Music & Writing Workshop

Posted: October 21, 2011 by fsucenterforcreativewriting in Uncategorized

The Frostburg Center for Creative Writing is happy to announce its fifth annual Music and Writing Workshop, Saturday, November 5, 2011, on the campus of Frostburg State University from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m in Dunkle Hall.  The program features three seminars designed to focus on the intersection between the arts of music and writing.

     Music as Muse (with Gerry LaFemina):  Music as muse, prose as chord, poem as a form of drum? Possible? Definitely. Language is surely musical—we are all in tune with the rhythm of sentences and lines, and are keenly aware of the sounds of words.  This workshop asks us to tune our ear to the possibilities of musicality.  It also asks writers to consider the music they love as inspiration—whether it be lyrics or rhythm or melody..

     Lyric Writing (with Gina Powell):  Lyrics are an integral part of most songs-whether the singer croons or screams or drops rhymes. But what makes some lyrics stand out? And what is their relationship to melody? To the music? To the audience? We’ll be listening to some successful songs of a variety of genres, in order to get a sense of how songs work. Songwriters are encouraged to bring lyrics-in-process or whole songs they feel aren’t coming together, as well as their instruments, in order to work on the art of song lyric writing. If you have music but no songs-even better, as we’ll also discuss process and come up with some prompts to write new lyrics for existing or new music.

     Scene & ‘Zine -Writing About Music (with Jeff Henry): Not a musician or a creative writer?  Our love for music might go into other ways of approaching the two arts.  This workshop will look to create a Western Maryland music ‘zine, and will focus on review writing, interviewing bands, and other aspects of ‘zine creation.

The program is free and open to the public, with priority registration going to Frostburg State University and local students.  Sign up is on a first-come first-served basis, and space is limited in each workshop.  To register, contact the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at 301.687.4340 or at

Meet the Teachers:

Gerry LaFemina s a poet, fiction writer and musician. His most recent book is Vanishing Horizon.He
teaches at Frostburg State University, and directs the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing.

Gina Powell is a singer/ songwriter from deep creek lake, Maryland. She graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in Theater in 2004, where she focused in 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. She has been involved in such projects as The Distorted Penguins, The Beatstreet All-stars, and Gina Powell and the Electric Band. You can find her music on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Cdbaby, and can hear her live in Frostburg and the surrounding areas.

Jeff Henry has been working in radio since 1994 and currently hosts a weekly show on 91.9 WFWM, Frostburg State University’s public radio station. He is also editor of The Appalachian Independent ( and a self-taught drummer.


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