Book Clubs for Kids

  • January 20, 2020

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: A Community Celebration

    After the downtown MLK march (Doors open at noon), head to the Carnegie Center to honor the legacy of Dr. King. Join us for lunch from IP&J Cuban Food and an inspirational speech by Farmer Brown. Participate in activities and workshops, including art with Cierra S. Spaulding, drumming with Joan Brannon, and poetry with

  • February 3, 2020

    English Language Classes

    Free English language classes are offered one night a week for adult ESL learners. The classes are small and the teachers are friendly. All language levels are welcome. Come join us! Offered in partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences and College of Education. Register for English/Ingles classes.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, February 3 - March 16
    • Time:
      6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, Kentucky, 40502
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • April 18, 2020

    Write the World

    With Mariama Lockington. GRADES 6–8: If you’re a tween who loves to play with words, this is the workshop for you! Write the World is a hands-on fiction workshop, where you’ll get to flex your storytelling skills in various ways. Come ready to plot, create new characters, and build magical settings with your words. Each week we will learn a new fiction writing trick and have time to write and read our work out loud. All levels welcome!

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturdays, April 18 - May 16
    • Time:
      11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class May 9

      Register now for Write the World.

  • March 14, 2020

    Bookmaking for Kids

    With Adrianne Gilley. GRADES K-3:  Have fun with friends making a variety of hand folded books using colorful paper and embellishments. Students will learn simple accordion and pamphlet folds with pockets, as well as share creative ideas for using their books to start the creative writing process. Adrianne Gilley is a local paper artist who received her B.A. in Art Studio from the University of Kentucky with a focus on Fiber and Book Art in 2003, and her M.S. in Library and Information Science in 2008. Register now for 

  • January 10, 2020

    Seniors Writing Group (Winter)

    With Sarah Combs. If you've reached that golden age, join this writing group, featuring in-class writing exercises; feedback for family stories, memoirs, poems and stories; tips for reading and publishing your work; and lively conversation and fellowship. This class is open to Fayette County residents 60 years of age and older. This class takes place at the Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane, Lexington.

    • Venue:
      Lexington Senior Center
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, January 10 - March 27
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      195 Life Lane
      Lexington, KY, 40502
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for Seniors Writing Group (Winter).

  • January 23, 2020

    ACT Science, English, & Reading Review (Winter)

    With Rajiv Khanna. For grades 10-12. This class is a focused review of specific skills needed to ace the science, English, and reading tests on the ACT. Space is limited! You must register at least one week in advance to be guaranteed a book on the first day. Register now for ACT Science, English, & Reading Review (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 23 - February 20
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $65 (includes book)
  • January 29, 2020

    Love Poems

    With Christopher McCurry. Join us for an introductory study of love poems. Participants will read, write, and share their own work exploring the forms and tones of erotic, romantic, and platonic love. Christopher McCurry is the founder of Workhorse, a publishing company and community for working writers.  [ALL LEVELS] This class meets at the Scott County Public Library, 104 S. Bradford Lane, Georgetown. To register, call 502-863-3566.

    • Venue:
      Scott County Public Library
    • Meets On:
          Wednesday, January 29
    • Time:
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Address:
      104 S. Bradford Lane
      Georgetown, KY, 40324
    • Cost:
      Free
  • January 27, 2020

    ACT Math Review (Winter)

    With Rajiv Khanna. For grades 10-12. This class is a focused review of specific math skills needed to ace the math section on the ACT. Space is limited! You must register at least one week in advance to be guaranteed a book on the first day. Register now for ACT Math Review (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, January 27 - March 2
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $65 (includes book)
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class February 17

  • April 6, 2020

    ACT Science, English, & Reading Review (Spring)

    With Rajiv Khanna. For grades 10-12. This class is a focused review of specific skills needed to ace the science, English, and reading tests on the ACT. Space is limited! You must register at least one week in advance to be guaranteed a book on the first day. Register now for ACT Science, English, & Reading Review (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, April 6 - May 4
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $65 (includes book)
  • March 15, 2020

    Bookbinding 101: Simple and Pretty

    With Susan Bradish. Create a four-section, tabbed, softcover book personalized for yourself or a friend (80 blank pages each). These books are easy to create and make lovely gifts for the writer, traveler, cook, or artist. The covers come in many vibrant colors and will be embellished with a coordinating image of your choice. Limit: 7 participants. As a local artist, bookbinder, and the owner of Skirted Turtle Studio in Lexington, Susan Bradish enjoys sharing the creative process with others in ways that will enhance and bolster their abilities to work c...

    • Venue:
      Skirted Turtle Studio
    • Meets On:
          Sunday, March 15
    • Time:
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Address:
      158 Burt Road
      Lexington, KY, 40503
    • Cost:
      $45 (includes materials)
  • April 8, 2020

    ACT Math Review (Spring)

    With Rajiv Khanna. For grades 10-12. This class is a focused review of specific math skills needed to ace the math section on the ACT. Space is limited! You must register at least one week in advance to be guaranteed a book on the first day. Register now for ACT Math Review (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, April 8 - May 6
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $65 (includes book)
  • 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.

  • April 19, 2020

    Hip-Hop: Lyricism & Leadership

    With Devine Carama. GRADES 9–12: Did you know that hip hop was created in the late 1970s to be a voice for the voiceless in underserved communities? In this upbeat class, we will explore the origins of hip hop culture, which has its root in rap music and community activism. We will create poems and songs for a local nonprofit, write an open letter to the Mayor, and do more activities designed to encourage the creative leader in all of you! Register now for Hip-Hop: Lyricis...

  • April 8, 2020

    Savoring Your Words: Writing Your Food Traditions

    With Ellen Birkett Morris. Learn how to convey the most elemental of experiences in words that will be savored long after your work is read. We’ll read compelling food narratives and give you the ingredients to create essays that capture your food heritage. Ellen Birkett Morris has written about food for Cooking Light, The National Culinary Review, NPR’s Kitchen Window, Gastronomica, Alimentum, and The Courier-Journal. [ALL LEVELS]

    • Venue:
      Good Foods Co-op
    • Meets On:
          Wednesday, April 8
    • Time:
      7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    • Address:
      455 Southland Drive
      Lexington, KY, 40503
    • Cost:
      $15 ($13 for Good Foods owners)
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets at Good Foods Co-op, 455 Southland Drive, Lexington. To register, go to goodfoods.coop & click on “Upcoming Events.”

  • April 10, 2020

    Seniors Writing Group (Spring)

    With Sarah Combs. If you've reached that golden age, join this writing group, featuring in-class writing exercises; feedback for family stories, memoirs, poems and stories; tips for reading and publishing your work; and lively conversation and fellowship. This class is open to Fayette County residents 60 years of age and older. This class takes place at the Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane, Lexington.

    • Venue:
      Lexington Senior Center
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, April 10 - May 22
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 am
    • Address:
      195 Life Lane
      Lexington, KY, 40502
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for Seniors Writing Group (Spring).

  • April 16, 2020

    Querying Agents: Novels

    With Jennifer Hester Mattox, Carnegie Center Kentucky Great Writers Series Coordinator Learn the process for seeking a literary agent, from beginning to end: where to find agents, the formula for writing a query letter, what may be required in your submission package, how to keep track of query submissions, and the proper etiquette for interacting with agents. Though your novel must be completed before you submit to literary agents, you do not need to be finished in order to register for this seminar. Led by Jennifer Mattox, whose fiction is represented by the John Hawkins & Assoc...

