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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
This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We will 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 zenlike practice originated in Natalie Goldberg’s "Writing Down the Bones."
Freewriting;readings;criticism;Natalie Goldberg;writing;practice;writers;networking;workshop
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/free-writing-practice-winter/
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 • Fri 3/29/19 at 12pm-1:30pm 

Brown Bag Book Discussion

Class/Workshop, Education
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. Jan Isenhour, former Executive Director of the Carnegie Center, 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.
discussion;literature;women;women's literature;lunch;reading group;book club
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/brown-bag-book-discussion/
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 • Thu 3/28/19 at 12pm-1pm 

Writing Retreat

Class/Workshop, Education
Break through writing obstacles during this week-long 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 week’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 world-wide.
Novel;writing;retreat;writer
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $165
Event Website: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/writing-retreat/
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 • Mon 3/25/19 - Fri 3/29/19 at 10:30am-3pm 

Writers Meet-Up

Meeting, Social Event
If you love to write, come to the Carnegie Center to meet like-minded writers, find a writing group/critique partner, and/or mingle with instructors, mentors, published authors, and fellow students. Wine, refreshments, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. At 6:00 pm, you’ll have the option to participate in activities that will help you build a supportive writing network.
writing;community;networking;writers;readers;network
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/event/writers-meet-up/
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 • Tue 3/26/19 at 5:30pm-7pm 

Lunch & Learn: Improving Voter Turnout

Class/Workshop, Education
In the 2018 midterm election, voter turnout was at about 50%. Turnout in this fall's Kentucky gubernatorial election will probably be even lower. When half of the electorate doesn't show up, we have a major problem with our democracy. What can we do to fix this? Professor Josh Douglas of the University of Kentucky College of Law, will discuss his new book, Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting . He will describe the best practices used by democracy champions who are working in communities all over the country to improve the election process and bring more voters into the system. Bring your lunch if you'd like.
class;politics;voting;voters;citizenship;election
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: $20
Event Website: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/improving-voter-turnout/
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 • Wed 3/27/19 at 12pm-1:30pm 

Kentucky Great Writers Series: Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, Christopher P. Collins, Constance Merritt

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures
The Kentucky Great Writers Series connects readers to authors in an intimate setting. Please join us on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 for readings from Mary Ann Taylor-Hall’s Out of Nowhere: New and Selected Poems, Christopher P. Collins’ My American Night, and Constance Merritt’s Blind Girl Grunt: The Selected Blues and Other Poems. The event starts at 6:00 pm, with a 25-minute open-mic session to give the audience a chance to participate (3-minute limit per reader). At 6:30 the readings by featured authors will begin. After the author readings, the audience will have the opportunity to get books signed. Free admission. Locally-owned Brier Books will be on site to sell the Kentucky authors' books. Refreshments provided by Nate's Coffee.
author appearance;literature;reading
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/event/kentucky-great-writers-series/
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 • Tue 4/9/19 at 6pm-7:30pm 

Writing Critique Night

Talks/Lectures, Signing/Readings
Read a page of your work and receive feedback from a panel of authors, editors, and agents! Panel TBA. We will begin accepting submissions at 5:00 pm on the night of the event. Submissions to read will be selected at random. Please come prepared, as we will not be able to print your piece for you. You will have the option to read your own piece aloud or to have a reader read it aloud so it remains anonymous. If we your piece isn't read, you will still benefit from listening to the feedback of others' pieces. Free admission.
writing feedback;panel;creative writing;writers
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/event/writing-critique-night/
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 • Tue 5/7/19 at 5:30pm-7pm 

Fathers: Lost & Found

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures
Join authors Frank X Walker (Last Will, Last Testament) and Neil Chethik (FatherLoss), along with jazz pianist Harry Pickens, for a reading, conversation, and musical meditation on fathers. Whether present or absent, fathers shape the lives of their children in consequential ways. In his new book, Walker shares poetry from a year when he experienced both the death of his father and the birth of his son. Meanwhile, Chethik, whose 2001 book debuts this year as an ebook, shares scenes from families where the father is gone. All three artists seek answers to the perennial question: How can we be better fathers to our sons? Offered in cooperation with Lexington Leadership Foundation
writing;reading;fatherhood;fathers;Father's Day;lecture;writers;readers
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: carnegiecenterlex.org/event/fathers-lost-found/
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 • Tue 5/14/19 at 6pm-7:30pm 

Young Women Writers Project Reading

Talks/Lectures
Join us for a reading by the high school participants of the 2019 Young Women Writers Project. For information on the project, click here: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/youth-and-family/young-women-writers-project/
writing;youth;reading
Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Price: Free
Free
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 • Wed 5/15/19 at 5:30pm-7pm 

Kentucky Great Writers Series: Tiffany Reisz, David King, Sarah McCartt-Jackson

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures
The Kentucky Great Writers Series connects readers to authors in an intimate setting. Please join us on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 for readings from Tiffany Reisz’s The Lucky Ones, David King’s The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany, and Sarah McCartt-Jackson’s Stonelight. The event starts at 6:00 pm, with a 25-minute open-mic session to give the audience a chance to participate (3-minute limit per reader). At 6:30 the readings by featured authors will begin. After the author readings, the audience will have the opportunity to get books signed. Free admission. Locally-owned Brier Books will be on site to sell the Kentucky authors' books. Refreshments provided by Nate's Coffee.
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Event Info: (859) 254-4175
Event Website: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/event/kentucky-great-writers-series/
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 • Tue 5/21/19 at 6pm-7:30pm