Carnegie Center Fall 2022 Catalog

STAFF Sarah Chapman, Program Director


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) Anniseh Said, Literacy Specialist (Math) Holly Sanders, Tutoring Associate & Rental Coordinator Jamari Turner, Children’s Ou treach & Volunteer Director Kadee Whaley, Marketing Associate BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Events • 4 Adult Writing Fiction • 7

Nonfiction • 9 Poetry • 11 Publishing • 13 Editing & Revision • 14 Genre/Other • 14

Special Interests • 19 Adult Languages • 20 Early Learners • 22 Kids • 24 Teens • 27 Thank You to Our Donors • 30

Lisa Higgins-Hord, Chair Paige Bensing, Vice Chair Jennifer Miloszewski, Treasurer

Josh Douglas Maria Gomez Chester Grundy Silas House Eugenia Johnson-Smith Jenna Kleckner Austin Mehr Veda Stewart

HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday–Thursday: 10am– 7 :30pm Friday: 10am–5pm Saturday: 10am–2pm

William S. Farish, Honorary Member ADVISORY BOARD Claudia Marin Goggin Brian Hodge

Janet Holloway Eileen O’Brien Darryl Stith



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.

Carnegie Center Friends and Family, I am truly enjoying my time at the Carnegie Center. Since beginning my tenure as Executive Director in late May, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in many Carnegie Center events and programs and I have been able to witness the positive impact we are making. I met some phenomenal local authors at the Writer’s Meet-Up. Our Books in Progress Conference was well-attended and life-changing for all who came. The Kentucky Great Writers Series’ May event was quite engaging and a lot of fun. Our Juneteenth Poetry Slam was absolutely outstanding. I am even more excited about what we have planned for the fall. Can you believe that fall is right around the corner? If you were not able to plug into our spring and summer activities and events, I hope we will see you this fall. Our red doors are wide open and we are eager to see our friends and family in person once again. We will also continue to offer classes and activities online as they have been a big hit and have increased our community impact. It is my hope that you will find a class, activity or event within the pages of this catalog that will engage every single member of your family. Lastly, thank you for remaining committed to the Carnegie Center over the past couple of years. With your help, we were able to continue to serve the community in new and innovative ways. I am additionally appreciative to the staff, volunteers, Board, and Advisory Board who worked tirelessly to fulfill our mission – empowering people to explore and express their voices through imaginative learning and the literary arts. If we have not met yet, I look forward to meeting you and your family this fall at our 30th Birthday Celebration in September. With Love and Appreciation,

Shayla Shayla D. Lynch

(859) 254-4175



Carnegie’s 30th Birthday Celebration: An Open House! Friday, September 16, 5– 7 pm • FREE

The Carnegie Center is turning 30 this year, and we want to celebrate with you! We are opening our doors to our students, instructors, volunteers, writers, families, and the public. Join us for a celebration of literacy where you will meet the staff, learn about our programs, and find your place within the Carnegie family. Enjoy light bites, music, a family-friendly atmosphere, and, of course, cupcakes. Children’s activities will be provided. Weather permitting, a portion of this event will take place outdoors, so bring your lawn chairs or blankets. We look forward to seeing you!

Gallery Hop: At the Clearing Friday, November 18, 5–8pm • FREE

We gather to grieve. We gather to witness. We gather to heal. Meet us At the Clearing in Carnegie Center’s Sky Dome Gallery for an interactive sculpture exhibit created by artist Kiptoo Tarus in remembrance of Breonna Taylor. You are invited to leave your written thoughts dispersed amongst the towering sculpture. Stay tuned for additional programs and events by the Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative.

Kentucky Great Writers Series Dates and authors to be announced • FREE

Join us as Kentucky authors read from their latest works. This is a free event, and registration is not required. Kentucky Great Writers Series is sponsored by Kentucky Arts Council, LexArts, Reitzel Cook Foundation, Nate’s Coffee, and 91.3 WUKY.

