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Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning


address  251 W. Second St.
 Lexington, KY  40507
phone (859) 254-4175
hours Mon.-Thu. 9am-7pm; Fri. 9am-5pm; Sat. 9am-2pm
carnegiecenterlex.org

Upcoming Events

Free Writing Practice

Class/Workshop, Education
This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We write from a variety of prompts designed to get writers to loosen their inner censor and simply get words on the page during two or three short sessions. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to the other participating members who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zen-like practice originated in Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. For all levels.
writing;writers;writing group;discussion
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/free-writing-practice/
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Schedule
 • Fri 7/20/18 at 12pm-1:30pm 
 • Fri 7/27/18 at 12pm-1:30pm 
 • Fri 8/3/18 at 12pm-1:30pm 
 • Fri 8/10/18 at 12pm-1:30pm 
 • Fri 8/17/18 at 12pm-1:30pm 
 • Fri 8/24/18 at 12pm-1:30pm 
 • Fri 8/31/18 at 12pm-1:30pm 

Spanish: Level 3

Class/Workshop, Education
Students will use authentic materials, including videos, readings, and music, to speak, read, write, and listen. Some goals include describing how Lexington compares to Spanish-speaking communities, talking about celebrations in the United States and around the world, using the past tense to talk about one’s childhood, describing famous art from Spanish-speaking cultures, and debating issues. Class meets Tuesdays, June 19-August 7 (no class July 3).
language;language class;spanish
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $91
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/spanish-level-3/
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Schedule
 • Tue 7/17/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 
 • Tue 7/24/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 
 • Tue 7/31/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 
 • Tue 8/7/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 

Just Enough Italian

Class/Workshop, Education
Get started on the way to communicating in Italian and appreciating Italian culture. In this course in conversational Italian, you’ll learn fundamentals of the language through exercises, poems, songs, and practice. Class meets Mondays, June 25-July 30.
language;language class;italian
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $78
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/workshops/languages/italian/
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 • Mon 7/23/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 
 • Mon 7/30/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 

Spanish: Level 2

Class/Workshop, Education
We will continue to add vocabulary, verbs, and verb tenses. Students will apply skills learned in Spanish Level 1 and will engage in more active conversation, expressions, and general scenarios related to work, travel, business, health and others. Required textbook: Barron’s Spanish Now! Level 1 (please purchase on your own). Class meets Tuesdays, June 26-August 7 (no class July 3).
language;language class;spanish
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $78
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/spanish-level-2/
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Schedule
 • Tue 7/17/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 
 • Tue 7/24/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 
 • Tue 7/31/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 
 • Tue 8/7/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 

Looking Inward: How to Mine Your Own Stories

Class/Workshop, Education
Looking inward is a mindful writing process that guides writers to tell the truth to themselves about themselves. This process supports the development of short works, such as personal essays and stories, and longer works, such as memoirs. This class incorporates daily journaling, weekly writing exercises, and practical ways to explore life’s threads, graphic organizers, and memory devices. For all levels.
writing;creative writing;memoir
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $78
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/looking-inward-mine-stories/
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 • Wed 7/18/18 at 12pm-1:30pm 

Writing Poetry

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Class/Workshop
Metaphor, simile, image, symbol, meter, rhythm, basic building blocks of poetry so inexhaustible in their depth and variety that no poet, established or beginning, can ever completely master them. Participants in this class will explore these tools with emphasis on their own writing. For all levels.
imagery;sound;structure;workshop;poetry;writing;poets;writers
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $78
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/writing-poetry/
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Schedule
 • Wed 7/18/18 at 5:30pm-7:15pm 
 • Wed 7/25/18 at 5:30pm-7:15pm 

