Carnegie Center Winter/Spring 2023 Catalog

Writing Retreat with Marcia Thornton Jones ONLINE: Friday–Sunday, February 3–5, 10am–4pm • $125

Break through writing obstacles during this weekend writing retreat designed to provide motivation and promote writing flow. Each day of this retreat will include freewriting exercises, goal-setting, independent writing time, craft discussions, and problem-solving sessions to help break through writing blocks. The retreat will culminate with a share/response session featuring a selection of the week’s writing. 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]

Spiritual Writing with Karen Leet ONLINE: Mondays, February 6–20, 5:45– 7 :15pm • $42

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. Karen Leet has sold more than 600 articles/stories and six books over her productive professional career. [ALL LEVELS]

Your Writing GPS: How to Avoid Detours, Overcome Obstacles, & Map Your Writing Journey with Eugenia Johnson-Smith

Session I: WINTER: Wednesdays, March 8–22, 5:30– 7 pm • $42 Session II: SPRING: Wednesdays, April 12–26, 5:30– 7 pm • $42 Session I & II: $ 7 9

Are you ready to set off on a new writing journey in the new year? Or do you feel lost as a writer and need to reprogram your writing GPS? Let us help you on your way to your writing destination. Learn how to lay out a road map, overcome common setbacks, and even kickstart new ideas in Session I. We’ll expand upon these skills to troubleshoot, build momentum, and work on next steps in Session II. Students must complete Session 1 in order to take Session II. 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]

The Living Eulogy with Anna Ross Saturday, March 11, 10:30am–1:30pm • $10

1x class

Writing & Publishing While Black PRE-RECORDED: Link will be emailed to you upon registration • $35 (FREE for Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative members) Black authors face special challenges in the publishing world: blatant racism, microaggressions, and dealing with the expectations of the publishing business, which is by and large centered on whiteness. Learn how you can succeed in writing and publishing while Black. Panelists include Claudia Love Mair, Crystal Wilkinson, makalani bandele, and Angela Jackson-Brown. [ALL LEVELS] Conceived out of the grief of losing loved ones to addiction and a desire to have said the important things while still possible, this is a collaborative workshop to write a legacy in words for our friends and families. This workshop is intended to honor the folks in our lives NOW, whether we choose to share it with them or not. This is for YOU as well. Come join us as we write to the ones we love, the ones we care about, the person we used to be, or even the ones we don’t know well but who have made lasting impacts. This workshop will offer seasoned writers and new writers the chance to dig into what makes someone important, develop a plan for what needs to be said, and the start of a beautiful living eulogy. Please be aware that this can be emotional in all of the best ways and be attuned to your own sensitivities in taking this class. We will need and expect a space of safety and the opportunity to be freely vulnerable to each person’s level of comfort. Anna Ross is a passionate writer, music enjoyer, IT project manager, and lover of people and coffee. Her goal is to tell each person she knows exactly how much they have meant to her life. [ALL LEVELS]


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