    • Venue:
      Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Lexington)
    • Meets On:
          Thursday, April 16
    • Time:
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Address:
      161 Lexington Green Circle
      Lexington, KY, 40503
    • Cost:
      $30
    • Addl Info:
         

       PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR: $35; Link will be emailed to you within two business days of registering  • Register Here

  • April 23, 2020

    Querying Agents: Novels

    With Jennifer Hester Mattox, Carnegie Center Kentucky Great Writers Series Coordinator Learn the process for seeking a literary agent, from beginning to end: where to find agents, the formula for writing a query letter, what may be required in your submission package, how to keep track of query submissions, and the proper etiquette for interacting with agents. Though your novel must be completed before you submit to literary agents, you do not need to be finished in order to register for this seminar. Led by Jennifer Mattox, whose fiction is represented by the John Hawkins & Assoc...

    • Venue:
      Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Crestview Hills-NKY)
    • Meets On:
          Thursday, April 23
    • Time:
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Address:
      2785 Dixie Hwy
      Crestview Hills , KY , 41017
    • Cost:
      $30
    • Addl Info:
         

      PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR: $35; Link will be emailed to you within two business days of registering  • Register Here

  • January 25, 2020

    Girl Power: A Book Club for Girls Who Will Change the World

    With Cierra Spaulding. For 6-8 year-olds & their grown-ups. This is an interactive and engaging story time where girls will listen to an empowering book that will build self-esteem and increase social and emotional confidence! Along with hearing a new story each session, students will enjoy a snack, participate in a related craft activity, and receive a free copy of the featured book. Led by Cierra Spaulding, founder of Masterpiece Creative Group and an educator who has served children across the state in various capacities for over 10 years.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:30 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets Saturdays, January 25, February 8 & 22, March 7 & 21, April 18 & 25, 10:30am– noon. Come to one class or all! Please register for each session you plan to attend.

      Choose your dates and register now for Girl Power: A Book Club for Girls Who Will Change the World.

  • April 6, 2020

    Lower Elementary Reading (Spring)

    With Martha Crumbie. For grades K-2. This is a fun, hands-on, and interactive class. Students will play games and learn strategies that will help with their reading skills including vocabulary development, alphabet knowledge, letter-sound correlation, concepts of print, listening comprehension, and comprehension. Funded by the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Register now for Lower Elementary Reading (Spring).  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, April 6 - May 18
    • Time:
      3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • February 3, 2020

    English Language Classes

    Free English language classes are offered one night a week for adult ESL learners. The classes are small and the teachers are friendly. All language levels are welcome. Come join us! Offered in partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences and College of Education.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, February 3 - April 27
    • Time:
      6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free
  • January 13, 2020

    Lower Elementary Reading (Winter)

    With Martha Crumbie. For grades K-2. This is a fun, hands-on, and interactive class. Students will play games and learn strategies that will help with their reading skills including vocabulary development, alphabet knowledge, letter-sound correlation, concepts of print, listening comprehension, and comprehension. Funded by the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Register now for Lower Elementary Reading (Winter).  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, January 13 - March 23
    • Time:
      3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class January 20

  • April 6, 2020

    Lower Elementary Math (Spring)

    With Martha Crumbie. For grades K-2. The class is structured to provide your child with strategies, skills, and concepts that are the building blocks for higher level and more complex math, through a hands-on, active, and engaging approach. Register now for Lower Elementary Math (Spring).    

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, April 6 - May 18
    • Time:
      4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • January 13, 2020

    Lower Elementary Math (Winter)

    With Martha Crumbie. For grades K-2. The class is structured to provide your child with strategies, skills, and concepts that are the building blocks for higher level and more complex math, through a hands-on, active, and engaging approach. Register now for Lower Elementary Math (Winter).    

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, January 13 - March 23
    • Time:
      4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • April 7, 2020

    Upper Elementary Reading (Spring)

    With Martha Crumbie. For grades 3-5. In this fun and hands-on class, we'll work on reading strategies and comprehension techniques. Students will play games that help to boost their reading skills and engage in activities that demonstrate their reading comprehension. Funded by the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Register now for Upper Elementary Reading (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, April 7 - May 12
    • Time:
      3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • 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 14, 2020

    Upper Elementary Reading (Winter)

    With Martha Crumbie. For grades 3-5. In this fun and hands-on class, we'll work on reading strategies and comprehension techniques. Students will play games that help to boost their reading skills and engage in activities that demonstrate their reading comprehension. Funded by the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Register now for Upper Elementary Reading (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, January 14 - March 17
    • Time:
      3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • April 9, 2020

    ESL for Kids (Spring)

    With Claire Johnson. For grades K-3. This weekly class will help English Language Learners develop necessary speaking, reading, and writing skills through a variety of hands-on, collaborative activities. Register now for ESL for Kids (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, April 9 - May 21
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • January 9, 2020

    ESL for Kids (Winter)

    With Claire Johnson. For grades K-3. This weekly class will help English Language Learners develop necessary speaking, reading, and writing skills through a variety of hands-on, collaborative activities. Register now for ESL for Kids (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 9 - February 27
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • 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
  • April 8, 2020

    Spanish for Kids (Spring)

    With Guipsy Lopez. For grades 1-5. ¡Hola! Join us for this fun, hands-on workshop for kids. You'll learn the basics of the Spanish language from a native Spanish speaker through fun games, crafts, songs, activities, and more! Guipsy Lopez was born in Margarita, Venezuela, and she has led multiple science and Spanish programs for kids over the years. Register now for Spanish for Kids (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, April 8 - May 20
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • February 12, 2020

    Spanish for Kids (Winter)

    With Guipsy Lopez. For grades 1-5. ¡Hola! Join us for this fun, hands-on workshop for kids. You'll learn the basics of the Spanish language from a native Spanish speaker through fun games, crafts, songs, activities, and more! Guipsy Lopez was born in Margarita, Venezuela, and she has led multiple science and Spanish programs for kids over the years. Register now for Spanish for Kids (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, February 12 - March 25
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • April 8, 2020

    Upper Elementary Math (Spring)

    With Elise Mandel. For grades 3-5. Work and play together! This class uses games and cooperative activities to introduce and reinforce math skills such as addition, subtraction, logic, multiplication, division, fractions, and more. Handouts provided and some homework help will be available. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend! Register now for Upper Elementary Math (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, April 8 - May 20
    • Time:
      4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class February 5

  • 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
  • January 15, 2020

    Upper Elementary Math (Winter)

    With Elise Mandel. For grades 3-5. Work and play together! This class uses games and cooperative activities to introduce and reinforce math skills such as addition, subtraction, logic, multiplication, division, fractions, and more. Handouts provided and some homework help will be available. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend! Register now for Upper Elementary Math (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, January 15 - March 25
    • Time:
      4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class February 5

  • April 8, 2020

    Middle School Math (Spring)

    With Elise Mandel. For grades 6-8. In this class, we will review and practice fundamental concepts that lay the foundation for middle school math success through games, discussion, worksheets, and more. Register now for Middle School Math (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, April 8 - May 20
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • 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...