Black & Lit Book Club ONLINE: Tuesday, September 13, 6– 7 pm • FREE

The Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative continues the popular Black & Lit Book Club celebrating Black Kentucky writers’ recent books. This book group will be open to KBWC members and anyone who wishes to attend. 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. When possible, we will meet with the author during our book group. The KBWC Black & Lit Book Club will meet on the

second Tuesday of every other month, beginning in September. September Author: Angela Jackson-Brown

The Carnegie Center is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative is supported by


Book Discussion: The Little Prince ONLINE: Date to be announced • FREE • ADULTS ONLY

Join us for an online discussion about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 classic children’s book, The Little Prince , in preparation for Carnegie Classics: The Little Prince on November 5. We will discuss themes, characters, and setting. The first 10 registrants will receive a free copy of the book.

Octavia Butler Sci-Fi & Speculative Fiction Contest SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, October 28, 5pm

The Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative is sponsoring the Octavia Butler Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction Contest. All are welcome to submit. There is no entry fee. First prize is $200. Second prize is $100. Submissions are limited to two entries (maximum of 1500 words) per person. Winners will be invited to share their work at a public reading. GENERAL CONTEST INFO: For all contests, please submit the form found using the registration link online. 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 Street, Lexington, KY 4050 7 . Please include a cover sheet with required information and ensure postmark by submission deadline. Entries will be judged by qualified panels.

Author Academy Alumni & Mentor Reading ONLINE: Tuesday, November 1, 7 pm • FREE and open to all The Carnegie Center Author Academy invites you to a special reading featuring alumni and mentors of the program.

Carnegie Classics: The Little Prince Saturday, November 5, 7 –11pm • $30 in advance, $35 day of • ADULTS ONLY Grown-ups (18+) are invited to fly into the pages of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 classic children’s book, The Little Prince. Prepare for take off as DJ DNasti guides us through a starlit desert with Prince music, including a special light show by Liquified. Delight in French hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar serving signature cocktails fit for a prince. Enjoy out-of-this-world artistic pop-up surprises, and an art exhibit with more than just boa constrictor sketches. Come dressed for an adventure that is sure to transport you through time and space. You don’t want to miss this one-night literary art experience! Sponsored by Reitzel Cook Foundation.

Writing Critique Night Wednesday, November 9, 5:30– 7 pm • FREE • Submissions are accepted starting at 5pm •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. Submissions will be accepted from 5–5:25pm, and 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.



Writing Kids’ Books with Marcia Thornton Jones ONLINE: Mondays, September 12–October 31, Noon–2pm • $128

New extended hours!

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. Led by Marcia Thornton Jones, an award-winning author who has published more than 130 books for children with sales totaling more than 43 million copies world-wide. [ALL LEVELS]

Fiction Writing Group with Sarah Combs Wednesdays, September 14–November 16, 11am–1pm • $160

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 YA novels, Breakfast Served Anytime and The Light Fantastic , published by Candlewick Press. [ALL LEVELS]

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing Group with Jason Sizemore Mondays, September 19–November 7 , 5:30pm– 7 pm • $112

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]

Character Motivation with Elizabeth Kilcoyne ONLINE: Saturday, November 5, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35

New! 1x class

The simple formula for plot: give your character a desire and then prevent them from obtaining that desire until they change. But people are more complicated and now more than ever readers desire characters that they can relate to – or characters who challenge their world views. We’ll thoroughly examine character motivation and explore exercises that will help your characters jump off the page. Good for fiction and nonfiction authors. Elizabeth Kilcoyne is an author of spooky books about dead things, including her YA Gothic Horror novel, Wake the Bones (2022, Wednesday Books). She currently lives in Lexington. [ALL LEVELS]

Bending Reality in Fiction with Ashley Blooms Saturday, December 3, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35

