$45 per hour; $30 per hour for those in need of financial assistance (additional assistance available if needed)

Do you need feedback on a manuscript? Could your writing improve with a dedicated coach? The Carnegie Center’s Writing Mentor Service is your opportunity to work one-on-one with a published writer.

For information on receiving a one-time review of your completed manuscript, contact Neil Chethik, Executive Director.

How to schedule an appointment with a mentor:

1. See below for full bios and email addresses for Carnegie Center writing mentors.
2. Contact your chosen mentor by email. Mention that you are interested in Carnegie Center mentoring and set up an appointment to meet virtually (until further notice).
3. Before you meet with your mentor, pay for your session online by clicking here. Please specify your mentor in the “notes” section during checkout.

Sylvia Ahrens is a retired English professor who loves all aspects of writing and believes there is a writer in everyone. She has degrees in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Women’s Studies from Western Kentucky University. Her chapbook Swooning and Other Art Forms won the Edna Meudt Memorial Award from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Sylvia’s latest chapbook, Dorothy’s Glasses, is available from Finishing Line Press. She has received several grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and serves as a Board Member for the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, and writes under the name Allison Thorpe.

Sylvia is available for mentoring in: poetry, women’s writing, editing, revising, and proofreading. If you are interested in meeting with Sylvia, send her an e-mail.

Robin Baskette is a freelance proofreader, copy editor, and writer. She has a background in engineering and math education. She started her own consulting business, where her work includes editing, technical writing, and education writing. She is a graduate of Purdue University and Eastern Kentucky University. Robin has published magazine articles and she is working on a young adult novel.

Robin is available for mentoring in: general writing skills, proofreading and editing, and non-fiction (memoir, articles, academic papers, and technical writing).
If you are interested in meeting with Robin, send her an e-mail.

Erin Chandler holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University and both a BA and Masters in Theatre from UK. Her recently published June Bug Versus Hurricanewas published in 2017 and can be found at bookstores, Ingram Publishers and Amazon. Her original play of the same name was produced at the Lost Studio in Los Angeles, prompting Nick Cassavetes to write a screenplay based on the book which Erin worked as script doctor. Work as a film and stage actress, writer and producer, garnered honors such as Best Ensemble and Best Script Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel (LA Independent Film Fest, New York International Independent Film Festival) and Best Actress (Dramalogue Award), David Rabe’s In the Boom Boom Room. Other film and television credits include Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Net, Dead Husbands, Chicago Hope and the upcoming Ted K. Erin lives in Versailles and teaches creative writing, playwriting and screenwriting. She has a weekly column in the Woodford Sun, a collection of essays, Cinderella Sweeping Up, to be published in June 2019, and a second novel in the works.

Erin is available for mentoring in screenwriting and playwriting. If you are interested in meeting with Erin, send her an e-mail.

Leif Erickson is an English professor who has taught composition, creative writing, literature, and other Humanities courses for nearly 20 years. Leif has been passionately obsessed with language and has come to view writing as a way of liberation. In the classroom (and to anyone who will listen), he takes joy in demystifying the writing process and encouraging students to view writing as a practice that enables them to enjoy the best life possible.

Leif holds a BA in English from Georgetown College, an MA in American Literature & Rhetoric/Composition from Eastern Kentucky University, and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Murray State University. His work has appeared, among other places, in Kentucky’s Twelve Days of Christmas and Kentucky Monthly magazine.

Leif is available for mentoring in: creative nonfiction; other types of nonfiction (i.e. academic writing, journalism, magazine writing, etc.); fiction; improved reading skills & habits; general writing technique and craft; analyzing literature and other writing; and proofreading/editing. If you are interested in meeting with Leif, send him an e-mail.