  • January 15, 2020

    Middle School Math (Winter)

    With Elise Mandel. For grades 6-8. In this class, we will review and practice fundamental concepts that lay the foundation for middle school math success through games, discussion, worksheets, and more. Register now for Middle School Math (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, January 15 - March 1
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class February 5

  • April 9, 2020

    Playing and Writing Stories (PAWS) (Spring)

    With Cristina Crocker-Escribano. For grades 1-2. What if your toys could talk to you? What if your dog or cat could talk to you? What would they say? What stories would they tell? In this class, kids can bring their toys and photos of their pets. We will use them for inspiration as we write poems and act out scripts. We will read children’s books as prompts for stories and poetry. Register now for Playing and Writing Stories (PAWS) (Spring).  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, April 9 - May 21
    • Time:
      4:30 pm - 12:00 am
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • 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
  • January 16, 2020

    Playing and Writing Stories (PAWS) (Winter)

    With Cristina Crocker-Escribano. For grades 1-2. What if your toys could talk to you? What if your dog or cat could talk to you? What would they say? What stories would they tell? In this class, kids can bring their toys and photos of their pets. We will use them for inspiration as we write poems and act out scripts. We will read children’s books as prompts for stories and poetry. Register now for Playing and Writing Stories (PAWS) (Winter).  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 16 - March 19
    • Time:
      4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • 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)

  • January 23, 2020

    Bee Smart: Spelling Bee Prep

    With Elise Mandel. For ages 8-14. Can you spell marionette? Pepperoni? Ukulele? We’ll learn lots of fun words, play crosswords and other games, and learn about word roots in French, Hawaiian, and other languages as we prepare for your school’s spelling bee. Register now for Bee Smart: Spelling Bee Prep.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 23 - February 6
    • Time:
      4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • April 7, 2020

    French for Kids (Spring)

    With Erica House. For grades 1-5. Give your child the advantage of learning French at an early age. Besides enhancing memory and developing better problem-solving and critical thinking skills, learning a foreign language can be FUN! We will learn French through songs, games, stories, and more. À bientôt! Register now for French for Kids (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, April 7 - May 5
    • Time:
      4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • 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...

  • February 4, 2020

    French for Kids (Winter)

    With Erica House. For grades 1-5. Give your child the advantage of learning French at an early age. Besides enhancing memory and developing better problem-solving and critical thinking skills, learning a foreign language can be FUN! We will learn French through songs, games, stories, and more. À bientôt! Register now for French for Kids (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, February 4 - March 3
    • Time:
      4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • April 8, 2020

    Outstanding Writers League (OWL) (Spring)

    With Carole Johnston. For grades 3-5. In the Outstanding Writers League (OWL), you'll hone your writing skills in a creative, hands-on environment! Together, we'll explore how fun writing can be as we write stories, poems, blogs, comic strips, and more. Funded by the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Register now for Outstanding Writers League (OWL) (Spring).    

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, April 8 - May 20
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • 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
  • February 12, 2020

    Outstanding Writers League (OWL) (Winter)

    With Carole Johnston. For grades 3-5. In the Outstanding Writers League (OWL), you'll hone your writing skills in a creative, hands-on environment! Together, we'll explore how fun writing can be as we write stories, poems, blogs, comic strips, and more. Funded by the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Register now for Outstanding Writers League (OWL) (Winter).    

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, February 12 - March 25
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • April 9, 2020

    Dragon Girls (Spring)

    With Carole Johnston. For girls in grades 5-6. Dragons can be symbolic of amazing strength, deep magic, and creativity. This club for girls will encourage self-confidence and self-expression through reading, writing, and poetry. We will read and discuss various books of fiction and poetry that feature strong girls who can take care of themselves. Our protagonists will actually tame dragons, some real and some metaphorical. Girls will write poems and stories to express their own unique and fantastic selves.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, April 9 - May 21
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for Dragon Girls (Spring).

  • 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
  • January 16, 2020

    Dragon Girls (Winter)

    With Carole Johnston. For girls in grades 5-6. Dragons can be symbolic of amazing strength, deep magic, and creativity. This club for girls will encourage self-confidence and self-expression through reading, writing, and poetry. We will read and discuss various books of fiction and poetry that feature strong girls who can take care of themselves. Our protagonists will actually tame dragons, some real and some metaphorical. Girls will write poems and stories to express their own unique and fantastic selves.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 16 - March 19
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for Dragon Girls (Winter).

  • April 9, 2020

    Math through Dungeons & Dragons (Spring)

    With Elaphe Crubb. For grades 6-9. Join us for an adventure in learning! This class uses the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons to show kids how fun critical thinking, teamwork, and math can be. Through co-operative storytelling, kids learn to work together to solve problems with the tools provided. Math topics covered range from addition and multiplication to algebra and probability, depending on the individual student’s needs. Elaphe Crabb holds multiple degrees in math and engineering from UK, and works with private students in multiple subjects and educ...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, April 9 - May 21
    • Time:
      5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • 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
  • January 23, 2020

    Math through Dungeons & Dragons (Winter)

    With Elaphe Crubb. For grades 6-9. Join us for an adventure in learning! This class uses the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons to show kids how fun critical thinking, teamwork, and math can be. Through co-operative storytelling, kids learn to work together to solve problems with the tools provided. Math topics covered range from addition and multiplication to algebra and probability, depending on the individual student’s needs. Elaphe Crabb holds multiple degrees in math and engineering from UK, and works with private students in multiple subjects and educ...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 23 - March 12
    • Time:
      5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • April 7, 2020

    Creative Writing for Middle Schoolers

    With Randi Ewing. For grades 6-8. Do you have a young creative writer at home? If so, this class is for them. Students will write their own stories while learning good writing practices and the basics of storytelling. Register now for Creative Writing for Middle Schoolers.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, April 7 - May 12
    • Time:
      4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • 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
  • March 24, 2020

    Embracing Black History

    With Martha Crumbie. For grades K-5. This class will connect kids with black history by engaging them in activities such as reading books, listening to music, watching videos, playing games, and exploring history. There will be plenty of fun ways for kids to learn about the African-American experience. Register now for Embracing Black History.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesday, March 24
    • Time:
      4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • January 7, 2020

    Nonfiction Writing Group (Winter)

    With Neil Chethik, Carnegie Center Executive Director. Join a lively, diverse group of people in exploring nonfiction writing, including personal essays, columns, magazine pieces, and autobiography. This is a chance to limber up as a writer, get feedback from others, and gain confidence in an affirming atmosphere. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Nonfiction Writing Group (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, January 7 - March 24
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $156
  • February 6, 2020

    Memoir: Writing from the Heart (Winter)

    With Erin Chandler. Ernest Hemingway once said, “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.” If you begin with radical honesty, for a memoir or essay, you will be working from a place of integrity, of genuine sincerity. We will stretch our imaginations as well as our courage to tell the truth in the most creative way possible. Register now for Memoir: Writing from the Heart (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, February 6 - March 26
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $104
  • March 12, 2020

    Effective Opinion Writing

    With Tom Eblen, Carnegie Center Literary Arts Liaison. Do you want to effectively express your opinions in social media and blog posts, op-ed columns, and letters to the editor of your local newspaper? Learn how to write persuasive, engaging, fact-based commentary and get it published. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Effective Opinion Writing.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, March 12 - March 26
    • Time:
      5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $39
  • January 7, 2020

    Flow & Grow Story Time Yoga (Winter)

    With Lisa King. For 2-4 year-olds & their grown-ups. Story time comes alive with music, movement and yoga poses. During each session, we will read a story and retell it using yoga poses to stretch our bodies and our imaginations. We will explore our breath, mindful movement, purposeful play, creative expression and connect to ourselves, our friends and our world. Register now for Flow & Grow Story Time (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, January 7 - January 28
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 11:15 am
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $5
  • April 7, 2020

    Nonfiction Writing Group (Spring)

    With Neil Chethik, Carnegie Center Executive Director. Join a lively, diverse group of people in exploring nonfiction writing, including personal essays, columns, magazine pieces, and autobiography. This is a chance to limber up as a writer, get feedback from others, and gain confidence in an affirming atmosphere. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Nonfiction Writing Group (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, April 7 - May 26
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $104
  • January 18, 2020

    Toddler Book Club (Monthly)

    With Glenna Holloway.  For 2 year-olds & their grown-ups. Join us for story time, parent-assisted activities, and snacks designed to encourage early excitement for reading through hands-on activities for parent and child. This laid-back atmosphere is friendly to busy toddlers and preschoolers and is a great first introduction to a story-time setting. Funded by PNC Foundation. Choose your dates and register now for Toddler Book Club.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:15 am - 11:15 am
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Toddler Book Club meets on Saturdays, January 18, February 22, March 21, April 18, & May 16, 10:15–11:15am. Come to one class or all! Please register for each session you plan to attend. A free book is given to the first 10 registered families in attendance.

