Carnegie Center Winter/Spring 2023 Catalog

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


1x class

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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