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The Almighty Ballad: How to Write in Verse's Most Versatile Form
The Almighty Ballad: How to Write in Verse's Most Versatile Form

The Almighty Ballad: How to Write in Verse's Most Versatile Form

with Brian Laidlaw

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Location

Oct 19, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Moab Arts & Recreation Center, 111 E 100 N, Moab, UT 84532, USA

About

The ballad is one of the most versatile and iconic forms for both poetry and song lyrics; from nursery rhymes to old school raps, from Emily Dickinson to Leonard Cohen, for centuries the ballad stanza has served as an all-purpose container for wit and wisdom. This one-time workshop will cover the fundamentals of meter and rhyme, explore diverse examples of ballads across a variety of genres, and then guide participants through the process of writing a ballad (either poetic or musical) of their own.

About the Instructor: Brian Laidlaw is an author-songwriter who recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. He publishes books of poetry and creative nonfiction with Milkweed Editions. His newest album This Aster: Adaptations of Emile Nelligan, recorded with his folk band The Family Trade, was released on vinyl by Fonograf Editions last year. Brian lives in Moab, Utah, and moonlights - often literally - as a rock climber.

All materials are provided. 

Class will be held in the Dance room

Ages  14+

Class is limited to 18 students

Type

  • The Almighty Ballad

    This ticket is for one participant in the Almighty Ballad class on 7/6/2023.

    $20.00
    +$0.50 service fee
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