New! 1x class

Genres like fabulism, slipstream, and magical realism are known for blurring the boundaries between the fantastic and the mundane. This blurring often results in stories that feel familiar, yet new, and that allow the author to explore complex themes in an accessible way. In this class, we’ll dig into the historical context of these genres, look at popular examples, and explore some of the building blocks for writing stories that bend reality. Ashley Blooms is the author of two novels, Where I Can’t Follow and Every Bone a Prayer, that explore Appalachian Kentucky with a speculative twist. [ALL LEVELS]

What’s At Stake: The Importance of Goal, Motivation, & Tension with Tracee de Hahn Tuesday, December 6, 5:30– 7 :15 pm • $35

New! 1x class

When it comes to roping in your reader, every page matters. We’ll explore and discuss the web of elements (character, plot, setting, style, etc.) that create a book that will keep the reader turning pages from start to finish. Tracee de Hahn is the author of the Agnes Lüthi mystery series, published by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books. [ALL LEVELS]



Plotting 101 with Tiffany Reisz PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR: Link and materials will be emailed to you upon registration • $35

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 thirty novels. She lives with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, in Louisville. [ALL LEVELS]

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 Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support for 2022–2023 to the Carnegie Center with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Carnegie Center is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carnegie's literary arts programs are supported by

All Carnegie Center programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts.

Literary Arts Emergency Fund



NaNo Plano with Hayley Garrett Saturday, September 24, 12:30 –1:30pm • FREE

1x class

Writers will learn what they need to prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November, from how write-ins work to structuring plot and characters. Join other NaNoWriMo writers to discuss potential plans for writing a novel in 30 days. We will go over how to set up a NaNoWriMo account on the website and keep track of your daily word count. We will also discuss the events we have planned and make further arrangements to help all the Lexington area writers (and beyond) succeed this year. Led by Hayley Garrett, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for the Lexington region. [ALL LEVELS]

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days with Christine Van Zandt ONLINE: Thursday, October 6, 6– 7 :30 pm • $35

1x class

Can you write 50,000 words toward a novel in one month? Yes, you can! This two-time National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) winner will share with you how it’s done 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? Experienced Hollywood editor and award-winning author, Christine Van Zandt, shares her knowledge of the industry and today’s marketplace . [ALL LEVELS] Come Write-In November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! Carnegie Center is an official NaNoWriMo Come Write-In site. Drop in anytime during our open hours, find a comfortable spot in the lobby or the Writer’s Reference Room, and work on your novel in progress. Our hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 10am– 7 :30pm, and Saturday 10am–2pm. Image courtesy of NaNoWriMo.


Nonfiction Writing Group with Neil Chethik Tuesdays, September 13–November 15, Noon–1:30pm • $140

Join a lively, diverse group of people exploring nonfiction writing, including personal essays, columns, magazine pieces, and autobiography. This is a chance to share your work in progress, receive and offer feedback, and gain confidence in an affirming atmosphere. Neil is the former Executive Director of the Carnegie Center, and author of FatherLoss: How Sons Deal With the Deaths of Their Dads (Hyperion). [ALL LEVELS]

The Braided Essay with Gavin Colton Tuesdays, September 13–November 15, 5:45– 7 :15pm • $140


In this workshop, we will learn how to weave seemingly distinct personal narratives and research to form a singular, cohesive essay that draws out new literary meaning through the braiding process. Writers can expect to write one full-length essay (2000-3000 words), complete weekly writing exercises, and prepare detailed critiques for their peers. Gavin Colton is a fiction and nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in The Honest Ulsterman, Hippocampus Magazine, The Wax Paper, La Picoletta Barca, and the Appalachian Review. He has been teaching creative writing workshops since 201 7 . [ALL LEVELS]



Writing What Is: A Writing Circle for BIPOC Womyn with LeTonia Jones and Tanya Torp ONLINE: Saturdays, September 1 7 –October 15, 10am– Noon • FREE • Limit: 15 participants The purpose of this circle is to offer a safer space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) womyn to write and share our truths. It will also serve to build a strong BIPOC womyn’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 womyn writer. LeTonia Jones lives in Lexington. She is a small business owner, writer, and guest columnist for the 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: Tuesdays, September 20–October 25, 4– 5:30 pm • $84

