Description of Class
That song that’s in your head – the one that is sticking with you because of its melody or key lines – is a lot like a short, well-crafted essay. A song’s intro or hook, pre-chorus, verse, chorus, refrain, bridge and outro mixed with the elements of essay – scene, detail, language, pacing, storyline, voice and theme – can provide structures for powerful personal essays.
Music and essay share the knack of saying a lot with very little. There are seven notes in music’s language arsenal and but millions of key signatures, chords, melodies, rhythms and harmonies. The same is true for what writers can do with the 26 letters in our alphabet.
In this single-session class, we’ll look at songs that illustrate this song-essay link well and talk about ways they can offer fresh architectural blueprints for your essays under construction. Essayist and memoirist Ellen Blum Barish will guide participants through the elements of song that translate well to essay and can make essays more passionate and poignant. This class will include close readings – and listening – of song and essays, a craft discussion, and Q & A.Top