Song Stories: Turning Life into Lyrics

Dates: 6 Tuesdays, September 17 - October 29 (No class 10/8)
Time: 7 pm - 9:30 pm 
Instructor: Zoe FitzGerald Carter
Ages: Adult 
Genre: Songwriting
Price: $355

This six-week class is for both beginning and seasoned musicians interested in generating and finessing original “song stories” in a collaborative, supportive environment. The class will be largely generative – we'll use prompts and exercises to get the words and ideas flowing.


You will have a chance to bring in a song based on material you’ve generated for gentle feedback and critique. (You can either record your song at home or perform it live for the class, depending on their instrumentation.) For those who do not sing or play an instrument, lyrics can be considered solely on the page. 


Finally, you will be paired in a fun, collaborative exercise that should result in a second completed song. This class will also cover basic copywriting issues, explore the pros and cons of co-writing, and study some of the songwriting masters, from Bob Dylan to Jason Isbell.  


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Zoe FitzGerald Carter is the author of the memoir Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go (Simon & Schuster).


Zoe performs with local writer/rocker band, The Deadliners, and Dylan tribute band, Rolling Thunder, but her primary band is Sugartown, an Americana/roots band that performs her original songs. Their first CD, Waiting for the Earthquake, was released last year and can be found on all the usual streaming platforms and at

More about Zoe:

1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B

Berkeley, CA 94709


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