There is nothing more important than the stories of our lives, the tales of who we are and what we have experienced. No matter how big or small we imagine, our stories make up the human race. There’s no better way to connect us universally than to divulge fearlessly our individuality. Memoir is the art of capturing our memories and vividly, passionately molding them into pieces of literature, pieces of art. We’ll study masters of memoir over the centuries and work to craft our own stories. Erin Chandler has an MFA in Creative Writing, and her memoir, Junebug Versus Hurricane , has garnered critical praise. [ALL LEVELS]

Writing the Stories of Your Life with Sylvia Lovely ONLINE: Wednesdays, November 2–16, 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]



Taking Your Poetry to the Next Level with Sean L. Corbin Tuesdays, September 20–November 8, 5:45– 7 :15pm • $112

In need of feedback on your poetry? Looking to engage, or reengage, with a serious, welcoming, uplifting writing community? Join poet Sean L. Corbin as he explores the best ways to interact with the work of other poets and offers a platform for you to send your ideas, your images, your passions, and your words into the world. Participants will discuss and explore the best approaches to talking about the work of their peers, give and receive constructive criticism, and help each other take the next step in your writing. This is primarily a revision class, with some generative elements. Sean L. Corbin is the author of The Leper Dreams of Snow (Finishing Line, 2018). He holds an MFA from the University of Kentucky as well as degrees in Creative Writing and English from Morehead State University. His poetry and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Still, JMWW, Poetry Fix, little leo, Crow Hollow, Boudin, and many others. [BEGINNINER/INTERMEDIATE]

Performance Poetry 10: Spoken Word with JC McPherson Wednesdays, September 21–November 2, 5:45– 7 :15pm • FREE

Over six weeks, students will develop their own voices and the most powerful ways to express them to an audience. Each class will be broken up into three segments. We’ll begin with a video portion that will be used to present examples ranging from poet readings to more performance-based work (such as the Last Poets and contemporary slam poetry). A writing component will be used to develop poetry that is meant to be heard. Each class finishes with time set aside for performance and getting comfortable in front of a microphone. Affrilachian Poet and Kentucky Colonel JC McPherson has published more than four collections of poetry. He helps coordinate the Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative. [ALL LEVELS]

The Voice of a Poem: A Generative Workshop with Marianne Worthington Saturday, September 24, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35

New! 1x class

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. At the end of the class, you will have at least four 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]

Transforming the Cliché with Linda Bryant Saturday, October 1, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35

New! 1x class

Poetic cliches include words, phrases, or scenes that have lost their original effect because of overuse. Editors usually reject writing submissions with too many cliches. In this workshop, we will learn how to spot cliches and practice transforming them into crisp, new language. Is your neighbor a loose cannon? You will discover new ways to express this phrase and convert many other cliches during this two-hour workshop. Linda Bryant is a widely published journalist and poet who owns and operates Owsley Fork Writers Sanctuary in Berea, KY. [ALL LEVELS]

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, October 6–November 10, 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. Poems by Galway Kinnell, Wendell Berry, Hans Ostrom, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, and Lucille Clifton will be read. 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]

Intro to Ecopoetry with Sarah McCartt-Jackson ONLINE: Saturday, October 15, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35


1x class

In this generative workshop, we will examine how poetry evokes connections between human activity and the environment. This workshop moves beyond writing simply of and about nature; participants will learn how to convey and confront their experiences with the natural world through poetry in a time of environmental crisis. Sarah McCartt-Jackson is a Kentucky poet, folklorist, and educator whose poetry books include: Stonelight, Calf Canyon, Vein of Stone, and Children Born on the Wrong Side of the River. [ALL LEVELS]

