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

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing will host its fourth annual Music and Writing Workshop, Saturday, Nov. 20, on the FSU campus. 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.

Jennifer Merrifield will present “Music as Muse,” exploring the musicality of language. She will discuss how people are already in tune with the rhythm of sentence and rhymes and the sounds of words, and ask writers to consider the music they love as inspiration, regardless of the genre.

Dennis Hinrichsen 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. Hinrichsen 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. Those with music but no songs or lyrics are also welcome to contribute.

Gerry LaFemina’s workshop includes those who may not be musicians or creative writers. His talk is called “Scene and ’Zine,” and his intent is to create a Western Maryland music ’zine. LaFemina will focus on review writing, interviewing bands and other aspects of ’zine creation.

Merrifield is a poet who teaches creative writing, literature and composition at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Her collection of poems, “American Proper,” was released in 2008. Hinrichsen is author of five books of poetry. His most recent is “Kurosawa’s Dog,” winner of the 2008 FIELD Poetry Prize. He teaches creative writing and lyric writing at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Mich. LaFemina is a poet, fiction writer and musician whose most recent book is “Wish List: Stories.” He teaches at FSU and directs the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing.

To register for the workshop, contact the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at 301-687-4340 or

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or

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