Carnegie Center Winter/Spring 2023 Catalog

STAFF Erica L. Cook, Marketing & Communications Director Marissa Cremeans, Registrar & Database Manager Tom Eblen, Literary Arts Liaison Zach Hall, Registrar Z Jackson, Development & Program Associate Marcia Thornton Jones, Author Services Coordinator Carol Jordan, Tutoring Director Shayla D. Lynch, Executive Director Claudia Love Mair, Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative Coordinator Jennifer Mattox, Development Director JC McPherson, Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative Associate, Building Manager, & Safety Officer Connie Meyers, Literacy Specialist (Reading) TBA, Adult Programming & Outreach Director BOARD OF TRUSTEES Paige Bensing, Chair Veda Stewart, Vice Chair Jennifer Miloszewski, Treasurer Maria Fischer-Boothe Maria Gomez Chester Grundy Lisa Higgins-Hord Silas House Eugenia Johnson-Smith Jenna Kleckner Austin Mehr Anniseh Said, Literacy Specialist (Math) Holly Sanders, Tutoring Associate & Rental Coordinator Jamari Turner, Children’s Programming & Outreach Director Kadee Whaley, Marketing Associate

WHAT'S INSIDE: Events • p.4 Contests • p.5 Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative • p.14 Adult Writing Fiction • p.7 Nonfiction • p.10 Poetry • p.12 Publishing / Marketing • p.15 Editing / Revision • p.17 Multigenre / Miscellaneous Writing • p.17 Q-MUNITY • p.23

Special Interests • p.24 Adult Languages • p.25 Early Learners • p.28

Kids • p.30 Teens • p.35

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William S. Farish, Honorary Member ADVISORY BOARD Claudia Marin Goggin Brian Hodge Janet Holloway Bo List Eileen O’Brien Savannah Sipple Darryl Stith


FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Carnegie Center Friends and Family, Thank you for a successful fall! It has truly been a pleasure meeting and greeting everyone as you have been taking classes, tutoring, volunteering, and attending many of our events. Your continued support and engagement, whether in-person or virtual, means the world to our Board, Staff, and myself. You are the reason we are here! The pages of our winter/spring catalog are filled with events, activities, and classes cultivated by Staff with YOU in mind. • In January, we hope that you will join us as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will have activities for all ages. • In March, we will recognize and applaud the new inductees of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. The outstanding living writers in the 2023 cohort make this a must-see event. • The Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative will host an event honoring the memory and legacy of Breonna Taylor as we stand “At the Clearing” once more. I am particularly excited about our new partnership with AthensWest Theatre Company. This collaboration will enable us to offer dynamic opportunities for writers who are interested in bridging the gap between the pen and the stage or silver screen. Please continue to engage with our e-letter, website, and social media platforms as more details about this opportunity will follow the printing of this catalog. If you do not receive our e-letter, one of the best ways to stay in the Carnegie Center loop, please visit our homepage ( and subscribe. If we have not met yet, I look forward to meeting you and your family very soon. Please do not hesitate to stop by and say, “Hello.” With Love and Appreciation, Shayla D. Lynch

READY TO REGISTER? All class times are listed in Eastern Standard Time . REGISTRATION There are three ways to register for classes and events (when required): • Online at • By phone, (859) 254 – 41 7 5, ext. 21 • In person at the Carnegie Center’s front desk Full payment reserves your space in class. Registration is required for all classes unless otherwise noted. We are unable to add registrants to a class after the start date. IN PERSON LEARNING The building is open for in person programs. We reserve the right to update or change programs in accordance with official health and safety guidelines. Check our website for current information regarding in person learning. ONLINE CLASSES & EVENTS Some classes and events remain online, or are available with hybrid options. These instances require a smart device, reliable internet, and a free Zoom account. PRE-RECORDED WEBINARS Offered for your convenience, these webinars are recordings of past classes and are delivered to you via email. EARLY LEARNERS, KIDS, & TEENS To streamline communication, please only register your student(s) for classes designated for their current grade level, regardless of their ability. CANCELLATIONS The Carnegie Center reserves the right to cancel a class 2 –3 business days before the start date if minimum enrollment is not met. All registrants will receive full refunds. Our full cancellation policy is available on our website.

Shayla D. Lynch



Kentucky Great Writers Series February 7 , April 11, May 23, 6:30pm • FREE (no registration required) Join us for readings by Kentucky authors with new published works. See page 6 for the full lineup of our spring 2023 series. Author Academy Reading ONLINE: Tuesday, February 7 • FREE (no registration required) Join us for an online reading event featuring Author Academy students and alumni.

Writers Meet–Up Thursday, March 23, 5:30– 7 pm • FREE (no registration required)

If you love to write, come to the Carnegie Center to meet like-minded writers, find a writing group/critique partner, and mingle with instructors, mentors, published authors, and fellow students. Wine, refreshments, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. At 6pm, you’ll have the option to participate in activities that will help you build a supportive writing network.

A is for Affrilachia : A Book Launch Wednesday, March 22, 6pm • FREE (no registration required)

A is for Affrilachia is a new children’s alphabet book written by award-winning author Frank X Walker and illustrated by upfromsumdirt. This book recognizes and exalts the voices and accomplishments of African Americans in the Appalachia region. A is for Affrilachia is an exuberant celebration of the people, physical spaces, and historical events that may not be as well known in mainstream educational structures.

Writing Critique Night Tuesday, May 2, 5:30– 7 pm • FREE • Submissions will be accepted from 5–5:25pm • PROSE ONLY Receive feedback on your first page from a panel of authors, editors, and/or agents. Bring the first page (250 words/one page max; double-spaced, 12-point font; one copy only) of your work, with the genre written at the top of the page. Pieces will be selected at random. Please come prepared. We cannot print your page for you. A reader will present your piece aloud so it remains anonymous. We will get through as many submissions as possible. Even if we don’t read your page, you will still benefit from listening to the feedback on others’ pieces. Space is limited. Harriet A. Rose Legacies Contest Reading Wednesday, April 12, 6pm • FREE Join us for a reading by winners of the Harriett A. Rose Legacies Contest. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about the contest, see page 5. Young Writers Project Reading Tuesday, May 9, 5:30pm • FREE Join us for a reading by the high school participants of the 2023 Young Writers Project. Light refreshments will be served. For information on the project, see page 35.

Save The Date: 2023 Books In Progress Conference TENTATIVE DATES: June 3–4, 2023 Mark your calendar for the 2023 Books In Progress Conference! The annual conference features sessions in writing craft, publishing your work, and more. Dates and Keynote will be confirmed this winter.


KY BLACK WRITERS COLLABORATIVE Black & Lit Book Club ONLINE • FREE January 9, 6– 7 pm: Gerald L. Coleman, On The Black Hand Side March 6, 6– 7 pm: DaMaris Hill, Breath Better Spent May 8, 6– 7 pm: Danni Quintos, Two Brown Dots

Hosted by Claudia Love Mair, Carnegie’s Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative (KBWC) Coordinator on Zoom, Black & Lit Book Club features new books by Black Kentucky writers. We will explore issues related to race and discuss the characters’ relationships, family, home life, dreams, and challenges. We’ll also study aspects of their writing, such as word choice, themes, character, plot, and setting. This book group will be open to KBWC members and anyone who wishes to attend. When possible, we will meet with the author. Each month, the first 25 registrants receive a free copy of the selected book. Sponsored by LexArts, SouthArts, WUKY, and the Kentucky Arts Council. Burn The Mic January 19, February 16, March 13, April 21, May 18 • FREE (no registration required) The KBWC invites poets of all ages and levels of experience to share their poems at this monthly event hosted by Jude C. McPherson, Carnegie’s Building Manager and KBWC Associate. These events are free and open to the public. Sponsored by, LexArts, SouthArts, WUKY, and the Kentucky Arts Council. See page 14 for more information.


General Contest Info: For contests with an entry fee, please use the registration link provided to submit a $10 reading fee per entry. Once you have registered, submit your entries via email to In the email, please include the writer’s name, address, email address, phone number, and date of birth; names and contact information should NOT appear on the manuscript itself. Entries must be received by submission deadlines listed. If you prefer to send your entry via snail mail, send to: [Contest Name], Carnegie Center, 251 West Second St., Lexington, KY 4050 7 . Please include a cover sheet with the required information and ensure postmark by submission deadline. Entries will be judged by qualified panels. Winners and finalists will be invited to read at public events—in-person and/or virtual—on the dates listed below. Harriet A. Rose Legacies Contest ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS: December 5–February 3, 2023 Writers (55 and up) are invited to submit poems, stories, essays, or memoirs drawn from their personal history. Manuscripts should be limited to 1,500 words (about five typed, double-spaced pages, which may include up to five poems). 1st Place–$100; 2nd Place–$50. Refer to general contest info for how to submit. Young Black Voices Writing Contest ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS: February 1–28, 2023 • FREE In recognition of Black History Month, the Carnegie Center is hosting the 3rd annual Young Black Voices Contest. We are accepting submissions from young Black creatives ages 13–19. Eligible entries include visual artwork or an original work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry inspired by the prompt: Black Joy. The winners of the contest will receive the following: 1st Place–$100 VISA card, books, Carnegie swag; 2nd Place–$50 VISA card, books, Carnegie swag; and 3rd Place–$25 VISA card, books, Carnegie swag. All submissions will be published in an online flipbook. Send submissions to: Next Great Writers Contest ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS: December 5, 2022–April 30, 2023 Writers are invited to submit manuscripts of fiction or nonfiction prose (up to 2,000 words) or poetry (up to five poems). 1st Place–$150; 2nd Place–$100. Refer to “General Contest Info” to learn how to submit a contest entry. A summer reading (date TBA) will be hosted for winners.



Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group with Jason Sizemore WINTER: Mondays, January 23–March 13, 5:30– 7 pm • $112 SPRING: Mondays, April 10–May 22, 5:30– 7 pm • $98

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 to the group on the first day. Jason Sizemore is a Hugo and Stoker Award-nominated editor. He also runs Apex Publications, a science fiction, fantasy, and horror press based in Lexington. [ALL LEVELS]

Writing YA Fiction with Jackson Garton Thursdays, January 19–February 23, 5:45– 7 :15pm • $84


The young adult book industry has exploded over the past decade. Come learn the ins and outs of this popular market aimed at kids between the ages of 12–18 (but also enjoyed by many adults)! Bring an idea, a work in progress, or just your curiosity to explore how to connect with this audience. We’ll discuss everything from genres and subgenres to voice, character development, setting, theme, and more. We’ll end with next steps on how to be sure your work will resonate with your target audience. Jackson C. Garton is a writer and LGBTQ+ activist hailing from the hills of Appalachia who writes young adult fiction under the pen name JC Garton. [ALL LEVELS]

Picture Books with Marcia Thornton Jones ONLINE: Mondays, February 6–March 13, Noon–1:30pm • $84


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. Marcia Thornton Jones is an award-winning author who has published more than 135 books for children with sales totaling more than 48 million copies world-wide. Marcia also serves as the Carnegie Center’s Author Services Coordinator and a writing mentor. [ALL LEVELS]

Intro to Writing Kids’ Books with Marcia Thornton Jones ONLINE: Saturday, February 18, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35

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This seminar introduces the children’s market subgenres and provides pointers for targeting your story. Marcia Thornton Jones is an award-winning author who has published more than 135 books for children with sales totaling more than 48 million copies world- wide. Marcia also serves as the Carnegie Center’s Author Services Coordinator and a writing mentor. [BEGINNER]

Story=Characters+Conflict: How to Conceive, Create, & Complete Your Novel with Tracee de Hahn Session I–Characters: Thursday, March 16, 5:45– 7 :15pm • $35


If your characters are memorable, readers will follow their journey (and your book) to the end. We will discuss how to create a cast of characters that rings true. Are they larger-than-life? Do they fulfill necessary roles in your story? Are you simply in love with them, or do they serve the story (as they should!)? Learn how to translate the characters in your head into fully fleshed out beings on the page. Session II–Conflict: Saturday, March 18, 10:30am–Noon • $35 So, you’ve got your cast of characters, but what happens next? Your characters live at the center of the conflict of your story. What obstacles do they overcome? How does this moment in their life propel this exact story? We’ll talk about the tug of war between great characters and necessary conflict, how to create the right amount of momentum, and how to bring it all home in the end. We will help you transform your idea into a story that will make your novel shine. Sessions I & II: $65 Tracee de Hahn teaches writing workshops across the country. Her mysteries are published by St. Martin’s Press. [ALL LEVELS]



Writing Kids’ Books with Marcia Thornton Jones ONLINE: Mondays, April 3–May 22, Noon–2pm • $128

Find focus, gain confidence, and learn about writing fiction for kids through discussion, peer sharing, and writing exercises. Come with a work in progress or an idea for a story you would like to develop. Marcia Thornton Jones is an award-winning author who has published more than 135 books for children with sales totaling more than 48 million copies world-wide. Marcia also serves as the Carnegie Center’s Author Services Coordinator and a writing mentor. [ALL LEVELS]

In Short: The Art & Craft of Fiction with Gavin Colton Tuesdays, April 4–May 23 (no class April 25), 5:45– 7 :15pm • $98


Writer George Saunders says, “When you read a short story, you come out of it a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.” This short story workshop will nurture the artistic impulses of writers who want to craft rich and meaningful short stories. You will write, revise, and workshop stories in progress while studying contemporary short stories, essays on form and craft elements like character, setting, conflict, plot, and theme. Gavin Colton’s recent short stories have appeared in The Appalachian Review, The Honest Ulsterman, Hippocampus Magazine, The Wax Paper, and La Picolette Barca. He is a recipient of the William Hugh Jansen Award for distinguished writing based on oral traditions, the art of storytelling, or folklore elements. [ALL LEVELS]

Fiction Writing Group with Sarah Combs Wednesdays, April 12–May 24, 11am–1pm • $112

Write a Novel in Six Months with Marcia Thornton Jones ONLINE: Fourth Saturday of each month, April through September (May session will meet on May 20), 10:30am–1:30pm • $150 This once-a-month workshop provides writers options for structuring their novels, developing pivotal plot scenes, writing prompts designed to help writers make progress, and group mentoring/brainstorming to help break through obstacles. Feel free to bring your lunch. Marcia Thornton Jones is an award-winning author who has published more than 135 books for children with sales totaling more than 48 million copies world-wide. Marcia also serves as the Carnegie Center’s Author Services Coordinator and a writing mentor. [INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED] 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. Sarah Combs is the author of the YA novels Breakfast Served Anytime and The Light Fantastic , both published by Candlewick Press. [ALL LEVELS]


Writing Compelling Dialogue with Laurie Calkhoven ONLINE: Saturday, April 15, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35


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Well-written dialogue can advance your plot, convey information, and create tension that lurks beneath the surface of the spoken language. This workshop will examine what good dialogue can accomplish using examples from contemporary fiction. Laurie Calkhoven is the author of more than 50 books for children, ranging from early readers to young adults. [ALL LEVELS]

