Carnegie Center Winter/Spring 2023 Catalog


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]


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