  • April 25, 2020

    Memoir: Writing from the Heart (Spring)

    With Erin Chandler. Ernest Hemingway once said, “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.” If you begin with radical honesty, for a memoir or essay, you will be working from a place of integrity, of genuine sincerity. We will stretch our imaginations as well as our courage to tell the truth in the most creative way possible. Register now for Memoir: Writing from the Heart (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, April 25
    • Time:
      11:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $35
  • January 18, 2020

    Early Learner Book Club (Monthly)

    With Glenna Holloway.  For 3-5 year-olds & their grown-ups. Join us for story time, parent-assisted activities, and snacks designed to encourage early excitement for reading through hands-on activities for parent and child. This laid-back atmosphere is friendly to busy toddlers and preschoolers and is a great first introduction to a story-time setting. Funded by PNC Foundation. Choose your dates and register now for Early Learner Book Club.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Early Learner Book Club meets on Saturdays, January 18, February 22, March 21, April 18, & May 16, 11:30am–12:30pm. Come to one class or all! Please register for each session you plan to attend. A free book is given to first 10 registered families in attendance.

  • April 29, 2020

    Writing the Life You’ve Lived

    With Sylvia Lovely. This course is aimed at women over 50 who perhaps never thought of writing their stories but are intrigued by the possibilities of gaining greater strength and resilience in challenging times. Join us for an engaging and fun exercise by exploring your amazing life and purpose through writing. Being well over 50 and having experienced life learning lessons through adversity, Sylvia Lovely has written her own story as a witness to a life with moments of crushing defeat and ultimately triumph. [ALL LEVELS]

    • Venue:
      Good Foods Co-op
    • Meets On:
          Wednesday, April 29
    • Time:
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Address:
      455 Southland Drive
      Lexington, KY, 40503
    • Cost:
      $15 ($13 for Good Foods owners)
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets at Good Foods Co-op, 455 Southland Drive, Lexington. To register, go to goodfoods.coop & click on “Upcoming Events.”

  • February 4, 2020

    Click, Clack, Moo: Fun With Sounds (Winter)

    With Melissa Johnson-Farris.  For babies/toddlers (birth-2-year-olds) & their grown-ups. It’s never too early to have fun with books and sounds! This class will introduce your little one to oral language skills. Through engaging book-themed activities, we will encourage children to make associations between letters, sounds, and their own voice! Learn creative ways to use books in your daily activities with your little one. Led by speech-language pathologist Melissa Johnson-Farris. Funded by PNC Foundation.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:15 am - 11:00 am
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Choose your dates and register now for Click, Clack, Moo: Fun With Sounds (Winter).

      Click, Clack, Moo: Fun With Sounds (Winter) meets Tuesdays, February 4–25, 10:15–11am. Come to one class or come to all of them! Please register for each session you plan to attend. A free book is given to first 10 registered families in attendance.

  • February 8, 2020

    The Basics of Scrivener

    With Lisa Haneberg. During this introduction to the Scrivener writing software, participants will explore the basic features of the app and learn simple ways Scrivener can help you plot, plan, write, and revise books or shorter works. In addition to this one-time class, those who attend will be invited to participate in an optional follow-up session approximately one month after the class date. Register now for The Basics of Scrivener.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, February 8
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $35
    • Addl Info:
         

      Note: It is highly recommended, though not required, that participants bring their laptop or iPad if they already own Scrivener.

  • February 7, 2020

    Spanish for Early Learners

    With Rosa Paulin.  For babies/toddlers (birth-5-year-olds) & their grown ups. Learn Spanish with Rosa as you and your child embark on an around-the-world adventure! Through dramatic play activities, your little one will become familiarized with common Spanish phrases, the alphabet, numbers, and a taste of travel. Register now for Spanish for Early Learners.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, February 7 - February 28
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 11:30 am
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • April 7, 2020

    Flow & Grow Story Time Yoga (Spring)

    With Lisa King. For 2-4 year-olds & their grown-ups. Story time comes alive with music, movement and yoga poses. During each session, we will read a story and retell it using yoga poses to stretch our bodies and our imaginations. We will explore our breath, mindful movement, purposeful play, creative expression and connect to ourselves, our friends and our world. Register now for Flow & Grow Story Time (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, April 7 - April 28
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 11:15 am
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $5
  • February 29, 2020

    Introduction to Self-Publishing

    With Andrew Shaffer. Publishing your own work has never been easier. Unfortunately, if you’re new to self-publishing, you can end up thousands of dollars in the hole before ever selling a single book. If you know what pitfalls to avoid, however, you can professionally publish your own books without breaking the bank. Learn the basics of cover design, ebook and print book formatting, and self-publishing. [ALL LEVELS]

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, February 29
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for Introduction to Self-Publishing.

  • April 28, 2020

    Click, Clack, Moo: Fun With Sounds (Spring)

    With Melissa Johnson-Farris.  For babies/toddlers (birth-2-year-olds) & their grown-ups. It’s never too early to have fun with books and sounds! This class will introduce your little one to oral language skills. Through engaging book-themed activities, we will encourage children to make associations between letters, sounds, and their own voice! Learn creative ways to use books in your daily activities with your little one. Led by speech-language pathologist Melissa Johnson-Farris. Funded by PNC Foundation.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:15 am - 11:00 am
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Choose your dates and register now for Click, Clack, Moo: Fun With Sounds (Spring).

      Click, Clack, Moo: Fun With Sounds (Spring) meets Tuesdays, April 28–May 19, 10:15–11am. Come to one class or come to all of them! Please register for each session you plan to attend. A free book is given to first 10 registered families in attendance.

  • March 5, 2020

    Finding an Agent & Publisher

    With Tracee de Hahn. Are you ready to find an agent and publisher? Perfect the pitch that will get the attention of an agent. Leave ready to translate the pitch into a competitive query letter, synopsis and proposal. The class will focus on the pitch, which is at the heart of any sell. We will workshop the idea at the heart of the novel or memoir, then turn that into a query letter. From here, participants can use our examples to finalize their synopsis and proposal. Led by Tracee de Hahn, author of the Agnes Lüthi mystery series, published by St. Martin's Press.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursday, March 5
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • May 16, 2020

    Nonfiction Book Proposals

    With Andrew Shaffer. Got an idea for a nonfiction book or memoir? Before you invest months or years writing it, hold up! Nonfiction publishing isn’t like the fiction market—you don’t need to have a completed manuscript before querying agents. Register now for Nonfiction Book Proposals.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, May 16
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • January 10, 2020

    Free Writing Practice (Winter)

    With Leslie Dodd. This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We write from a variety of prompts designed to get writers to loosen their inner censor and simply get words on the page. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to the other participating members who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zen-like practice originated in Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones. Led by Leslie Dodd, painter, poet, songwriter, and aspiring folk opera writer, who has...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, January 10 - March 27
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 am
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
      United States
    • Cost:
      Free
  • January 13, 2020

    Q-munity: An LGBTQ* Reading & Writing Group (Winter)

    With Jay McCoy. Writing may be a solitary endeavor, but writers grow in their craft when they find someone for feedback and support. Contoured to the LGBTQ* community, this group will allow you to explore your authentic voice and expression while discovering the rich history and current landscape of LGBTQ* writing. Welcoming of all genres, writing levels, and identities, it will be a generative workshop with in-class free writing and directed exercises. Each week, we will engage in guided discussions drawn from assigned short readings. You will have the opportunity to sh...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, January 13 - February 24
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on January 20