Mystery Writing with Karen Leet ONLINE: Saturday, May 13, 10am–Noon • $35

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Mysteries can be crammed with fun, action, romance, and/or violence (depending on your preferences). We’ll explore various types of mysteries, tricks of the trade, and more. Whether you love cozy or hard-boiled, private eye or police procedurals, all mystery writers are invited to explore your options. Karen M. Leet has published more than 600 stories and articles as well as six books. She has a wealth of teaching experience and enjoys working with writers of all ages and backgrounds. [ALL LEVELS]

Conference Prep: The Pitch, First Page Critique, & More with Jennifer Hester Mattox OPTION 1–ONLINE & LIVE VIA ZOOM: Saturday, May 6, 11:30am–1:30pm • FREE

OPTION 2–RECORDED VIDEO OF LIVE CLASS: After May 10 • FREE Link will be emailed to you within two days of registering (after May 10)

Setting 101 with Tiffany Reisz PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR: Link and materials will be emailed to you upon registration • $35 Setting in a novel isn’t simply the background to your story. It’s another character! Learn why the right setting can make or break your novel, how to choose the best setting for your story, how to research that setting without leaving your house, and how to develop your setting with the right amount of detail. We’ll explore the 8th Circle, The Chateau, and The Dragon , and many other fantastically rendered fictional settings. For writers of all genres. [ALL LEVELS] The plot is the most basic element of a novel, and yet learning to plot is often the hardest challenge of the fiction writer. What is a plot? Are there different types? Do I need to outline? How do I learn how to plot? In this seminar, we’ll answer all these questions and more. For writers of all genres. Tiffany Reisz is a USA Today bestselling author of over 30 novels. She lives with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, in Louisville. [ALL LEVELS] Plotting 101 with Tiffany Reisz PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR: Link and materials will be emailed to you upon registration • $35 This class is only available to registrants of the 2023 Books In Progress Conference. If you’re serious about your writing, you’ll want to hear some helpful tips before you attend the 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. This seminar is led by one of the conference organizers, Jennifer Hester Mattox. Mattox is an emerging fiction writer and an advocate for Kentucky authors, published and unpublished. Completion of the “Querying Agents: Novels” seminar or a similar class is recommended before you take this prep course. [ALL LEVELS]

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days with Jennifer Hester Mattox PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR: Link will be emailed to you upon registration • $35

Can you write 50,000 words toward a novel in one month? Yes, you can! This ten-time National Novel Writing Month winner will teach you how to do it while living a busy life. The seminar includes strategies for meeting your word count, writing a quick first draft, and keeping track of your storyline and characters. Are you up for the challenge? Jennifer Mattox is an emerging fiction writer and an advocate for Kentucky authors, published and unpublished. Jennifer also serves as the Carnegie Center’s Development Director and Kentucky Great Writer Series Coordinator. [ALL LEVELS]



Writing What Is: A Writing Circle for BIPOC Womxn with LeTonia Jones and Tanya Torp ONLINE • FREE • Limit: 15 participants WINTER 1: Saturdays, January 7 –February 11, 10am–Noon

WINTER 2: Saturdays, March 4–April 1, 10am–Noon SPRING: Saturdays, May 6–June 3, 10am–Noon

The purpose of this circle is to offer a safer space (because there is no truly safe space) for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) womxn to write and share our truths. It will also serve to build a strong BIPOC womxn’s writing community. Each session will include writing prompts, time for sharing, and encouraging feedback from classmates. One week will also feature writing instruction by a professional BIPOC womxn writer. LeTonia Jones lives in Lexington. She is a small business owner, writer, and guest columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. She uses writing as a personal tool for healing and growth. Currently, she is working on collections of poetry and personal essays. Tanya Torp is an agent for social change and has spent her career engaging in community-based initiatives as convener, speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant. Both LeTonia and Tanya are graduates of the Carnegie Center Author Academy. [BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE]

Memoir: Writing From the Heart with Erin Chandler ONLINE • $84 WINTER: Tuesdays, January 1 7 –February 21, 4–5:30pm SPRING: Tuesdays, April 4–May 9, 4–5:30pm

There’s no better way to connect with others than to fearlessly divulge our individuality. Memoir is the art of capturing our memories, vividly and passionately, and molding them into pieces of literature, pieces of art. We’ll study masters of memoir over the centuries and work to craft your own stories. Erin Chandler has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and her memoir, Junebug Versus Hurricane , has garnered critical praise. [ALL LEVELS]

Writing for Healing—For Mothers of the Homeless, Addicted, & Estranged with Laverne Zabielski WINTER: Saturdays, Jan 21–Feb 25, 10:15–11:45am • $55 SPRING: Saturdays, April 15–May 20, 10:15–11:45am (no class May 13) • $46


As Mothers of these adult children, our numbers are growing. Our stories are unique, painful, and never-ending. This is not a support group or therapy. This course is not about our children, how they got to where they are, or why. It is about us, the Mothers. Emphasis will be placed on our stories—how we have handled the situation and taken care of ourselves. We will not complete a memoir in this short course. We will complete a few pieces and develop a strategy moving forward to continue to process—and hopefully heal. Laverne Zabielski is a writer, artist, and publisher. She received her M.F.A. in writing at Spalding University in Louisville. [ALL LEVELS]

Writing the Stories of Your Life with Sylvia Lovely ONLINE: Wednesdays, February 1–15, 6– 7 :30pm • $39 ($33 for Good Foods Co-op owners) • Visit GoodFoods.Coop to register

