Fiction Writing Classes

  • April 8, 2020

    Subgenres in Fiction

    With Brittany Jackson, Carnegie Center Development Associate. Join us as we explore the many different subgenres in fiction. We will look at what subgenres exist, explore exemplary titles, and examine how they are distinct from one another. We’ll also look at readers’ expectations and how to subvert or borrow across subgenres to improve your work. If you have a subgenre in mind for a project you’re working on, let us know in the comments section when you register.

    • Venue:
      Joseph-Beth Booksellers
    • Meets On:
          Wednesday, April 8
    • Time:
      6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • Address:
      161 Lexington Green Circle
      Lexington, KY, 40503
    • Cost:
      $30
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

      Register now for Subgenres in Fiction.

  • January 13, 2020

    Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group (Winter)

    With Jason Sizemore. Join an imaginative, diverse group of genre writers looking to improve and expand their abilities in these forms of fiction. This is a chance to learn sci-fi and fantasy writing tips, get feedback from others, and gain confidence as you write in these genres. Please bring a story or excerpt to read for the group on the first day. Limit: 10 participants. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, January 13 - March 9
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $104
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class January 20

  • January 15, 2020

    Fiction Writing Group (Winter)

    With Sarah Combs. This is an opportunity for fiction writers of all genres and levels of experience. Through hands-on writing exercises and discussion of contemporary fiction, we will examine such nuts-and-bolts elements as voice, point of view, mood, and plot. New extended hours! [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Fiction Writing Group (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, January 15 - March 18
    • Time:
      11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $150
  • January 25, 2020

    Intro to Writing Kids’ Books

    With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Author Academy Coordinator & Writing Mentor. This seminar introduces the children’s market subgenres and provides pointers for targeting your story. [BEGINNING] Register now for Intro to Writing Kids' Books.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, January 25
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • February 1, 2020

    We Need a Hero: The Fine Art of Writing Main Characters

    With Tiffany Reisz. Every novel needs a main character, and the best novels have the most memorable main characters. Join USA Today bestselling author Tiffany Reisz for a two-hour seminar for fiction writers who dream of creating the next Harry Potter, Atticus Finch, Elizabeth Bennett, or Count of Monte Cristo. We’ll explore the elements of what makes a strong, interesting, complicated main character that readers will remember long after they finish the book. The greatest heroes in literature will be discussed and debated. The class will also create a main chara...

  • February 10, 2020

    Picture Books

    With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Author Academy Coordinator & Writing Mentor. You don’t have to be an artist to write picture books! This workshop focuses on structuring, writing, and formatting your idea into a book perfect for the picture book market. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Picture Books.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, February 10 - March 16
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78
  • March 23, 2020

    Fiction Master Class

    With Tiffany Reisz. Join Tiffany Reisz in an MFA-style fiction workshop. Writers should be published or pursuing publication with a finished novel or short story. Writers must provide 10–20 pages for workshopping. Limit: 11 participants. [ADVANCED] [NEW!] Tiffany Reisz is a USA Today bestselling and Lambda Award-winning author, and lives in Louisville. Her novel The Red was chosen as an NPR Best Book of the Year in 2017. Submission deadline: Thursday, February 6 (submissions will be juried) Class dates: M...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, March 23 - April 27
    • Time:
      5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $135 (pay upon acceptance)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Submission deadline: Thursday, February 6 (submissions will be juried)

  • March 28, 2020

    The Heart of Plot: An Exploration of What Moves Us

    With Leigh Schmidli. Is plot the only thing that moves a character along their journey? As readers, what moves our hearts? We will explore what moves us—and our characters—by looking at the heart of plot, its poetic and emotional elements. Often the poetic is all about slowing down: a moment of reflection, a memory or image, a time of noticing. How can such stillness actually be about momentum—both physical and emotional? We will look at examples of stillness in fiction, examining the role these moments play in plot, but also how they engage readers, making the story lin...

  • April 6, 2020

    Writing Kids’ Books

    With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Author Academy Coordinator & Writing Mentor. Find focus, gain confidence, and learn about writing for kids through discussion, peer-sharing, and writing exercises. Come with a work-in-progress–or at least an idea for one. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Writing Kids' Books.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, April 6 - May 18
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
  • April 6, 2020

    Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group (Spring)

    With Jason Sizemore. Join an imaginative, diverse group of genre writers looking to improve and expand their abilities in these forms of fiction. This is a chance to learn sci-fi and fantasy writing tips, get feedback from others, and gain confidence as you write in these genres. Please bring a story or excerpt to read for the group on the first day. Limit: 10 participants. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, April 6 - May 18
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
  • April 8, 2020

    Fiction Writing Group (Spring)

    With Sarah Combs. This is an opportunity for fiction writers of all genres and levels of experience. Through hands-on writing exercises and discussion of contemporary fiction, we will examine such nuts-and-bolts elements as voice, point of view, mood, and plot. New extended hours! [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Fiction Writing Group (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, April 8 - May 20
    • Time:
      11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $105
  • April 25, 2020

    Write a Novel in Six Months

    With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Author Academy Coordinator & Writing Mentor. A once-a-month workshop that provides writers options for structuring their novel, developing pivotal plot scenes, writing prompts designed to help writers make forward progress, and group mentoring/brainstorming to help break through obstacles. Feel free to bring your lunch. [INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED] Register now for Write a Novel in Six Months. &nbs...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $132
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets on the last Saturday of each month, April through September. The May session will take place on May 30.

  • May 7, 2020

    More Than a Hook: Writing Strong Opening Paragraphs in Short Fiction

    With Jason Sizemore. When it comes to selling your work, no single facet of a story is more important than your introduction. Editors at all levels rely on those first few paragraphs to judge your work. We will discuss how to build great openings, read and cover exemplary published texts, and dissect and improve the introductions of your work—completed, in progress, or wholly new. Register now for More Than a Hook: Writing Strong Opening Paragraphs in Short Fiction.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, May 7 - May 21
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $39