Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Negotiating Skills & Writers’ Rights. Taught by Milt Toby, vice president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Carnegie Center, 251 W. Second St., Lexington. $30.

Dec. 3, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Free Verse Poetry Workshop. A generative writing workshop guided by local poet and English professor Lana Dean Highfill. Includes a short educational segment on free verse, time to write, and time to critique each others’ work. Roar-Shack Books & Art, 2044 Frankfort Ave., Louisville. Pre-register, $35; at the door, $40.

Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Larkspur Press reading and book signing features four authors—Maurice Manning, Trina Peiffer, Frederick Smock, and Richard Taylor—with new books published by Larkspur Press. Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Ave., Louisville. Free.

Dec. 8, 7 p.m. InKY Reading, featuring Kiki Petrosino, author of the new poetry collection Witch Wife, and Kayla Rae Whitaker, author of the debut novel The Animators. The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd. Louisville. Open mic precedes featured readers.

Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. to noon. “Finding Your Sense of Voice” workshop for fiction and nonfiction writers, taught by Kayla Rae Whitaker. $30 for Louisville Literary Arts members, $40 for nonmembers. Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave., Suite 123, Louisville.

Jan. 7–Feb. 11, 1–3 p.m. “Finally Write Your Novel in Six Weeks” workshop presented by Louisville Literary Arts. Kayla Rae Whitaker will guide students through the process of beginning a novel. A public reading of student work is scheduled for Feb. 20, 6–8 p.m. $142 for LLA members; $190 for nonmembers. 21c Museum Hotel, 700 W. Main St., Louisville.

Jan. 8–March 12, noon–1:30 p.m. Writing Kids’ Books with Marcia Thornton Jones. Discussion, sharing, and writing exercises. Come with a work-in-progress or at least an idea for one. Carnegie Center, 251 W. Second St., Lexington. $117.

Jan. 17–March 21, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Fiction Writing Group with Sarah Combs. Hand-on writing exercises and discussions of contemporary fiction; explore voice, point of view, mood, and plot. Carnegie Center, 251 W. Second St., Lexington. $130.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning,

251 W. Second St., Lexington

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