Join Sylvia Lovely for a three-part seminar series on how to write the stories of your life. From cave wall hieroglyphics to the great literary works, we are hard-wired to describe and understand our lives and the times in which we live through stories. Perhaps your story is about a difficult time in your life with lessons learned, maybe about a moment of triumph, how you adapted to the pandemic, how you are processing your role in our country’s ongoing struggle for social justice, or even simply a small act that holds significant meaning to you. As a beginning writer who is interested in dipping your toe in writing and sharing with others, this class will offer basic instructions on how to start, how to find inspiration, and how to understand the power of stories to bring clarity to life’s moments and our choices. In addition to the basics of how to write, come prepared to share your writing with others and hear the stories of your classmates. Be prepared for the wonderful experience of forming a community of support with others. This class is offered in partnership with our friends at Good Foods Co-op. [ALL LEVELS]


Nonfiction Writing with Liz Carey Thursdays, February 2–March 9, 5:30– 7 pm • $84

Have you ever read a piece in a magazine or newspaper that you just can’t put down? How do writers for magazines and newspapers pull readers in? We’ll learn and practice the skills to craft a piece that really grabs your readers and takes them on a journey. We’ll explore elements and methods you can incorporate into your writing, including nut graphs, slalom storytelling, humanizing nonfiction narratives, and descriptive details. Liz Carey has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, after a 20-plus-year career as a reporter. She’s won more than 30 national, statewide, and regional awards for her writing and reporting. [BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE]

Effective Opinion Writing with Tom Eblen Wednesdays, February 22–March 8, 5:30– 7 pm • $42

Do you want to effectively express your opinions in blog posts, op-ed columns, letters to the editor of your local newspaper, and on social media? Learn how to write persuasive, engaging, fact-based commentary and get it published. Tom Eblen is an award-winning columnist, former managing editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, and a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. [ALL LEVELS] Starting a Successful Freelance Career with Liz Carey Thursdays, April 13–May 18, 5:30– 7 pm • $84 This class will teach you what freelance writing is, how to get assignments, what tools of the trade you’ll need, and how to manage the business end of freelance writing. By the end of this class, you’ll not only know where to look for ideas and markets, but you’ll have a pitch letter and story to submit to publication editors. Liz Carey has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, after a 20-plus-year career as a reporter. She’s won more than 30 national, statewide, and regional awards for her writing and reporting. [ALL LEVELS] Cleaning House: Inner–Seeking for Memoir Writing with Sallie Bingham Thursday & Friday, May 18 & 19, 10am–4pm • $ 7 5 For those thinking about writing a memoir, or already working on one, join renowned memoirist and writer Sallie Bingham for a two- day seminar designed to explore the process from beginning to end. We will talk about everything—from the initial decision to write a memoir to the total honesty the process requires. From there we’ll dig deeper into critical first steps, outlining, defining context, and much more. We will read and discuss excerpts from several memoirs. We will end with endings, of course, and send you home with a deeper understanding of both your process and your story. Sallie Bingham is an American author, playwright, poet, teacher, feminist activist, and philanthropist who has taught workshops in memoir at the Carnegie Center, The Taos Writing Center, and other venues over the past ten years. She has published four memoirs, and her latest, Little Brother , was published by Sarabande Books in 2022. [BEGINNER] New!

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All Carnegie Center programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides oper- ating support for 2022–2023 to the Carnegie Center with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Scriptwriting classes and programs are part of the Carnegie & AthensWest Theatre Co. Scriptwriting Program

CLASS CANCELLATIONS The Carnegie Center reserves the right to cancel a class 2–3 business days before the start date if minimum enrollment is not met. It is best to register early to help our instructors prepare and to ensure the class does not get cancelled. If a class is cancelled, all registrants will be notified by email and will receive full refunds. Our full cancellation policy is available on our website.



Finding the Poem with Barbara Alfaro ONLINE: Thursdays, January 19–February 23, Noon–1:30pm • $84

Reading fine poetry often sparks new poems of your own. Find inspiration, share your work, and gain feedback from others who enjoy reading, writing, and responding to poetry. We will read poems by Galway Kinnell, Wendell Berry, Hans Ostrom, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, and Lucille Clifton. Join this class and be inspired by these favorite American poets. Barbara Alfaro is a Carnegie Center Author Academy mentor and the award-winning author of Mirror Talk , a memoir; Theatre Mad , a collection of comedies; and Catbird , a book of poems. [ALL LEVELS]

Poetry for Beginners with Linda Freudenberger Saturday, January 28, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35


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Wanting to try your hand at poetry, but feel intimidated? Join Carnegie Center Author Academy and Poetry Gauntlet graduate Linda Freudenberger for a two-hour introductory class that will show you the basics and get you started on your own poetry journey. This workshop will involve lecture and class participation so that you can both learn and explore this wonderful genre. [BEGINNER]

The Ekphrastic Haiku with Kevin Nance Saturday, February 11, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35

