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Frostburg State University Will Host Writing and Music Workshop

Frostburg State University’s Department of English, the Center for Creative Writing and the Allegany Arts Council will sponsor the third annual Writing and Music Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 15, from noon until 4:30 p.m. in the Lane University Center. The program is designed to bring musicians and writers together for an afternoon of creative exploration. Participants may choose to work in one of four seminars.

Music as Muse, taught by George Guida, is designed to increase the level of musical techniques in both prose (fiction and non-fiction) and poetry by choreographing the sentence as a unit of rhythm, by exploring the potential meanings in syntax, and by exploiting poetic techniques to create structures near chant and song.

Critical Writing about Music, taught by Jack DuBose, will address the “other side” of writing for musicians. Participants will look at a variety of examples and try their hands at writing band profiles, album and performance reviews and more. Gerry LaFemina will present Lyric Writing. This workshop will address what makes some lyrics stand out and their relationship to the melody, the music and the audience. Songwriters are encouraged to bring lyrics-in-progress or whole songs they feel aren’t coming together, along with their instruments, in order to work on the art of song lyric writing.

Song and Structure will be taught by Kenny Tompkins. Students will focus on the structure of the song and eventually make their way to the integration of lyrics into the music.

The cost of the workshop is $25. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 12, and payment is due in full at the time of registration. Applications may be picked up at in Tawes Hall Room 218, or online at

For more information, contact Gerry Lafemina at 301-687-4024 or

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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