Sunday, Apr 5 | 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

What makes you connect to a song in a vivid and emotional way? Whether you have a piece of original lyrics or a tune in your head, or just an idea for a title, there are lots of tools and techniques for growing your concept into a sharper and stronger song. Focusing on the lyrical aspects, we will examine the ways that prosody, assonance, rhyme, image, metaphor, structure, phrasing and melody are used to create and resolve tension to draw listeners into your story.

Andy Cooke has been studying the craft of writing songs for 45 years. He has written and recorded a number of original songs and often performs at small venues and festivals on Vancouver Island. He is the founder of South Island Songwriters and facilitates a monthly songwriting meeting.

14+ | $60

Students should bring: Pencil, a writing pad/ notebook, an instrument if they wish. Partially written songs or ideas are great but not necessary. A bagged lunch and water.