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Since its beginnings as a medium to record and interpret the wanderings of the poet Bashō through 1 7 th-century Japan, the haiku has been, and largely remains, an observational form. It’s rooted, first and foremost, in the poet’s direct experience of the world via the five senses, sight most of all. Haiku can also be inspired by the visual arts, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. In this class, participants will be led through a series of exercises designed to create simple visual images and then write haiku in response to them. We’ll also work off of some ready-made visuals—some representational, some more abstract—as the basis for fresh explorations of this ancient form. Kevin Nance is a writer/photographer and the author of two collections of ekphrastic haiku, Even If (University of Kentucky Arts in HealthCare, 2020) and Midnight (Act of Power Press, 2022). [ALL LEVELS]

How to Write Poetry with Sass with Linda Bryant Davis Mondays, March 13 & 20, 5:30– 7 pm • $35


In this workshop we’ll look at several poets—from the well-known (Kim Addonizio) to the relatively unknown (Meaghan Strimas, a Canadian poet)—who succeed at writing sassy poems with edge and attitude. Their strategies for writing poems include employing unlikely juxtapositions, using giddy language, and subverting a reader’s expectations. We’ll write our own punchy poems and, hopefully, laugh a lot. Linda Bryant Davis lives and writes from Berea, Kentucky, where she runs Owsley Fork Writers Sanctuary, a rural retreat where writers and artists can work on special projects. [ALL LEVELS]

Poetry Writing with Jeff Worley Wednesdays, April 12–May 1 7 , 5:45– 7 :15pm • $84

Spend some time in a workshop setting writing new poems, revising old ones, and sharing your poems with others in class. We will work on the basic stuff of poetry: imagery, the use of sound to fortify meaning, lineation, and various approaches to formal structure and free-verse structure. We’ll support each other to improve drafts of poems and discuss various strategies for writing the contemporary poem. Jeff Worley, Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2019–2020, is a veteran poetry teacher at the Carnegie Center who has published 10 collections of poetry and has won statewide, regional, and national awards for his writing. His newest book, The Poet Laureate of Aurora Avenue: Selected Poems , is now available from Broadstone Books in Frankfort, Black Swan Books in Lexington, or from the instructor. Recommended Text: What Comes Down to Us: 25 Contemporary Kentucky Poets edited by Jeff Worley. [INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED]


The Songbird Meets the Storyteller: Unlocking the Lyric Narrative Within with Andrew McFadyen – Ketchum Saturday, April 22, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35


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Typically, we label poems as either lyric or narrative: there are poems that tell stories from our lives and there are poems that sing the songs of the self. What if you can have it both ways? What if the songbird can spin a yarn while trilling its song? We will examine what it means when we call a poem lyrical versus narrative and how poets through the ages have merged these two forms into a new form, lyric-narrative, that will broaden your understanding of poetry as well as the possibilities of your own poetry. Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum is the author of three collections of poetry, a professional editor, Assistant Director of the Owsley Fork Writers Sanctuary in Berea, KY, and lead instructor of creative writing at Colorado Community College. Learn more at [ALL LEVELS]

The Voice of a Poem: A Generative Workshop with Marianne Worthington Saturday, May 20, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35

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This generative workshop will explore ways to focus on the voice of a poem—that unique presence that speaks a poem. We will work to claim and speak our memories and give ourselves permission to speak in our own voices. We’ll also study methods to claim the essence of other voices and practice writing poems in a persona. This workshop can help us explore how we can use voice to change our perspectives, try out other voices, and discover empathy. At the end of the class, you will have at least three drafts for new poems. Marianne Worthington is the author of the poetry collection The Girl Singer , winner of the 2022 Weatherford Award, and the co-founder and poetry editor of Still: The Journal . [ALL LEVELS]


PUBLISHING/MARKETING The Book Business for Authors with Julia Royston ONLINE: Wednesdays, January 11–25, 7 –8:30pm • $42


Writing is an art and something that most authors love—the words on the paper, the rhyme, and the imagery. But after the words are on paper, how will we profit from the books that we write? Being a published author, you have entered the Book Business. Find out what you need for your new business and how you can best profit from being in the Book Business. Julia Royston is an author, publisher, coach, and speaker. She owns BK Royston Publishing and Royal Media and Publishing, which are both full-service writing, coaching, book publishing, and promotional services. She has authored 55 books, published more than 300 books, and coached 200+ authors to write and publish their books. [ALL LEVELS] What’s Next After Your Book is Published? Marketing & Promotion of Your Book with Julia Royston ONLINE: Wednesdays, March 8–22, 7 –8:30pm • $42 If you thought writing your book was the hardest part of the writing journey, think again. The hardest part is marketing and promoting your book. Even if your book is not yet finished, get a jump on the marketing and promotional process that is key to selling your book. [ALL LEVELS]


Mastering Your Query with Alice Speilburg Saturday, May 20, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35

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In Mastering Your Query, Alice will cover the basic structure of a query letter, tips and tricks for improving it, and tactics to avoid. Participants will then write (or revise) a query letter for their book, which they can then share for critique. The goal of this workshop is for participants to have a polished query letter in hand to send out to agents when they leave. Alice Speilburg is the founding agent of Speilburg Literary and has worked in book publishing for more than a decade. She is a member of the Association of American Literary Agents (formerly the AAR) and represents narrative nonfiction and commercial fiction. [INTERMEDIATE]