  • February 5, 2020

    Writing for Healing (Winter)

    With Laverne Zabielski. For emerging and advanced writers. Develop a rigorous practice of writing to confront, comfort, and overcome the emotional pain that eventually settles upon us during a life lived to its fullest. Using timed writings, you will write and share work in class, develop deep listening skills, and cultivate the ability to respond to the work of other writers. Not everything that gets written becomes a poem or narrative. However, everything that gets written gives us a deeper glimpse into who we are and what we have to share. Laverne Zabielski is a write...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, February 5 - February 26
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $52
  • February 12, 2020

    Your Hero’s Journey

    With Patch Drury. This course takes you on a deep dive into Joseph Campbell's world-famous monomyth. We explore the application and symbolism of all 17 steps and explain through lectures, conversation, and exercises, how this structure can help you as a writer create relevant characters and emotionally compelling plot. [ALL LEVELS] [NEW!] Register now for Your Hero's Journey.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, February 12 - March 4
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $52
  • March 30, 2020

    Writing Retreat

    With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Author Academy Coordinator & Writing Mentor. Break through writing obstacles during this week-long writing retreat designed to provide motivation and promote writing flow for novel writers. Each day of this retreat will include: freewriting exercises, goal-setting, morning independent writing time, lunchtime discussions focusing on craft (lunch not provided), afternoon independent writing time, and problem-solving sessions to help break through blocks and prepare for the next day. The retreat will culminate with a share/res...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 3:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $165
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets each day, Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3, 10:30-3:00 pm.

  • April 8, 2020

    Writing for Healing (Spring)

    With Laverne Zabielski. For emerging and advanced writers. Develop a rigorous practice of writing to confront, comfort, and overcome the emotional pain that eventually settles upon us during a life lived to its fullest. Using timed writings, you will write and share work in class, develop deep listening skills, and cultivate the ability to respond to the work of other writers. Not everything that gets written becomes a poem or narrative. However, everything that gets written gives us a deeper glimpse into who we are and what we have to share. Laverne Zabielski is a write...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, April 8 - April 29
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $52
  • April 9, 2020

    Spiritual Writing

    With Karen Leet. When "the world is too much with us" (William Wordsworth), let's offer hope, encouragement and inspiration with our writing. We'll explore varied forms of spiritual/inspirational writing, such as devotions, self-help, personal experience and more. Let's make the world a kinder place through our words. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Spiritual Writing.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, April 9 - April 23
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $39
  • May 20, 2020

    Celebrate Children’s Literature

    Celebrate National Children's Book Week with book-making, children's writing prompts, and an appearance by a guest author! Every family takes home a signed copy of the author's book!

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesday, May 20
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free
  • April 9, 2020

    Your First Chapter

    With Darlene Ricker. An agent or editor who finds your query interesting will normally request at least one sample chapter before deciding whether to offer you a contract. The first chapter can make or break a deal. In this course you will revise your first chapter multiple times, with the goal of producing a chapter ready for submission to a literary agent or publisher. This class is open to fiction and nonfiction writers. NOTE: Your chapter does not have to be complete in order to participate in this class. In her work with top literary agents and publishers, Darlene R...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, April 9 - April 30
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $52
  • April 10, 2020

    Free Writing Practice (Spring)

    With Leslie Dodd. This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We write from a variety of prompts designed to get writers to loosen their inner censor and simply get words on the page. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to the other participating members who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zen-like practice originated in Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones. Led by Leslie Dodd, painter, poet, songwriter, and aspiring folk opera writer, who has...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, April 10 - May 22
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
      United States
    • Cost:
      Free
  • April 14, 2020

    Q-munity: An LGBTQ* Reading & Writing Group (Spring)

    With Jay McCoy. Writing may be a solitary endeavor, but writers grow in their craft when they find someone for feedback and support. Contoured to the LGBTQ* community, this group will allow you to explore your authentic voice and expression while discovering the rich history and current landscape of LGBTQ* writing. Welcoming of all genres, writing levels, and identities, it will be a generative workshop with in-class free writing and directed exercises. Each week, we will engage in guided discussions drawn from assigned short readings. You will have the opportunity to sh...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, April 14 - May 19
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free
  • May 2, 2020

    Conference Prep: The Pitch, First Page Critique, & More

    With Jennifer Mattox, Carnegie Center Kentucky Great Writers Series Coordinator. If you're serious about your writing, you'll want to hear some helpful tips before you attend the Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference. We’ll discuss how to pitch to an agent, what to expect from the First Page Critique Panel, and ways networking with the literary community can benefit you. Register now for Conference Prep: The Pitch, First Page Critique, & More (in-person). ...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, May 2
    • Time:
      11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE; only available with registration to the 2019 Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference
    • Addl Info:
         

      Note: Completion of the Querying Agents: Novels seminar is recommended, but not required.

      This free class is only available with registration to the 2020 Books-in-Progress Conference. This class will be recorded and emailed to all 2020 Books-in-Progress Conference participants. Please register if you plan to attend the in-person session.

  • January 6, 2020

    Nuts & Bolts of Editing

    With Brian Throckmorton. Get an overview of the work of an editor: the different kinds of editing; resources to be aware of; communicating with your writer; ways to approach a text; proofreading tips; and myths and traps to avoid. Each class will incorporate real-time practical exercises.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, January 6 - February 3
    • Time:
      5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $52
  • March 18, 2020

    Celebrate Health

    Join us as we show appreciation for our environment through educational activities and earth-related crafts!

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesday, March 18
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free
  • February 20, 2020

    Final Revisions

    With Jennifer Hester Mattox. Despite our well-written pieces, most of us overwrite, resulting in books and stories with large word counts, slow pacing, and other pitfalls that might make an agent, editor, or reader stop reading before reaching the end. Learn strategies for reducing your word count and sharpening your sentences for a more vibrant and interesting piece—without changing your storyline or characters. Register now for Final Revisions.

    • Venue:
      Joseph-Beth Booksellers
    • Meets On:
          Thursday, February 20
    • Time:
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Address:
      161 Lexington Green Circle
      Lexington, KY, 40503
    • Cost:
      $30
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington.

  • April 15, 2020

    Celebrate the Earth

    Join us as we show appreciation for our environment through educational activities and earth-related crafts!

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesday, April 15
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free
  • March 7, 2020

    The Final Edit

    With Tracee de Hahn. The book is finished; now what? The final polish can make a difference between getting the attention of an agent, or not. We will review format, POV, characters, themes, and, of course, the writing, among other need-to-get-it-right details. Led by Tracee de Hahn, author of the Agnes Lüthi mystery series, published by St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books. Register now for The Final Edit.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, March 7
    • Time:
      10:30 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • January 7, 2020

    SLAM

    With JC McPherson, Affrilachian Poet. This 4-week session will explore the history of the slam poetry movement. Along with videos, guest performances, and discussion, participants will gain a solid understanding about why the slam movement exists. The keys to successful performances will be explored. And during this process, we will craft a poem that is slam worthy.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, January 7 - January 28
    • Time:
      7:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $52
    • Addl Info:
         

      Led by Affrilachian Poet JC McPherson, co-host of the Blood Speaks: Poetry Slam & Open Mic.

