Center for Creative Writing: Music and Writing Workshop

FSU’s Center for Creative Writing to Host Music and Writing Workshop

Frostburg State University’s Center for Creative Writing, in conjunction with the Allegany Arts Council, will host its second Music and Writing Workshop on Saturday, April 20, from noon to 4:30 p.m. in rooms 108, 109 and 110 of Pullen Hall on the FSU campus. The program is for musicians who write, creative writers who love music and music lovers who want to write music reviews. It will provide students with the skills necessary to write about their own music or the music they love, and it will consist of three workshops led by writer-teachers George Guida, Mary Edwards and Gerry LaFemina. The program is free and open to the public.

Guida, a poet and associate professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, will lead the “Music as Muse” workshop. The workshop is designed to increase the musicality of prose and poetry by engaging students with the music of language and the music they love. Participants will produce short exercises and share new work.

Edwards, a singer-songwriter, will lead the “Lyric Writing” workshop, which will introduce students to song-writing techniques. The workshop will explore what makes lyrics stand out and the relationships between words and music, and participants will listen to successful songs from various genres. If they have them, songwriters are encouraged to bring their work-in-progress lyrics.

LaFemina, an associate professor at FSU and director of the Center for Creative Writing, will lead the “Music and Writing” workshop. The workshop will examine how music is written about critically, practically and as inspiration. Participants will learn how to develop a band’s profile and write album and performance reviews, among other skills. They will be encouraged to help promote the musical diversity of the region.

For more information, contact the Center for Creative Writing at or 301-687-4340.

Saturday, April 20, 2013 to 4:30pm

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