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Writing Workshops

Hearing the Music in Our Writing with Alison Mills Newman


3 Sessions

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Friday–Sunday April 19 to April 21, 2024

Online via Zoom

Meeting Times:
Friday 4/19: 6–8pm ET (Friday)
Saturday 4/20 & Sunday 4/21: 11am-1pm ET

In my life as a writer all of the different art forms I engage in inform me as a novelist and poet. For simplification they are 1. music as it relates to flow and rhythm, 2. acting as it helps in creating character definition, 3. playwriting as it relates to dialogue and drama, 4. painting and cinematography as it relates to the eye and description. In our three-day, class we will experiment and focus on these different tools to add to the writer’s creative awareness and toolbox.

Course Outline
  • Session I
    • Finding the rhythm in diverse writes/poets classic poets/ Shakespeare, Sara Teasdale, E.E. Cummings, Ezra Pound
    • African American poets: Langston Hughes,Nikki Giovanni, freestyle Common, Gwendolyn Brooks
    • Novelists /short stories: Jamel Brinkley, Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Session II
    • Listening to various styles of music and exploratory writing with the different genres as inspiration.
  • Session III
    • Looking, listening, tapping within. Exploring the various moods, motifs, musical rhythm. Finding each writers inner rhythm, putting it on paper. Applying the various musical genres as the artists listen within.
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    Alison Mills Newman

    Alison Mills Newman

    Alison Mills Newman is a former child star from the ’60s, a singer/songwriter and recording artist with Taj Mahal, and has opened for Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Weather Report with Joe Zavinul and Wayne Shorter, screenwriter, poet and award winning independent filmmaker and author of Maggie Three and the highly acclaimed Francisco.