Looking Inward: How to Mine Your Own Stories

Class/Workshop, Education
Looking inward is a mindful writing process that guides writers to tell the truth to themselves about themselves. This process supports the development of short works, such as personal essays and stories, and longer works, such as memoirs. This class incorporates daily journaling, weekly writing exercises, and practical ways to explore life’s threads, graphic organizers, and memory devices. For all levels.
writing;creative writing;memoir
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $78
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/looking-inward-mine-stories/
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Schedule
 • Wed 7/25/18 at 12pm-1:30pm 
 • Wed 8/1/18 at 12pm-1:30pm 

Writing Poetry

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Class/Workshop
Metaphor, simile, image, symbol, meter, rhythm, basic building blocks of poetry so inexhaustible in their depth and variety that no poet, established or beginning, can ever completely master them. Participants in this class will explore these tools with emphasis on their own writing. For all levels.
imagery;sound;structure;workshop;poetry;writing;poets;writers
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $78
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/writing-poetry/
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 • Wed 8/1/18 at 5:30pm-7:15pm 
 • Wed 8/8/18 at 5:30pm-7:15pm 

Looking Inward: How to Mine Your Own Stories

Class/Workshop, Education
Looking inward is a mindful writing process that guides writers to tell the truth to themselves about themselves. This process supports the development of short works, such as personal essays and stories, and longer works, such as memoirs. This class incorporates daily journaling, weekly writing exercises, and practical ways to explore life’s threads, graphic organizers, and memory devices. For all levels.
writing;creative writing;memoir
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $78
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/looking-inward-mine-stories/
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 • Wed 8/8/18 at 12pm-1:30pm 
 • Wed 8/15/18 at 12pm-1:30pm 

Writing Poetry

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Class/Workshop
Metaphor, simile, image, symbol, meter, rhythm, basic building blocks of poetry so inexhaustible in their depth and variety that no poet, established or beginning, can ever completely master them. Participants in this class will explore these tools with emphasis on their own writing. For all levels.
imagery;sound;structure;workshop;poetry;writing;poets;writers
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $78
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/writing-poetry/
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 • Wed 8/15/18 at 5:30pm-7:15pm 

Brown Bag Book Discussion

Talks/Lectures
An informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy or check out from the library the works selected. Contact the Carnegie Center for the updated book list.
Discussion;literature;women
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/brown-bag-book-discussion/
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Schedule
 • Thu 7/19/18 at 12pm-1pm 
 • Thu 7/26/18 at 12pm-1pm 
 • Thu 8/2/18 at 12pm-1pm 
 • Thu 8/9/18 at 12pm-1pm 
 • Thu 8/16/18 at 12pm-1pm 
 • Thu 8/23/18 at 12pm-1pm 
 • Thu 8/30/18 at 12pm-1pm 

Intro to Handlettering

Class/Workshop, Education
Do you dream of creating unique hand lettered artwork but are not sure how to begin? In this intro course, we will cover materials, walk through the basic hand lettered alphabet together, and learn techniques and strokes to achieve a gorgeous look with your lettering. You’ll get plenty of guided, hands-on practice and will finish a small project to take home and frame. No experience necessary! No materials are required, although brush pens will be available for purchase from the instructor during class ($4 each). Limit: 10 participants.
hand lettering;handlettering;art;calligraphy;handwriting
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $36
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/intro-to-handlettering/
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 • Wed 7/18/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 
 • Wed 7/25/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 
 • Wed 8/1/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 

Playwriting Workshop with Erin Chandler

Class/Workshop, Education
We will discuss great playwrights and their works, study structure, dialogue, set —all of the elements that make up the 10-minute play that you will write in this class. During the four weeks, you will share your work with fellow students to get and give feedback as you develop your play. On the last class, you will cast your play with the other students and perform a staged reading. Erin Chandler holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University, owns a bookshop in Versailles, Rabbit House Books & Notions, and has just published her first memoir, June Bug Versus Hurricane. For all levels.
writing;playwriting;theater;drama
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $56
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/playwriting/
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 • Thu 7/19/18 at 5:30pm-7:15pm 
 • Thu 7/26/18 at 5:30pm-7:15pm 
 • Thu 8/2/18 at 5:30pm-7:15pm 
 • Thu 8/9/18 at 5:30pm-7:15pm 
 • Thu 8/16/18 at 5:30pm-7:15pm 

