Workshop: Poetry & Song: A Creative Writing Seminar for Songwriters and Composers, Benjamin Hackman of The Holy Gasp

Poetry & Song is a creative writing seminar specifically geared towards helping songwriters and composers better develop their lyrics. In this 4-hour seminar, participants can expect to be exposed to those fundamentals of poetry which prove most useful to the construction of lyrics for music.

A detailed examination of the functions and effects of metaphor will highlight some of the common ways in which poorly incorporated metaphors can ruin a lyric and render it cliche or uninteresting. We will also strive to understand where the rhythms of music and the rhythms of words intersect, and where they conflict.


We will explore several ways of testing the effectiveness of a lyric, and strive to develop methods for problem-solving ineffective lyrics ourselves.

This seminar is ideal for any songwriter and/or composer interested in improving their craft as a lyricist, and eager to apply some basic literary theory to their musical discipline. All ages, races, ability levels, and lifestyles are welcome. This will be a non-discriminatory seminar.

The seminar will run from 4:00-8:00 on Sunday, November 30, with a 20 minute break in the middle. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Location TBD (Bloor and Spadina area)

The cost of the seminar is $100. Space is limited. Payment reserves your spot. A limited amount of spots are available at a sliding scale.

For questions about the seminar, or to book your spot, contact hackman(dot)benjamin(at)gmail.com, or visit the Facebook event page for information: https://www.facebook.com/events/371885576311019/?pnref=story