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“In 2016, when Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his song lyrics, it signaled to the world that great lyrics can be literary high art as much as any non-rhyming poem,” says instructor Alison Luterman.

In this 3-week class, we’ll look at the similarities and differences between poetry and lyrics. We’ll read examples of both genres, try our hands at creating lyrics out of poems, and vice versa. We’ll talk about the joys and challenges of rhyme—perfect rhyme, off-rhyme, end rhyme and internal rhyme—and discuss common song forms such as ballads, anthems, hip hop and the blues.

Alison says, “You do not need to be a musician to participate in this class, or have any previous experience in songwriting or poetry. We will be doing generative writing exercises in class and sharing our discoveries with the group. Mostly we will be having fun!”


About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



    Alison Luterman has been shamelessly telling tales from her own life ever since she could grip a sweaty pencil. She has published essays in The Sun, Modern Love, L.A. Review, Radiance, Response, The East Bay Express, The Boston Phoenix and Salon. She has also written an e-book of essays entitled Feral City, about midlife domestication, remarriage, and second chances (available from SheBooks). Alison is also the author of three books of poetry: The Largest Possible LifeSee How We Almost Fly, and Desire Zoo. Last but not least, she writes plays, including Saying Kaddish With My Sister, Glitter and Spew, and a musical, The Chain.

  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, July 22, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, July 29, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, August 05, 6:30pm-9:00pm


Fri, July 23 @ 1:30 am PDT
Fri, August 6 @ 4:00 am PDT
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Online (Synchronous)
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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