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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Soundtrack of Your Life: Essays About Music

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

We all seem to be moved by music, though our preference in genre varies. We use our favorite songs to get pumped up for competition; stay motivated through a workout; drown our sorrows after a heartbreak; accompany our wailing when we’ve had enough. There are songs that conjure slideshows of memories, making us remember people, places and moments that remain vivid years later.

How do we chronicle the way music moves and shapes us?

We will examine excerpts from authors like Hanif Abdurraqib, Nicole Shawan Junio, Kiese Laymon, Carina del Valle Schorske, Joy Priest, and Danielle Jackson. We will use these writings and other prompts to write pieces that incorporate the music that has moved through our lives.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!