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FSU and the Allegany Arts Council Present “Writing & Music” Workshop Series

Frostburg State University’s Department of English, the Center for Creative Writing and the Allegany Arts Council will host the workshop series “Writing & Music, Music & Writing” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in Tawes Hall.

Speakers will present a variety of topics that explore how music and writing relate to and inform one another. Sean Thomas Dougherty will present “Music as Muse”; Sally Stephenson, “Business Writing for Musicians”; Gerry LaFemina, “Lyric Writing”; and Beth Staley, “Music Review.”

Dougherty’s “Music as Muse” workshop 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. Participants will learn to exploit poetic techniques to create rhythmically inventive works.

Stephenson’s “Business Writing for Musicians” workshop addresses ways to handle press releases, promotional materials, CD liner notes, copyrights and press kits. Participants are encouraged to bring music samples and their current promotional materials.

LaFemina’s “Lyrical Writing” workshop analyzes successful songs’ lyrics and their relationship to melody and to the audience. Songwriters are encouraged to bring lyrics-in-progress, melodies without lyrics or whole songs and their instruments to the workshop.

Staley’s “Music Review” workshop stresses objective critiquing of live performances and albums as well as analysis of writing styles, audience concerns, event details and performance nuances based on musical genre. Staley will also discuss the album as a whole, including cover design, title, song order and appeal. Participants should bring a complete commercial album (please, no burned CDs without covers or liner notes) as well as a biography of the artist or band.

The application deadline is Thursday, Nov 16, and can be filled out in person at the Center for Creative Writing in Tawes 215 or by emailing Please include your name, address and which workshop you would like to attend.

The cost of the workshop is $25 for students and $50 for non-students.

For more information about the workshop series, contact LaFemina at (301) 687-4024. 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, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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