Querying Agents: Novels with Jennifer Hester Mattox PRE-RECORDED: Link will be emailed to you upon registration • $35

L earn 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 complete before you submit to literary agents, you do not need to be finished in order to register for this seminar. Jennifer Mattox is an emerging fiction writer and an advocate for Kentucky authors, published and unpublished. Jennifer also serves as the Carnegie Center’s Kentucky Great Writers Series Coordinator. [INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED]

Building Your Brand: Author Platforms & More with Julia Royston PRE-RECORDED: Link will be emailed to you upon registration • $35

Learn the essential elements of building your author brand! From author platforms to messaging to social media to “turning your words into wealth,” you will be given an overview of the planning and preparation you can do to further connect and communicate with your target audience. Julia Royston is an author, publisher, coach, and speaker who owns BK Royston Publishing and Royal Media and Publishing, which are both full-service writing coaching, book publishing, and promotional services. She has authored 55 books, published more than 300 books, and coached 200+ authors to write and publish their books. [BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE]


Don’t Take No for an Answer: How to Submit to Literary Magazines and Independent Presses with Whitney Collins PRE-RECORDED: Link will be emailed to you upon registration • $35 Submitting your work for publication can be intimidating, but this class will guide you through the entire process: preparing your fiction, poetry, essays, and manuscripts for publication, writing a cover letter, investigating magazines and presses, managing your active submissions, and handling the sting of rejection as well as the thrill of acceptance. Taught by a widely published fiction writer—who has also endured close to 400 rejections—this webinar comes with lots of insider tips, moral support, and humor. Whitney Collins graduated from Spalding University, where she completed a Creative Writing Teaching Seminar. She is also a mentor in the Carnegie Center Author Academy. Her book of stories, Big Bad , was released in 2021 and won the Mary McCarthy prize for short fiction. [BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE]


EDITING / REVISION The Last Draft: The Basics of Revision and Editing for Novelists with Tiffany Reisz PRE-RECORDED: Link will be emailed to you upon registration • $35 In this two-hour webinar, led by USA Today best-selling author Tiffany Reisz, you will learn tips, tools, and techniques for revising and self-editing your fiction in preparation for querying, submission, traditional or self-publication. [INTERMEDIATE]

The Final Polish with Tracee de Hahn ONLINE: Saturday, March 25, 2–4pm • $35

1x class

The draft is finished, now what? The final polish can make a difference between getting the attention of an agent, or being ignored by one. We will review format, POV, characters, themes, and, of course, the writing, among other need-to-get-it-right details. You’ll walk away with a workable strategy for making sure you put your best work out there. Tracee de Hahn teaches writing at workshops across the country. Her mysteries are published by St. Martin’s Press. [ALL LEVELS]


Writing Workshop Basics with Ashley Blooms PRE-RECORDED: Link will be emailed to you upon registration • FREE


Workshop can be intimidating for any writer—whether it’s your first experience or your hundredth. In this seminar, we’ll cover all the basics to help you feel confident and well-prepared. We’ll discuss what to expect from the workshop, how to write a helpful feedback letter, how to make the most of your workshop, how to handle the critique that you’ll receive on your work, and more. Ashley Blooms is the author of two novels, Every Bone a Prayer and Where I Can’t Follow. She has been workshopping for over a decade. [ALL LEVELS]

Crafting Intentions: Full Moon Words of Power with Normandi Ellis Friday, January 6 (3–5pm), Saturday, February 4 (10:30am–12:30pm), & Tuesday, March 7 (5– 7 pm) • $50


Every month the lunar gateway offers an opportunity to radically charge your life. Join us as we learn to use the Full Moon energies of each different month, and why certain full moons offer diverse energies for initiating new work and releasing old limitations. Normandi will explain the process and then lead participants through writing prompts to draw and release their intentions. Rev. Normandi Ellis is a well-published author, an ordained minister, and has led many groups in setting full moon intentions. [ALL LEVELS]


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Free Writing Practice with Melissa Bell-Pitts WINTER: Mondays, January 9 –March 20, 5:30– 7 pm • FREE SPRING: Mondays, April 10–May 22, 5:30– 7 pm • FREE

Join us at the community table in the beautiful, light-filled reference room where we’ll be inspired to write from rotating prompts. We’ll do a few short-timed writing sessions designed to get your pen moving and to shut down the inner critic. After each timed session, writers will read their new work aloud to nonjudgmental listeners who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zen-like practice originated in Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones . Melissa Bell-Pitts’s work has been selected as finalists in the Next Great Writer Contest and the Kentucky Women Writers Conference’s Betty Gabehart Prize. [ALL LEVELS]

Free Your Mind: Writing as an Outlet with Eugenia Johnson-Smith ONLINE: Tuesdays, January 10–31, 5:30– 7 pm • FREE


You are not alone—come write with a supportive community to release stress. This class will assist you with letting go of the stress of the past several years. It is an opportunity for you to heal from the loss and hardship caused by the pandemic, social unrest, racial injustice, and natural disasters. Eugenia Johnson-Smith is an author, coach, inspirational and motivational speaker, and C.E.O. of Positive Power LLC Training and Development. She empowers her clients to be a positive influence in the home, the community, and the world. [ALL LEVELS]