Life/Lines: Your Autobiography in Verse with Sarah McCartt-Jackson ONLINE: Saturday, November 5, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35

New! 1x class

In this workshop, you will learn how to transcribe your life into poetry. We will read examples and write after generative exercises to get at the root of your path, whatever that has been and whatever it might be. Be prepared to conjure up where you are going and where you have been. [ALL LEVELS]



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

Learn 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 coordinates the Kentucky Great Writers Series. [INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED]

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

Join Julia Royston from BK Royston Publishing Company as she discusses 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 has coached more than 200 authors to write, publish, and promote their books in the literary world. [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 an intimidating process, but this class will guide you through the entire process: from preparing your fiction, poetry, essays, and manuscripts for publication to writing a cover letter, from investigating magazines and presses to managing your active submissions, and from handling the sting of rejection to 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]


with Alice Speilburg, Speilburg Literary Agency Saturday, November 5, 10am–2pm • 20-minute consultation time slots assigned prior to the event • $50, $35 for those in need of financial assistance Here’s your chance to sit down with a literary agent and ask all the questions you’ve been dying to ask. Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary Agency) is coming back to the Carnegie Center to meet one- on-one with writers for 20-minute consultations. Alice is happy to discuss all fiction and nonfiction projects that target a consumer audience, regardless of whether the genre is one she represents. Bring your questions, information about your book (optional), a copy of your query, or other materials for her review. This is appropriate for writers at any stage of the writing process; you do not have to have a completed manuscript. Space is limited, and registration is required. You will be assigned a 20-minute consultation time slot prior to the event.



Self-Editing with Christine Van Zandt ONLINE: Saturday, October 15, 2–4pm • $35


1x class

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] Too many writers see revision as a burden and not part of the creative process. Yet, revision is easily 50% of writing for publication. Revision gives the writer an opportunity to re-vision, often in community with other writers—a creative collaborative process. Participants in this workshop will learn the differences between developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. They will choose one manuscript to revise, moving through these three stages of revision collaboratively. Kimberly Garts Crum has her MFA in Writing from Spalding University (Creative Nonfiction October 2003). For ten years, she taught literature and writing to undergraduates at Spalding. For nine years, she has taught personal essays and memoir via her business, Shape & Flow Writing Instruction, at Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville. [ALL LEVELS–Emphasis on Nonfiction, Personal Essay, and Memoir] You’ve written a book, now what? Learning how to self-edit will move your book toward publication faster. This seminar includes step-by-step guidance and tips to help you navigate the self-editing process to produce a competitive product in today’s booming marketplace. Bring your questions to this interactive seminar. Experienced Hollywood editor and award-winning author, Christine Van Zandt, shares her knowledge of the industry and today’s marketplace. [ALL LEVELS] Re-Visioning: Learning to Love the Revision Process with Kimberly Garts Crum, MSW, MFA Monday, November 7 & 14, 5:15– 7 :15pm • $45


Seniors Writing Group with Sarah Combs Fridays, August 19–December 2 (no class November 25), 10:30am–Noon • FREE • Takes place at the Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane

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 Led by Sarah Combs, 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 60 years of age and over. [ALL LEVELS]

Free Writing Practice with Leslie Dodd ONLINE: Fridays, September 9–November 18, Noon–1:30pm • FREE

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]


Writing Group for Young Adults with Z Jackson ONLINE: Mondays, September 12–October 24, 7 :30–9pm • FREE

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 and levels. This class is for emerging writers ages (18 – 35) 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]

Digging Deeper: Using Subtext to Add Depth to Your Stories with Laurie Calkhoven ONLINE: Saturday, September 1 7 , 10:30am–12:30pm • $35


