Writespace Workshop: writing about and with music

On May 13, I’ll be leading a gentle, all-generative workshop on writing about and with music. Full details below. Register here!

TIME: Saturday, May 13, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST/CDT

PRICE: Early bird price: $45 for members, $60 for nonmembers. The deadline for early bird pricing is Sunday, May 7. After Sunday, May 7: $55 for members, $70 for nonmembers. Become a member here. Apply for a scholarship here.

LOCATION: Online via Zoom

LEVEL: All Levels

CAP: 15

Is your main character a musician? Want to write about a piece of music you heard but aren’t sure what the right words are to describe it? Are you looking for music to accompany your writing as you do work in a particular genre?

In this gentle generative workshop, we’ll focus on writing with and about music. We’ll cover some basic terminology for writing about different genres and kinds of music, including instruments, voice types, and ensembles; the building blocks of music, like melody and harmony; and listen to and practice writing about several different pieces of music from a wide range of musical traditions.

We’ll discuss good sources to help you write more accurately about music, and how to do research on music and musicians for our writing projects. Then we’ll turn to using music in the background as we write. We will discuss how to find music that inspires your work or helps keep you in the right mood for what you’re working on. There’ll be a lot of time for writing and a lot of time for asking questions, sharing musical inspirations, and getting feedback and guidance on your work.

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