  • January 9, 2020

    Poetry Master Class: Developing a Book of Poetry

    With Katerina Stoykova. In this class we will not only write and workshop individual poems but will work deliberately towards finishing a project. We will learn to understand the essence of the poetry book we’ve been writing and learn to help shape it into what it naturally desires to be. We will also learn how to lift the focus beyond the individual poem and tune our senses to the concert of the whole. You may or may not complete your book during the class, but you will gain understanding and appreciation of the process, as well as gain energy and momentum for the writi...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 9 - February 27
    • Time:
      5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $175 (pay upon acceptance)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Submission deadline: Wednesday, December 18 (submissions will be juried)

      Class meets: Thursdays, January 9-February 27, 5:15-7:15 pm

  • February 1, 2020

    Verse Flow: How to Read and Engage Poetry

    With Shauna M. Morgan. Often regarded as obscure or esoteric, poetry can sometimes seem inaccessible or difficult to understand. In this workshop, we will consider the many ways one can engage with poetry. We will climb into and onto poems, work our way through lines, dance with words, and experience the joy of reading poetry. Participants will also begin to explore modes of critique as we learn how to analyze poetry. A teacher of creative writing and literature at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Shauna M. Morgan is currently leading inclusion and equity initiativ...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, February 1
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • February 4, 2020

    Soapbox Sessions: Poetry Writing Workshop (Winter)

    With JC McPherson, Affrilachian Poet.  Join Affrilachian Poet JC McPherson for this creative writing workshop. Participants will bring poems weekly that we will workshop and prepare for submission. Prompts will be provided weekly as well as examples to provide creative inspiration. Register now for Soapbox Sessions: Poetry Writing Workshop (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, February 4 - March 10
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78
  • April 7, 2020

    Soapbox Sessions: Poetry Writing Workshop (Spring)

    With JC McPherson, Affrilachian Poet.  Join Affrilachian Poet JC McPherson for this creative writing workshop. Participants will bring poems weekly that we will workshop and prepare for submission. Prompts will be provided weekly as well as examples to provide creative inspiration. Register now for Soapbox Sessions: Poetry Writing Workshop (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, April 7 - May 12
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78
  • May 2, 2020

    Ecstatic Poetry

    With Brandon Thompson. As once practiced by the familiar poets Rumi and Hafiz, ecstatic poetry is, at its heart, a journey into the Divine within. It is a way of contacting our essence. By utilizing practices such as meditation and yoga, time in nature, inviting synchronicity, and more, this retreat will offer participants an opportunity to experience poetry writing as a visionary art. In addition to sharing in the work of classic ecstatic writers, participants will also survey mystical art and writing by more contemporary creators. Concepts will be introduced such as ec...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, May 2
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 1:45 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $40
  • January 1, 2020

    Grantwriting Basics (Webinar)

    With Jennifer Mattox, Carnegie Center Development Director. This is a PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR. Link will be emailed to you within two business days of registering. Writing a grant (or learning where to find one) can be daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. Learn the basics about grant research, how to write a grant, what to include in your proposal and project budgets, the do’s and don’ts of grantwriting, and more! This 90-minute class is geared toward grantwriting for nonprofit organizations and artists.

  • January 14, 2020

    Brain Power for Seniors (Winter)

    With Elise Mandel. Keep your brain sharp! In this fun class, we will do word games, number games, logic puzzles, and all kinds of challenges to keep your brain moving! Register now for Brain Power for Seniors (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Lexington Senior Center
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, January 14 - March 10
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 11:30 am
    • Address:
      195 Life Lane
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class February 18

      This class is open to Fayette County residents 60 years of age and over. This class takes place at the Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane, Lexington.

  • January 21, 2020

    Know Your Kentucky: Bourbon

    With Gathan Borden. Our Know Your Kentucky series is back after popular demand! In this one-time session, you’ll learn the basics of the bourbon, including the history of bourbon and Lexington’s role in this history, the impact of bourbon on the state economy, and an overview of bourbon tourism. You’ll even get to learn how to taste bourbon like a pro (bourbon tasting included)! This class is open only to adults 21 and over. Led by Gathan Borden, Vice President of Marketing for VisitLEX and a founding member of the Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesday, January 21
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for Know Your Kentucky: Bourbon.

  • January 23, 2020

    Brown Bag Book Discussion (Winter)

    With Jan Isenhour. An informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy or check out from the library the works selected. Contact the Carnegie Center for the updated book list. Jan Isenhour, former Executive Director of the Carnegie Center, has facilitated the Brown Bag group since it began in 1995. Register now for Brown Bag Book Discussion (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 23 - March 26
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free
  • January 23, 2020

    GRE Prep

    With Elise Mandel. This affordable review will help you begin studying for the GRE and hold you accountable. We’ll work sample math problems, review test-taking strategies, and make your vocabulary more precise. Required text: Kaplan's New GRE Math Workbook (ISBN: 978-1609781026). Please purchase on your own. Funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation. Register now for GRE Prep.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 23 - February 6
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $55
  • January 27, 2020

    The Enneagram & Creativity

    With Susan Christerson Brown. This class offers guidance in moving past the thoughts, emotions, and beliefs that stand in the way of writing or other creative work. We’ll do this with the help of the Enneagram, a system based in ancient wisdom, which describes nine different types of people and the lenses through which they view the world. You’ll learn about the Enneagram, receive help in determining your type, and engage in writing exercises and practices designed to address the strengths and challenges of your type and connect you to the creative work calling to you. S...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, January 27 - March 29
    • Time:
      11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $90
  • January 28, 2020

    Monthly Book Discussion

    With Alan Church. This class meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7:00 pm. Join us for discussion of contemporary and classic novels as well as nonfiction, chosen by the group. This group has been meeting since 1993 and always welcomes new members! Note: the group may meet at other locations throughout the season. For current selections or more information about meetings, contact Alan at church11@webtv.net or 859-254-5649.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month (January-November), 5:30-7:00 pm.

      Register now for Monthly Book Discussion.

  • February 15, 2020

    Taking Action for a More Just World

    With Beth Howard. Our dominant culture gives people and institutions more or less power, privilege, and advantages based on identities, such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and more. This workshop engages participants in the fundamental concepts of oppression, power, and identity through journaling, reflection, and group discussion so that we can see the world in a justice-oriented framework and begin to practice anti-oppression in our everyday lives and our writing. For those who are curious and open to learning, this workshop will offer studen...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, February 15
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 1:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $20
  • February 21, 2020

    Yoga

    With Lisa King. What better way to start your Friday than with a yoga practice that both relaxes and invigorates? Writers, artists, and professionals—maximize your wellness to help maximize your creativity and productivity. We’ll stretch, strengthen, balance, and flow, preparing you for a day of work on the computer or a weekend of play and traveling. This is an all levels class, and beginners are welcome.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, February 21 - March 27
    • Time:
      9:00 am - 10:00 am
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $50 (or $10 per class)
  • April 4, 2020

    Recording Voiceovers for Audiobooks

    With Justine Reiss. This introductory class will show you how you can begin using your speaking voice for audiobooks. You will learn about a unique, outside the box way to break into this creative, fulfilling, and potentially lucrative industry. Voicing audiobooks can be managed on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with minimal overhead! You've heard Justine Reiss on commercials for Starbucks, Toshiba, and Mitsubishi, and now you can hear Justine live as she illustrates how you could actually begin using your speaking voice for recording audiobooks....

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • April 7, 2020

    Brain Power for Seniors (Spring)

    With Elise Mandel. Keep your brain sharp! In this fun class, we will do word games, number games, logic puzzles, and all kinds of challenges to keep your brain moving! Register now for Brain Power for Seniors (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Lexington Senior Center
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, April 7 - May 19
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 11:30 am
    • Address:
      195 Life Lane
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class is open to Fayette County residents 60 years of age and over. This class takes place at the Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane, Lexington.