Making Books Using Repurposed Materials

Class/Workshop
With all the concern about the environment, we can cut down on waste by repurposing “trash” into treasure. Here is a way to do good for the environment AND create a nice notebook to use in school, in the garden or on field trips. Make your own Field Notebook from a colorful bag that once held birdseed. This material has vibrant colors and is made of sturdy woven, weather proof plastic. This class is suitable for teens and adults. Limit: 8 participants. Led by Susan Bradish, who holds a BFA from Eastern Kentucky University and is the owner of Skirted Turtle Studio in Lexington where she does book arts, printmaking and metalsmithing.
crafts;journals;books;book making;bookmaking;art
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $40 (includes materials)
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/making-books-using-repurposed-materials/
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 • Sat 7/21/18 at 10:30am-1:30pm 

The Gift of Color: Henry Lawrence Faulkner

Art Show, Gallery, Art Talk
Born under a wolf moon in Southern Kentucky, 1924, Henry Faulkner was propelled into the world of art with a magical imagination. In this exhibit, which opens with a reception during July’s Gallery Hop, images from John Hockensmith’s book, The Gift of Color: Henry Lawrence Faulkner, provide a visual overview of the evolution of Faulkner as an artist. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and special appearances from those that knew Henry Faulkner. John Hockensmith is the owner of Fine Art Editions Gallery and Press.
gallery;reception;art gallery;Henry Faulkner
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/event/gallery-hop/
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 • Sat 7/21/18 at 5pm-8pm 

Layering in Story

Class/Workshop, Education
An artist adds substance and depth to a painting by adding layers of paint to the canvas. We see the art from different angles with each pass of the brush; the interpretation of the piece expands. The same can be done in narrative writing. In this class, we’ll deconstruct layers in a portion of a short story written by Mavis Gallant and then reverse the process and build our own scenes, layer by layer. For all levels.
writing;fiction;fiction books
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $35
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/layering-in-story/
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 • Sat 7/28/18 at 10:30am-1:30pm 

Moonlight Mambo Gala

Modern, Latin/Salsa, Benefit/Fundraiser, Special Event
Moonlight Mambo Gala will feature live music, tapas, cocktails and free Mambo dance lessons! This is the first major fundraiser that Casa de la Cultura of Lexington is hosting. Come and help this wonderful non-profit organization. Purchase your individual tickets or reserve a group table and save!! Limited seating so take advantage of the EARLY BIRD savings. Tickets available at https://ticketbud.com/events/70628f12-646f-11e8-a79e-935fda6e4994 For more information about Casa de la Cultura Hispana de Kentucky please visit our website at https://www.casadelaculturaky.org/sobre-nosotrosabout-us.html
Mambo;Lexington;event;Latino;Latix;Music;Dance;Fundraiser
Event Info: (859) 489-7888
Ages: 16 and up
Price: $45 $55 $60
Event Website: https://www.casadelaculturaky.org/moonlight-mambo-gala.html
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 • Sat 7/28/18 at 7pm-12am 

Creative Writing Teen Retreat

Class/Workshop, Education, Children
Attention teen writers! Join us for this one-ofa-kind retreat for the next great generation of writers! You’ll work with talented writers, spend free time putting words on the page in an inspiring environment, and get to know peers who share similar passions! Instructors include Jay McCoy (co-owner of Brier Books), Sarah Combs (author of The Light Fantastic), and Gwenda Bond (author of Lois Lane: Triple Threat). Please bring your own lunch both days. For grades 9-12.
• Kid Friendly
creative writing;teen;retreat;writer
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Ages: Grades 9-12.
Price: $75
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/youth-family-class/creative-writing-teen-retreat/
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 • Thu 8/2/18 - Fri 8/3/18 at 9:30am-4pm 