1x class

Subtext, the true meaning simmering underneath the surface, adds depth and layers of meaning to our scenes. Often what’s missing in the text is the most important part—the motives, thoughts, emotions, and human truths that resonate with multiple meanings. Using examples from multiple popular works of fiction, we’ll look at the many ways to use subtext to add meaning beneath the words. Laurie Calkhoven is the author of more than 50 books for young readers, ranging from beginner readers through young adult. Many of her novels have appeared on numerous state reading lists. [INTERMEDIATE]

Weekend Writing Retreat with Marcia Thornton Jones Friday–Sunday, September 30–October 2, 10am–4pm • $165

Break through your writing obstacles during a 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 blocks. The retreat will culminate with a share/response session featuring a selection of the weekend’s writing. Bring your own lunch with you. Led by Marcia Thornton Jones, an award-winning author who has published more than 130 books for children with sales totaling more than 43 million copies worldwide. [INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED]

Choosing Your Point of View with Claudia Love Mair ONLINE: Saturday, October 8, 2–4pm • $35

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Learn about the crucial role Point of View plays in your writing—from first to third person and beyond. In this generative workshop, we’ll explore the differences, similarities, and impacts each perspective brings to a story and then practice on our own writing. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the different rules, techniques, and tricks to pull readers in—and how to apply them to your work. Claudia Love Mair is a published author, writing teacher, and the Coordinator for the Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative. She holds an MFA from Spalding University. [ALL LEVELS]

The Ins, Outs, and How-Tos of Researching with Liz Carey Saturday, October 15, 10:30am–1:30pm • $45

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Writing and Publishing While Black: A Panel 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, from blatant racism to microaggressions to dealing with the expectations of the publishing business, which is by and large centered in whiteness. Learn how you can succeed in writing and publishing while Black. Panelists include Claudia Love Mair, Crystal Wilkinson, makalani bandele, Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts, Angela Jackson-Brown, and Frank X Walker. [ALL LEVELS] Writing is only part of what it takes to craft a non-fiction piece. From delving into genealogy to accessing public records to interviewing subjects, there’s a myriad of things that go into researching. You’ll learn where to find records, how to access them, and tips on interviewing people for your story. Liz Carey has been a freelance writer for the past five years, 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]



Writing In Distracting Times: Strategies to Boost Your Word Count with Andrew Shaffer ONLINE: Thursday, October 20, 6–8pm • $35 In this class, you will be introduced to the various productivity strategies used by some of the world’s most prolific authors, such as Stephen King and Nora Roberts. New York Times bestselling author Andrew Shaffer— who wrote his first published novel in just ten days—will discuss ways to maximize the time you spend at your keyboard. [ALL LEVELS]


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Writing From the Inside Out with LeTonia Jones ONLINE: Saturday, October 22, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35

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This contemplative writing workshop provides an opportunity for participants to combine guided meditation and writing. We will journey into our bodies and then use a prompt to tell our stories from the inside out. We will commit what we find onto the page in the form of a freewrite. These freewrites may take the form of word association, poetry, or prose. Participants will then be invited to witness one another as we share the wisdom that comes to us from within. Led by LeTonia Jones: social justice advocate, poet, and co-facilitator of Writing What Is: A Writing Circle for BIPOC Womyn on p. 10. [ALL LEVELS]

Let’s Talk About Dialogue with Jessica Handler ONLINE: Saturday, October 22, 2–4pm • $35


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It’s been said that dialogue is character, and character is plot. In this two-hour workshop, we will analyze dialogue from novels, memoirs, and screenplays and generate new material in response to prompts. By exploring a variety of techniques for conveying conflict, character, and plot through written dialogue, students will develop confidence in deploying character voice and intent. Jessica Handler is the author of the novel The Magnetic Girl , winner of the 2020 Southern Book Prize, and a nominee for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. Her memoir, Invisible Sisters , was named one of the “Books All Georgians Should Read.” Handler’s craft guide, Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss , was praised by Vanity Fair magazine and has been the focal text for grief writing workshops in the US and overseas since its publication in 2013. Her writing has appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, The Bitter Southerner, Electric Literature, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Oldster, Full Grown People and elsewhere. [ALL LEVELS]

