Carnegie Center Winter/Spring 2023 Catalog


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]


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