In this workshop, we will study selected examples by such master contemporary songwriters as Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, and Sara Bareilles, among others, to get to the heart of lyricism -- the art and craft of composing words which are intended to be sung.
In class, we'll hone our listening skills, focusing on such key aspects as audience, narration, and phrasing, while also examining the crucial dynamic between songwriter and performer. Homework will include short readings and focused writing prompts, to amplify and extend the classroom experience. In addition, each workshop participant will have a 30-minute, 1:1 conference with the instructor, to review and receive coaching on his or her individual song lyrics project.
Formal music training is welcomed, but not required. If you are new to writing song lyrics, then you will have a supportive environment in which to get started. And if you are a songwriter, then you can expand and deepen your craft, while exploring marketing -- the business side of music. This workshop will help you evaluate approaches to lyricism and offer you fresh ideas for development and revision.
Instructor: Lisa Pertillar Brevard, all levels.
Location: Tinker Mountain Writers, Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia
Lisa Pertillar Brevard, Ph.D.
Songwriter/Publisher, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)