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FSU Center for Creative Writing Hosts Fifth Annual Music and Writing Workshop

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing will host its fifth annual Music and Writing Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 5, between noon and 4:30 p.m. in FSU’s Dunkle Hall. The program features three seminars designed to focus on the intersection between the arts of music and writing. The program is free and open to the public, with priority registration for FSU and local students. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited in each workshop.

Gerry LaFemina will present “Music as Muse,” exploring the musicality of language. He will discuss how people are already in tune with the rhythm of sentences and rhymes and the sounds of words. He’ll ask writers to consider the music they love as inspiration, regardless of the genre. LaFemina is a poet, fiction writer and musician. His most recent book is “Vanishing Horizon” and he teaches at FSU as well as directs the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing.

Gina Powell will talk about “Lyric Writing.” During this seminar, participants will listen to successful songs in a variety of genres to get a sense of how the lyrics relate to melody, music and audience. Powell will discuss the process of writing new lyrics for existing or new music, and songwriters are encouraged to bring lyrics in progress or whole songs they feel aren't coming together, as well as their instruments, to work on the art of lyric writing. Participants who have music but no lyrics are encouraged to bring them, as Powell will also discuss process and come up with some prompts to write new lyrics for existing or new music. Powell is a singer/songwriter and graduated from FSU with a degree in theater in 2004, where she focused on acting and directing. She plays the guitar and the piano and started writing her own music in 2004. She released “Sincerely,” her first full length studio album in 2009.

Jeff Henry’s workshop includes those who may not be musicians or creative writers. His seminar is called “Scene and ’Zine,” and his intent is to create a Western Maryland music “zine.” Henry will focus on review writing, interviewing bands and other aspects of “zine” creation. Henry has been working in radio since 1994 and currently hosts a weekly show on 91.9 WFWM, FSU’s public radio station. He is also editor of The Appalachian Independent ( and a self-taught drummer.

For questions, information or registration, contact, or call FSU’s Center for Creative Writing at 301-687-4340 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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.

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