These classes are offered in partnership with the Lexington Pride Center and Read With Pride. 

Q-Munity Instructor

Jay McCoy has served the local writing community for years through Carnegie’s Q-Munity LGBTQIA+ reading & writing group, mentoring, teaching classes, and co-hosting open mic series.

Queering the Line – Fall 2022

In this seminar, we will take a recommendation from Sonia Sanchez: “Poetry is subconscious conversation, it is as much the work of those who understand it and those who make it.” We will continue that conversation and write new poems by pulling inspiration from classic and contemporary LGBTQIA+ poets. This is a safe space. Wednesday, September 21, 5:30pm - 7:00pm.

The Lavender Gaze – Fall 2022

For millennia, writers have taken inspiration from visual artists and musicians. This creative method is known as ekphrasis and is the central topic for this seminar. We will use visual art and music from LGBTQIA+ artists and musicians as prompts to write new work. This is a safe space. Wednesday, October 19, 5:30pm - 7:00pm.

Q-Munity (LGBTQIA+): Telling My Truth – Fall 2022

When we tell stories of our life, they could be fiction or fact, but they are always our truth. Most writers struggle with putting personal words to paper. Joy Harjo said, “I know I walk in and out of several wounds every day.” Rumi contemplated, “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” In this seminar, we will explore these ideas with prompts and strive to find the clarity of James Baldwin: “The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even but a millimeter the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” This is a safe space. Wednesday, Novemeber 16, 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Q-Munity Affiliated Classes

Writing Group for Young Adults – Fall 2022

Join us each session for generative in-class exercises, and share your work in a supportive environment. We will discuss writing concepts in an open format to build a strong foundation for a long-form project. Perfect for beginners and open to all genres and levels. This class is for emerging writers (ages 18-35) and serves to provide a welcoming space. Z Jackson is a writer, editor, and workshop leader with years of experience in the publishing industry. Mondays, September 12–October 24, 7:30pm–9pm.

Character Motivation – Fall 2022

The simple formula for plot: give your character a desire and then prevent them from obtaining that desire until they change. But people are more complicated and now more than ever readers desire characters that they can relate to–or characters who challenge their world views. We’ll thouroughly examine character motivation and explore exercises that will help your characters jump off the page. Good for fiction and nonfiction authors. Saturday, November 5, 10:30am–12:30pm.

Sensory Elements in Writing – Fall 2022

For both fiction and non-fiction writers, the smallest building blocks of sensory detail can strengthen character, world, and setting in ways that will enthrall your reader and keep them reading until the last page. We’ll talk sensory detail and engage in exercises to better utilize imagination as well as the world around us for stronger writing no matter what your project. Saturday, November 19, 10:30am–12:30pm.

Bending Reality in Fiction – Fall 2022

Genres like fabulism, slipstream, and magical realism are known for blurring the boundaries between the fantastic and the mundane. This blurring often results in stories that feel familiar, yet new, and that allow the author to explore complex themes in an accessible way. In this class, we’ll dig into the historical context of these genres, look at popular examples, and explore some of the building blocks for writing stories that bend reality. Saturday, December 3, 10:30am–12:30pm.

We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and writers and readers of all levels.

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Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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