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The Frostburg Center for Creative Writing's annual Music and Writing Workshop will be held November 16th, 2013 at the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at 22 E. Main St. downtown Frostburg, MD. 21532. The annual workshop will host two creative writing teachers, Doug Van Gundy and Corey Oglesby teaching two professional writing and music workshop classes.
Doug Van Gundy, an esteemed poet and professor from West Virginia Wesleyan College will be teaching Music as Muse. The Music as Muse workshop is designed to increase the musicality of both prose (fiction and nonfiction) and poetry by engaging both the music of language and the music the students love. Participants will then produce short exercises and share new work. Doug Van Gundy poems and essays have appeared in many journals, including The Oxford American, Ecotone, Poems & Plays and The Louisville Review. His first book of poems, A Life Above Water is published by Red Hen Press. Doug teaches in the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College where he also directs the undergraduate Honors program. He also serves as Poetry Editor-at-Large for Connotation Press. A graduate of the Goddard College MFA program, Doug has been a visiting poet at Lynchburg College, Randolph Macon College, Barton College, Coastal Carolina University and Davis & Elkins College, and was an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. In addition to writing and teaching, Doug is an award-winning old-time musician whose music has been featured on three CDs, several short films, and National Public Radio's Mountain Stage. He plays fiddle, guitar and mandolin in the duo, Born Old.
Local writer and musician, Corey Oglesby, an undergraduate in the Creative Writing Program at Frostburg State University, will teach the workshop on Lyric Writing. He has had poetry published in The Broadkill Review, with additional work soon to be published in The Backbone Mountain Review and Kestrel. He lives in Frostburg, MD with his cat, Moses. The Lyric Writing Workshop is designed to introduce students to song writing techniques. Students will explore what makes lyrics stand out and what the relationship between word and music discovers. Students will be listening to some successful songs of a variety of different genres to get a sense of how songs work. Songwriters are encouraged to bring lyrics-in-progress if they have them.
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