Lisa Haneberg has an MFA from Goddard College and is a fiction and nonfiction writer. She has published over fifteen nonfiction books and the first two books in her mystery series. She’s worked with agents, publicists, six traditional publishers, and has self-published print and e-books. She started blogging in 2004 before it was cool and is active on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Lisa did a 9,400-mile solo motorbike tour to promote one of her books.  She lives with her husband and two dogs in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit her website at www.lisahaneberg.com

Lisa is available for mentoring in revision, author platform, self-publishing, nonfiction book proposals, blogging, Facebook pages, marketing strategy, publishing process. If you are interested in meeting with Lisa, send her an e-mail.

Marcia Thornton Jones
is an award-winning author who has traditionally published 131 books for children with sales totaling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Her works include Woodford Brave, Ratfink, and Champ. She is also the co-author of seven popular series including “The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids”. Marcia, a full-time writer, lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She is the Coordinator of the Carnegie Center Author Academy. For more information, visit Marcia’s website or LinkedIn.

Marcia is available for mentoring in writing picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade fiction, and journaling. If you are interested in meeting with Marcia, send her an e-mail.

Claudia Love Mair is the author of about a dozen books, including The Amanda Bell Brown Mysteries and Don't You Fall Now, a memoir. She has an MFA in Writing at Spalding University, and she teaches writing at Carnegie and elsewhere. She serves as the coordinator of the Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative at the Carnegie Center.

Claudia is available for mentoring in fiction, memoir, and inspirational writing. If you are interested in meeting with Claudia, send her an e-mail.

Bill McCann, Jr
. is a playwright, producer and college writing teacher. Bill holds a MEd from the University of Virginia and an MA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky. In 2009, Bill helped found the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, Inc., a 501(c)3 public charity, whose sole purpose is to help and encourage playwrights and play writing in Kentucky; he is currently serving the organization as president. He is also an Associate Member of the Dramatist Guild of America. Since 2012, Bill has served on the board of directors of the Kentucky Theatre Association and served as the contest coordinator for the Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest. Finally, for the past two summers Bill has produced the Kentucky New Play Series (KNPS) at the Kentucky State Fair; so far the KNPS has premiered five short plays by Kentucky playwrights. During the academic year he teaches developmental English classes for Bluegrass Community and Technical College at both the Cooper and Winchester campuses; Bill also works as BCTC’s online writing tutor.

Bill is available for mentoring in playwrighting. If you are interested in meeting with Bill, send him an e-mail.

Doris Settles has a long career as a writer and photojournalist. She holds a B.S. in English/Journalism and M.S. in Instructional Design and has taught writing classes for years. She has served as a mentor in the UK Writing Center, and developed the first completely online English 101/102 sequence. She has written for newspapers and magazines, managed her own desktop-publishing business, and wrote her own “expert” book, which was both self-published and traditionally published. She is a frequent speaker at state, regional and national conferences on the topic of school safety and Digital Literacy.

Doris is available for mentoring in writing the expert book, writing nonfiction, magazine and corporate writing, and public speaking. If you are interested in meeting with Doris, send her an e-mail.

Jason Sizemore is a three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor, writer, and publisher who operates the science fiction, fantasy, and horror press Apex Book Company. He is the author of the collection of dark science fiction and horror shorts Irredeemableand the tell-all creative non-fiction For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher.

Jason is available for mentoring in science fiction, fantasy, or horror writing, copy editing, revising, developmental work, and proofreading. If you are interested in meeting with Jason, send him an e-mail.

Ben Woodard grew up in Lexington and has a background in marketing and management. He worked as a marketing manager for a major corporation and started his own consulting firm where his work included technical writing.

He began writing five years ago, concentrating on children’s books including picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. For the last three years, he has worked to develop an author platform and now has over 7,500 Twitter followers, nearly 2,000 friends on Goodreads, and a presence on other social networking sites. He has self-published several short stories, an illustrated middle-grade book, and a YA novel. Ben designs and publishes the books himself and hires editors, proofreaders, cover designers, and illustrators to help.

Ben is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Spellbinders storytelling group, and the Central Kentucky Children’s Writers.

Ben is available for mentoring in self-publishing books including getting started, marketing, building an author’s platform, networking, and other topics as requested. If you are interested in meeting with Ben, send him an e-mail.

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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