Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Young Women Writers Project Call for Applications

Love to write?

Join us for the

Young Women Writers Program 2009-2010

The Carnegie Center invites young women in grades 9-12 to apply to the Young Women Writers Program, a FREE series of intensive workshops focused on self-expression through writing. Those admitted to the program will receive full scholarships covering all instruction and materials as well as lunch at each session. Five sessions, held on consecutive Saturdays during January and February 2010, will incorporate creative writing exercises in flash fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry and young adult fiction. The selected participants will gather for five 4-hour workshops taught by experienced writers with expertise in a variety of fields and genres. The Young Women Writers Workshop is offered by the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning and is funded in part by the Kentucky Foundation for Women.


January 30: (9-1 pm) cultivating imagery, “Beneath the Door in the Floor”: The Hidden Witnesses in our Writing, led by Bianca Spriggs

February 6: (10-2 pm) flash fiction, “Slowing down to draw whip-lash fast stories from the magic in our hurried lives,” led by Sarah V. Combs

February 13: (10-2 pm) memoir, “Finding the Thread,” led by Hannah LeGris

February 20: (10-2 pm) poetry, “Nice Hat. Thanks:” The Poetry of Collaboration, led by Emma Bolden

February 27: (10-2 pm) YA fiction, Voice, Plot, and Dialogue, led by Bethany Griffin

All sessions, including a catered lunch, will take place at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington. The Center is located downtown at 251 West Second Street in Gratz Park. Participants must commit to attending at least four of the five workshops; attendance at all five sessions is desired, and participant availability and commitment will be considered as applications are reviewed.


In spring 2009, the young women will be directed in a public performance to showcase their individual and collective writing talents. The performance is scheduled during Downtown Gallery Hop on Friday, April 16 at 5:30 pm. All participants will receive a $50 stipend for their performance and will be invited to read once more during the 2010 Kentucky Women Writers Conference in the fall.


To be considered for the Young Women Writers Program, please submit a cover sheet (can be requested from the center) and a letter stating your interest and motivations for participation. Additionally, a writing sample (no more than 5 pages long) should be attached to this letter. A creative writing piece is suggested. Information should be mailed or brought to the Carnegie Center by January 15. Selection will be limited to 15 participants.

Send cover sheet, letter of interest, and writing sample to

Young Women Writers Program 2009-2010

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

251 West Second Street

Lexington, KY 40507

For more information, contact us at: (859) 254-4175 or



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