  • April 9, 2020

    Brown Bag Book Discussion (Spring)

    With Jan Isenhour. An informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy or check out from the library the works selected. Contact the Carnegie Center for the updated book list. Jan Isenhour, former Executive Director of the Carnegie Center, has facilitated the Brown Bag group since it began in 1995. Register now for Brown Bag Book Discussion (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, April 9 - May 21
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free
  • April 18, 2020

    Mindful Nature Photography

    With Karen Lanier. Learn to use photography as a meditative tool for eliminating distractions and focusing on what is important. Enjoy one-on-one technical help using your camera effectively, fun and inspirational nature connection activities, and mindfulness exercises you can use anywhere. This class is well-suited to the novice photographer and is a refreshing opportunity for experienced shutterbugs. Bring your own camera or iPhone, or borrow a camera from the instructor. Karen Lanier is an environmental educator and writer with degrees in photography, foreign language...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, April 18
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $35
    • Addl Info:
         

      Rain date: Saturday, April 25

  • May 15, 2020

    Business Writing: Confessions of a Lexington Ad Man

    With Kip Cornett. Kip Cornett reflects on 40 years in advertising and its value in making a difference in life, liberty, and the pursuit of a better Lexington. The presentation will include his top recommended writing strategies for public relations professionals, but is open to all folks interested in a peek into the world of advertising. Kip is the owner of Lexington’s largest and most successful advertising firms with clients that include Keeneland, Buffalo Trace, UK, and many more. During his career he has won more creative awards than he cares to count, but also hel...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Friday, May 15
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $20
  • February 18, 2020

    Just Enough German: Level 1

    With Clay Rice. Learn just enough German to navigate the country and culture. Learn everything you need to travel to Germany, practice having short conversations, and get a jumpstart on reading and writing. This is the perfect place to begin for anyone seeking casual knowledge or planning to advance further in the study of German! Register now for Just Enough German: Level 1.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, February 18 - March 24
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78 per level ($130 for both)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Levels 1 and 2 of Just Enough German can be taken at a discounted rate. Click here to register for both levels.

  • April 7, 2020

    Just Enough German: Level 2

    With Clay Rice. Learn just enough German to navigate the country and culture. Learn everything you need to travel to Germany, practice having short conversations, and get a jump start on reading and writing. This is the perfect place to begin for anyone seeking casual knowledge or planning to advance further in the study of German! Register now for Just Enough German: Level 2.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, April 7 - May 12
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78 per level ($130 for both)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Levels 1 and 2 of Just Enough German can be taken at a discounted rate. Click here to register for both levels.

  • February 17, 2020

    Just Enough Arabic: Level 1

    With Iman Hadi. Using a step-by-step approach, you will gain an initial knowledge of the Arabic language, including reading and writing. You will learn the Arabic alphabet and the basics of the language through exercises and practice. Register now for Just Enough Arabic: Level 1.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, February 17 - March 23
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78 ($130 for both levels)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required text: Ahlan Wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners by Mahdi Alosh (please purchase on your own).

      Levels 1 and 2 of Just Enough Arabic can be taken at a discounted rate. Click here to register for both levels.

  • April 6, 2020

    Just Enough Arabic: Level 2

    With Iman Hadi. Using a step-by-step approach, you will gain an initial knowledge of the Arabic language, including reading and writing. You will learn the Arabic alphabet and the basics of the language through exercises and practice. Register now for Just Enough Arabic: Level 2.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, April 6 - May 11
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78 per level ($130 for both)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required text: Ahlan Wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners by Mahdi Alosh (please purchase on your own).

      Levels 1 and 2 of Just Enough Arabic can be taken at a discounted rate. Click here to register for both levels.

  • March 3, 2020

    Just Enough Italian: Level 1

    With Andrea Branchini. Get started on the way to communicating in Italian and appreciating Italian culture. In this course in conversational Italian, you'll learn fundamentals of the language through exercises, poems, songs, and practice. Register now for Just Enough Italian: Level 1.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, March 3 - April 7
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78 ($130 for both levels)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Levels 1 and 2 of Just Enough Italian can be taken at a discounted rate. Click here to register for both levels.

  • April 14, 2020

    Just Enough Italian: Level 2

    With Andrea Branchini. Get started on the way to communicating in Italian and appreciating Italian culture. In this course in conversational Italian, you'll learn fundamentals of the language through exercises, poems, songs, and practice. Register now for Just Enough Italian: Level 2.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, April 14 - May 19
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78 ($130 for both levels)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Levels 1 and 2 of Just Enough Italian can be taken at a discounted rate. Click here to register for both levels.

  • January 15, 2020

    French Level 1 (Winter)

    With Erica House. This very introductory-level class is designed for the ultra beginner. We will introduce salutations, pronouns, vocabulary, some prepositions, and some verb conjugations. We will work on pronunciation, personal interests, and likes and dislikes. By the end of the season, you will be able to present and describe yourself to the class! Register now for French Level 1 (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, January 15 - March 25
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $130
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class February 5

      Required text: Easy French Step-by-Step by Myrna Bell Rochester, PhD. Please purchase on your own.

  • January 13, 2020

    French Level 2 (Winter)

    With Erica House. We will continue to add vocabulary, verbs, and verb tenses (the past tense) to our repertoire. We will learn expressions, how to ask questions, and apply both through role-play. Register now for French Level 2 (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, January 13 - March 23
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $130
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class January 20

      Required texts: Easy French Step-by-Step by Myrna Bell Rochester and Voyage En France by Sylvie Lainé. Please purchase on your own.

  • January 13, 2020

    French Level 3 (Winter)

    With Erica House. We will review and build from previous levels and apply through creative mediums. We will gain more access to vocabulary, verbs, and grammar. Basic knowledge of the passé composé and imparfait required. Register now for French Level 3 (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, January 13 - March 23
    • Time:
      10:30 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $130
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class January 20

      Required text: Grammaire Progressive du Français (Intermédiare) by Maïa Grégoire and Odile Thiévenaz. 4th Edition. Optional text: Grammaire Progressive du Français-Corrigés by Maïa Grégoire. Please purchase texts on your own.

  • January 14, 2020

    French Level 4 (Winter)

    With Erica House. We now have gained enough tools from the previous levels to delve more easily into reading small texts and discussing through conversation. We will revisit certain grammar sections. Register now for French Level 4 (Winter).  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, January 14 - March 17
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $130
    • Addl Info:
         

      s. Required text: Grammaire Progressive du Français (Intermédiare), 4th Edition by Maïa Grégoire and Odile Thiévenaz.  Optional text: Grammaire Progressive du Français-Corrigés by Maïa Grégoire. Please purchase texts on your own.

  • January 13, 2020

    French Level 5 (Winter)

    With Erica House. An adequate understanding of the written and spoken French word required. We will brush up on grammar, and delve into a novel designed to spur conversation and to enhance our vocabulary and grammar. This course is challenging and accessible. Register now for French Level 5 (Winter).  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, January 13 - March 23
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $130
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class January 20

      Required texts: La Soupe de Poissons Rouges by Jp Arrou-Vignod (winter only) and Grammaire Progressive du Français (Perfectionnement), 4th edition by Maïa Grégoire and Alina Kostucki. Optional text: Grammaire Progressive du Français-Perfectionnement-Corrigés by Maïa Grégoire. Please purchase texts on your own.

  • April 8, 2020

    French Level 1 (Spring)

    With Erica House. This very introductory-level class is designed for the ultra beginner. We will introduce salutations, pronouns, vocabulary, some prepositions, and some verb conjugations. We will work on pronunciation, personal interests, and likes and dislikes. By the end of the season, you will be able to present and describe yourself to the class! Register now for French Level 1 (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, April 8 - May 20
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required text: Easy French Step-by-Step by Myrna Bell Rochester, PhD. Please purchase on your own.