Soul Collage®: Creative Art for Writers

Class/Workshop, Education
Using images and writing prompts to give voice to the pearls of wisdom from your own soul, and from the archetypes that guide the human journey, this workshop is especially potent for gaining new insights and inspiration, and for breaking through writing blocks. No artistic ability required, though results are often profound. All materials are included. More about SoulCollage® at www.SoulCollage.com. Led by Lisa Miller, Mind-Body Health Specialist, Soul Collage® Facilitator, artist, and writer.
art;writer;writing;collage;craft
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $40 (includes materials)
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/soul-collage-creative-art-writers/
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 • Sat 8/4/18 at 10:30am-1pm 

Building Your Author Platform

Class/Workshop, Education, Social Media
All authors need a platform – the online and in-person presence that allows anyone in the world to find them. This hands-on class will help you create a platform that attracts and engages your target readers and prepares you to sell your books. Open to fiction and nonfiction writers. Led by Lisa Haneberg, author of over twenty traditionally and self-published fiction and nonfiction books. For all levels.
writing;author;social media;publishing;book publishing
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $35
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/building-author-platform/
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 • Sat 8/11/18 at 10:30am-1:30pm 

The Business of Freelance Proofreading

Class/Workshop, Education
Learn insider secrets on how to become a successful freelance proofreader working from home, even without previous training or experience. Students will learn how to find possible gigs proofreading everything from blog articles to novels. Discover the ins and outs of networking and marketing, both online and in-person. Potential sources of work and suggested rates will be provided. For all levels. Sign up for both proofreading classes (The Basics of Proofreading and the Business of Freelance Proofreading) for $50.
writing;editing;freelance
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $30
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/business-freelance-proofreading/
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 • Sat 8/18/18 at 12:15pm-1:45pm 

The Basics of Proofreading

Class/Workshop, Education
The art and science of proofreading is more than just running spell check, catching typos, and fixing grammar errors. A proofreader’s main responsibility is to ensure the written work reviewed is 100 percent correct; this includes looking for consistency in style, fact checking, and at times checking against a style guide. We will discuss editing vs. proofreading, the necessary skills to succeed as a proofreader, essential style manuals, important computer programs, and other helpful resources. For all levels. Sign up for both proofreading classes (The Basics of Proofreading and the Business of Freelance Proofreading) for $50.
writing;editing;freelance
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $30
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/the-basics-of-proofreading/
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 • Sat 8/18/18 at 10:30am-12pm 

Contest Reading

Signing/Readings
Join us for a reading by winners of the spring Next Great Writer Contest and the summer Flash Fiction Writing Contest. For information on the Flash Fiction contest, visit http://carnegiecenterlex.org/writing-contests/.
reading;book reading;writing;writing contest
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/writing-contests/.
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 • Tue 8/28/18 at 6pm-7pm 

Family Fun & Learning Night: Fall Festival

Children, For the Family, Education
Celebrate the arrival of autumn by painting mini pumpkins, drinking apple cider, and other fall-related activities! Registration is required for all Family Fun & Learning Nights. Family Fun & Learnings Nights are free; dinner is provided and a free book is given away to every child. Only for families with children ages 3-12.
youth;children;crafts;family;education
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Ages: Families with children 3-12.
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/youth-family-class/fall-festival/
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 • Wed 9/19/18 at 5pm-7pm 

Family Fun & Learning Night: Celebrate Culture

Children, For the Family, Education
Grab your passport and join us as we celebrate cultural traditions from around the world! Registration is required for all Family Fun & Learning Nights. Family Fun & Learnings Nights are free; dinner is provided and a free book is given away to every child. Only for families with children ages 3-12.
youth;children;family;activties;education;crafts;culture
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Ages: Families with children 3-12.
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/youth-family-class/celebrate-culture/
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Schedule
 • Wed 11/14/18 at 5pm-7pm