Virtual Write-In with Marcia Thornton Jones ONLINE: Friday–Sunday, November 4–6, 10am–4pm • $125


Break through your writing obstacles during a 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 blocks. The retreat will culminate with a share/response session featuring a selection of the weekend’s writing. Led by Marcia Thornton Jones, an award-winning author who has published more than 130 books for children with sales totaling more than 43 million copies worldwide. [INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED]

Sensory Elements in Writing with Elizabeth Kilcoyne ONLINE: Saturday, November 19, 10:30am–12:30pm • $35


For both fiction and non-fiction writers, the smallest building blocks of sensory detail can strengthen character, world, and setting in ways that will enthrall your reader and keep them reading until the last page. We’ll talk sensory detail and engage in exercises to better utilize imagination as well as the world around us for stronger writing no matter what your project. Elizabeth Kilcoyne is an author of spooky books about dead things, including her YA Gothic Horror novel Wake the Bones (2022, Wednesday Books). She currently lives in Lexington. [ALL LEVELS]


Pitching at Online Events with Christine Van Zandt ONLINE: Saturday, December 10, 2–4pm • $35

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By pitching at online events, it’s possible to secure a publisher and get your book traditionally published without an agent. Christine did! Learn about these events, how to find them, and how to participate. Helpful tips will sharpen your pitch, explain what happens when a publisher or agent “likes” your pitch, and how to watch for possible scams. Bring your pitches for feedback during this interactive seminar. Experienced Hollywood editor and award-winning author, Christine Van Zandt, shares her knowledge of the industry and today’s marketplace. [ALL LEVELS]

Savoring Your Words: Writing Your Food Traditions with Ellen Birkett Morris ONLINE: Wednesday, December 7 , 6-8pm • $20 ($1 7 for Good Foods Co-op owners) • Visit GoodFoods.Coop to register for this virtual class


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Learn how to convey the most elemental of experiences in words that will be savored long after your work is read. We’ll read compelling food narratives and give you the ingredients to create essays that capture your food heritage. You’ll be given essay prompts, and if there’s time, we’ll workshop drafts. Ellen Birkett Morris has written about food for Cooking Light, The National Culinary Review, NPR’s Kitchen Window, Gastronomica, Alimentum, and The Courier- Journal. This class is offered in partnership with our friends at Good Foods Co-op. [ALL LEVELS]

Vision Boards for Writers with Melody Westerfield Saturday, December 10, 10:30am–1:30pm • $45 (some supplies included)

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This workshop is designed to allow you to build a vision board that is a reflection of your vision and goals as a writer for 2023. You will receive a checklist of tips on how to set your writing goals and unique ways on how to hold yourself accountable in reaching those goals. This workshop is meant to empower you past your fears, overthinking, and comparison but instead motivate you to see without limits. Melody Westerfield is a life coach that utilizes vision boards and conducts vision board workshops to help set goals and promote positive motivation and affirmations visually. [ALL LEVELS]

Grantwriting Basics with Jennifer Hester Mattox PRE-RECORDED: Link will be emailed to you upon registration • $35

Writing a grant (or learning where to find one) can be daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. Learn the basics about grant research, how to write a grant, what to include in your proposal and project budgets, the dos and don’ts of grantwriting, and more! This 90-minute class is geared toward grantwriting for nonprofit organizations and artists. Jennifer Mattox is the Carnegie Center Development Director and has 20 years of grant writing experience. She also serves as the Kentucky Great Writers Series Coordinator. [ALL LEVELS]



Queering the Line with Jay McCoy Wednesday, September 21, 5:30– 7 pm • FREE

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In this seminar, we will take a recommendation from Sonia Sanchez: “Poetry is subconscious conversation, it is as much the work of those who understand it and those who make it.” We will continue that conversation and write new poems by pulling inspiration from classic and contemporary LGBTQIA+ poets. This is a safe space. Jay McCoy has served the local writing community for years through Carnegie’s Q-Munity LGBTQIA+ reading & writing group, mentoring, teaching classes, and co-hosting open mic series. [ALL LEVELS]