  • April 6, 2020

    French Level 2 (Spring)

    With Erica House. We will continue to add vocabulary, verbs, and verb tenses (the past tense) to our repertoire. We will learn expressions, how to ask questions, and apply both through role-play. Register now for French Level 2 (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
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required texts: Easy French Step-by-Step by Myrna Bell Rochester and Voyage En France by Sylvie Lainé. Please purchase on your own.

  • April 6, 2020

    French Level 3 (Spring)

    With Erica House. We will review and build from previous levels and apply through creative mediums. We will gain more access to vocabulary, verbs, and grammar. A basic knowledge of the passé composé and imparfait required. Register now for French Level 3 (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, April 6 - May 18
    • Time:
      10:30 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required text: Grammaire Progressive du Français (Intermédiare) by Maïa Grégoire and Odile Thiévenaz. 4th Edition. Optional text: Grammaire Progressive du Français-Corrigés by Maïa Grégoire. Please purchase texts on your own.

  • April 7, 2020

    French Level 4 (Spring)

    With Erica House. We now have gained enough tools from the previous levels to delve more easily into reading small texts and discussing through conversation. We will revisit certain grammar sections. Register now for French Level 4 (Spring).  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, April 7 - May 19
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required text: Grammaire Progressive du Français (Intermédiare), 4th Edition by Maïa Grégoire and Odile Thiévenaz.  Optional text: Grammaire Progressive du Français-Corrigés by Maïa Grégoire. Please purchase texts on your own.

  • April 6, 2020

    French Level 5 (Spring)

    With Erica House. An adequate understanding of the written and spoken French word required. We will brush up on grammar, and delve into a novel designed to spur conversation and to enhance our vocabulary and grammar. This course is challenging and accessible. Register now for French Level 5 (Spring).  

    • 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
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required texts: La Soupe de Poissons Rouges by Jp Arrou-Vignod (winter only) and Grammaire Progressive du Français (Perfectionnement), 4th edition by Maïa Grégoire and Alina Kostucki. Optional text: Grammaire Progressive du Français-Perfectionnement-Corrigés by Maïa Grégoire. Please purchase texts on your own.

  • January 16, 2020

    Spanish Level 1 (Winter)

    With Dr. Maria Gomez. Students will learn basic Spanish grammar, vocabulary, common expressions, greetings, survival phrases, and some discussion on cultural aspects in Latin countries. Open to beginners and students who would like to refresh their knowledge of basic Spanish. The goal is to complete the first 5 units from the textbook during class. Register now for Spanish Level 1 (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 16 - March 12
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $130
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required textbook: Barron’s Spanish Now! Level 1, 8th ed. (please purchase on your own).

  • January 14, 2020

    Spanish Level 2 (Winter)

    With Kiersty Lemon-Rogers. We will continue to add vocabulary, verbs, and verb tenses. Students will apply skills learned in Spanish Level 1 and will engage in more active conversation, expressions, and general scenarios related to work, travel, business, health and others. Register now for Spanish Level 2 (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, January 14 - March 24
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $130
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class March 17)

      Required textbook: Barron’s Spanish Now! Level 1, 8th ed. (please purchase on your own).

  • January 16, 2020

    Spanish Level 3 (Winter)

    With Darryl Dedelow Jr. This course will focus on developing oral communication skills through thoughtful conversations and enlightening debates. Students will choose which topics they wish to discuss in each class, such as giving recommendations on what to do in Lexington, talking about a past trip, or commenting on a particular current event. Register now for Spanish Level 3 (Winter).  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 16 - March 19
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $130
  • February 12, 2020

    Medical Spanish Basics: Level 1

    With Dr. Maria Gomez. Effective communication is crucial in the provision of health. This class is designed to help healthcare workers communicate with Spanish speaking populations. We will learn common phrases in a clinical/medical encounter and patient instructions; common adjectives to describe levels of health issues; common phrases related to health and wellness; and the role of cultural beliefs in the provision of health. This class is appropriate for healthcare providers, students in the health field, public health professionals, and interested students. Basic kno...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, February 12 - March 25
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91 ($150 for both levels)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required text: Spanish for Health Care Professionals, 4th edition, by William Harvey (please purchase on your own).

      Levels 1 and 2 of Medical Spanish Basics can be taken at a discounted rate. Click here to register for both levels.

  • April 9, 2020

    Spanish Level 1 (Spring)

    With Dr. Maria Gomez. Students will learn basic Spanish grammar, vocabulary, common expressions, greetings, survival phrases, and some discussion on cultural aspects in Latin countries. Open to beginners and students who would like to refresh their knowledge of basic Spanish. The goal is to complete the first 5 units from the textbook during class. Register now for Spanish Level 1 (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, April 9 - May 21
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required textbook: Barron’s Spanish Now! Level 1, 8th ed. (please purchase on your own).

  • April 7, 2020

    Spanish Level 2 (Spring)

    With Kiersty Lemon-Rogers. We will continue to add vocabulary, verbs, and verb tenses. Students will apply skills learned in Spanish Level 1 and will engage in more active conversation, expressions, and general scenarios related to work, travel, business, health and others. Register now for Spanish Level 2 (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, April 7 - May 19
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required textbook: Barron’s Spanish Now! Level 1, 8th ed. (please purchase on your own).

  • April 9, 2020

    Spanish Level 3 (Spring)

    With Darryl Dedelow Jr. This course will focus on developing oral communication skills through thoughtful conversations and enlightening debates. Students will choose which topics they wish to discuss in each class, such as giving recommendations on what to do in Lexington, talking about a past trip, or commenting on a particular current event. Register now for Spanish Level 3 (Spring).  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, April 9 - May 21
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
  • April 15, 2020

    Medical Spanish Basics: Level 2

    With Dr. Maria Gomez. Effective communication is crucial in the provision of health. This class is designed to help healthcare workers communicate with Spanish speaking populations. We will apply skills learned in Level 1 and will continue to add scenarios in a medical encounter. The sessions will cover: Common phrases in a clinical/medical encounter and patient instructions; common adjectives to describe levels of health issues; common phrases related to health and wellness; discussion of case studies; and the role of cultural beliefs in the provision of health. This cl...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, April 15 - May 27
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91 ($150 for both levels)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required text: Spanish for Health Care Professionals, 4th edition, by William Harvey (please purchase on your own).

      Levels 1 and 2 of Medical Spanish Basics can be taken at a discounted rate. Click here to register for both levels.

  • January 6, 2020

    Just Enough Russian: Level 1

    With Anelia Shimansky. If you want a peek into the Russian language and culture, this is the class for you! Level 1 will focus on alphabet, basic greetings, key phrases of wants and needs (verbs & nouns), as well as cultural insights. Anelia, a native Russian speaker, has been a professional educator for the past 18 years. Register now for Just Enough Russian: Level 1.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, January 6 - February 10
    • Time:
      5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $65 ($110 for both levels)
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class January 20

      Levels 1 and 2 of Just Enough Russian can be taken at a discounted rate. Click here to register for both levels.

  • April 6, 2020

    Just Enough Russian: Level 2

    With Anelia Shimansky. If you want a peek into the Russian language and culture, this is the class for you! Level 2 will focus on the cursive alphabet, travel greetings, key phrases of wants and needs (verbs & nouns), as well as cultural insights. Anelia, a native Russian speaker, has been a professional educator for the past 18 years. Register now for Just Enough Russian: Level 2.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, April 6 - May 4
    • Time:
      5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $65 ($110 for both levels)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Levels 1 and 2 of Just Enough Russian can be taken at a discounted rate. Click here to register for both levels.