Free Writing Practice with Leslie Dodd ONLINE • FREE WINTER: Fridays, January 13–March 24, Noon–1:30pm SPRING: Fridays, April 14 –May 26, Noon–1:30pm

This writing experience offers attendees the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We write from a variety of prompts designed to release the inner censor and simply get words on a page. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to participating attendees. Listeners respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zen-like practice originated from Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones . Leslie Dodd is a painter, poet, songwriter, and aspiring folk opera writer who has enthusiastically attended Free Writing Practice for many years. [ALL LEVELS] Seniors Writing Group with Sarah Combs FREE but registration required • Takes place at the Lexington Senior Center If you’re interested in writing and have reached that golden age, this is the group for you! Participants can expect cross-genre writing prompts; feedback for family stories, memoirs, poems, and fiction; tips for reading and publishing your work; and lively conversation and fellowship. Sarah Combs is the author of the YA novels Breakfast Served Anytime and The Light Fantastic , both published by Candlewick Press. This class is open to Fayette County residents age 60 and up. To register, please call the Lexington Senior Center (859) 2 7 8-​60 7 2. [ALL LEVELS] WINTER: Fridays, January 13–March 24, 10:30am–Noon SPRING: Fridays, April 14–May 26, 10:30am–Noon

Songwriting 101: Learn the Rules (to Break them) with Tatiyana Dean Saturdays, January 14–April 1, 11:30am–1:30pm • $192


The best songs break all the rules. However, you have to learn them before you break them. This class will introduce the basics of songwriting, including common practices (like writing the chorus first), and examples of industry-standard song structures from different times and genres. Relevant lyrical terms will also be introduced, including, but not limited to, “simile,” “entendre,” and “juxtaposition.” No instruments are necessary. Tatiyana Dean, a Cali-born, southern-raised singer-songwriter has performed over 100 times (in various cities and venues), written over 100 songs (many of which reside in old notebooks and dusty journals), and has been independently releasing her music since 2012. [BEGINNER]


Writing Toward a Sense of Place with Tony Crunk ONLINE: Tuesdays, January 1 7 –March 21, 7 –8:30pm • $140


A distinctive trait of memorable writing is its (and its author’s) “sense of place.” Any “place” is much more than just its geographical location—it is also defined by history, culture, ecology, economics, sociology, and ethnography—all of which may have intensely personal, familial, and communal dimensions. Through a series of directed exercises and workshop discussion of drafted works, we will explore and develop the many-faceted “sense” that is “place” in our writing. Writers working in any genre and all genres are warmly invited to this workshop. Tony Crunk’s first collection of poetry was a selection in the Yale Series of Younger Poets, and he has published numerous subsequent works. Crunk has taught at the Universities of Virginia, Montana, and Alabama/Birmingham as well as in a number of community education programs across the country. [ALL LEVELS]

SMART Work: How to Set Goals for Success with Cassie E.Brown ONLINE: Saturday, January 21, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35


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Come learn a simple but powerful goal-setting technique that can help you develop focus, productivity, and success in your writing life. Structured from psychology, adapted for writers, and useful for those working alone or with groups, this workshop teaches you how to turn dreams into practical, positive habits. Cassie E. Brown is a published author of short and long-form fiction and essays, a passionate educator, a former licensed therapist, and a graduate of the Carnegie Center Author Academy. [ALL LEVELS]

Writing Group for Young Adults with Z Jackson ONLINE • FREE WINTER: Mondays, January 23–March 6, 7 :30–9pm SPRING: Mondays, April 10–May 22, 7 :30–9pm

Join us each session for generative in-class exercises, and share your work in a supportive environment. We will discuss writing concepts in an open format to build a strong foundation for a long-form project. Perfect for beginners and open to all genres. This class is for emerging writers (age 35 and under) and serves to provide a welcoming space. Z Jackson is a writer, editor, and workshop leader with years of experience in the publishing industry. [ALL LEVELS]

Show or Tell? How to Make a Scene with Sarah Combs Wednesdays, January 25–March 1, 11am–1pm • $96


This cross-genre class will address the importance of crafting narrative through scenes. Through in-class writing exercises and discussion of the work of established writers, we will explore the thorniest of writers’ quandaries: When (and how much) do I show, and when (and how much) do I tell? Sarah Combs is the author of the YA novels Breakfast Served Anytime and The Light Fantastic , both published by Candlewick Press. [ALL LEVELS]

Write & Sell Your Screenplay with Mitch Smith ONLINE: Thursdays, January 26–March 2, 7 –8pm • $60


Learn how to write and sell a marketable screenplay in today’s competitive film industry. Explore the scripting process with an industry executive to guide you and provide valuable advice and resources for you to use throughout your screenwriting career. Bring an idea, a work in progress, or your questions about the industry. Mitch Smith has won or placed in screenwriting competitions through Fade In, Writer’s Digest , Stage 32, and (among others); produced the feature film Ghost in the Family (available on Amazon Video); wrote and produced a comedy television pilot that is now being taken around the industry. Smith has years of screenwriting experience through his time as both a screenwriter and a script reader/reviewer for companies like SimplyScripts and Write to Reel. [ALL LEVELS]


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