The Lavender Gaze with Jay McCoy Wednesday, October 19, 5:30– 7 pm • FREE

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For millennia, writers have taken inspiration from visual artists and musicians. This creative method is known as ekphrasis and is the central topic for this seminar. We will use visual art and music from LGBTQIA+ artists and musicians as prompts to write new work. This is a safe space. [ALL LEVELS]

Q-Munity (LGBTQIA+): Telling My Truth with Jay McCoy Wednesday, November 16, 5:30– 7 pm • FREE

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When we tell stories of our life, they could be fiction or fact, but they are always our truth. Most writers struggle with putting personal words to paper. Joy Harjo said, “I know I walk in and out of several wounds every day.” Rumi contemplated, “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” In this seminar, we will explore these ideas with prompts and strive to find the clarity of James Baldwin: “The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even but a millimeter the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” This is a safe space. [ALL LEVELS]



Monthly Book Discussion with Alan Church ONLINE: Last Tuesday of each month, January–November, 5:30– 7 pm • FREE

Join us for a monthly discussion of contemporary and classic novels as well as nonfiction chosen by the group. This group has been meeting since 1993 and always welcomes new members! To join or for information about current selections, contact Alan at or (859) 252- 7 041. Alan Church, Ph.D. is a retired clinical psychologist who has recently taken graduate courses in literature. This class meets on the last Tuesday of each month, January through November. This class has a rolling registration period. Join anytime!

Brain Power for Seniors with Elise Mandel ONLINE: Wednesdays, August 24–November 16, 11am–Noon • FREE In partnership with the Lexington Senior Center • Call (859) 2 7 8-60 7 2 to register

Keep your brain sharp this year! In this fun class, we will do word games, number games, logic puzzles, and all kinds of challenges to keep your brain moving. Elise Mandel holds a master’s degree in education from UMass Amherst, and she teaches classes and works with private students in many subjects.

Brown Bag Book Discussion with Jan Isenhour Thursdays, September 15–November 3, noon–1pm • FREE

An informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy the selected works or borrow them from the library. Contact the Carnegie Center for the updated book list. Jan Isenhour has facilitated the Brown Bag group since it began in 1995. She has an M.A. in literature and taught at the University of Kentucky.

The Artist’s Way with Melissa Bell Pitts Thursdays, September 15–November 1 7 , 5:45– 7 :15pm • $140


Are you ready to let your inner artist begin to play? If you are a practicing artist, would you like to deepen your creative process? Join us as we are guided by Julia Cameron’s seminal work, The Artist’s Way , that has been known to change lives. It’s powerful and fun! Led by Melissa Bell-Pitts, whose works have been selected as finalists in the Next Great Writer Contest and the Kentucky Women Writers Conference’s Betty Gabehart Prize. [ALL LEVELS]

Storytelling: The Time of My Life with Jonathan Scott Thursdays, September 22–October 20, 5:30– 7 pm • $ 7 0


If you’ve ever listened to The Moth Radio Hour or The Moth Podcast, you already know the power and fun of personal storytelling. The stories we tell at The Time Of My Life aren’t traditional tales, folktales, or stand-up comedy. They are part of our shared human existence. Sometimes dramatic, sometimes hilarious, sometimes ordinary and seemingly insignificant but always honest, authentic, and real. In workshop sessions, we will learn to find the experience we need to tell, develop it into a story structure, and learn how to present it orally to an audience in a supportive and fun atmosphere. We will celebrate with an event where we tell our stories to an audience in the first person, on stage, and without notes. Jonathan Scott has taught workshops and presented both live and online personal storytelling events in North Carolina since 2018. He is also the author of four novels and a short story collection. [ALL LEVELS]


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