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Writing About Music

with Chris L. Terry

Two Saturdays
11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific)
March 16 and 23, 2019

Is writing about music like dancing about architecture? Let’s find out! Whether you’re writing a musician character, a story inspired by a song, an essay about the impact of music on culture (or vice versa), or a review of an album or a musician’s memoir, great things happen when literature and music meet. In this two-day online seminar, we will look at various models of music writing and students will write and share two new original pieces: one short essay and one piece of fiction, review, journalism, or a hybrid of these forms.

This class is open to students of all levels and will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details closer to the date of the class.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 for new students; $120 for returning students

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Chris L. Terry’s debut novel Zero Fade was on Best of 2013 lists by Slate.com and Kirkus Reviews, who called it "original, hilarious, thought-provoking, and wicked smart . . .not to be missed." His novel Black Card, about a mixed-race punk musician with a black imaginary friend, is forthcoming from Catapult in 2019. Terry’s work has appeared in Best Small Fictions 2015, PANK, Very Smart Brothas, Apogee, Razorcake, and more. He has taught and created curriculum for PEN America Los Angeles and was a Lead Teaching Artist for assorted Chicago-based writing programs.


"Kevin Phifer, 13, a black seventh-grader in 1990s Richmond, Va., and hero of this sparkling debut, belongs in the front ranks of fiction’s hormone-addled, angst-ridden adolescents, from Holden Caulfield to the teenage Harry Potter [. . .] Original, hilarious, thought-provoking and wicked smart: not to be missed. —Kirkus Reviews

"Chris Terry is a wise and hilarious writer. He has bestowed Kevin, the hero of Zero Fade, with an especially acute case of teenage angst, and the results are sweet, painful and very recognizable to anyone who has survived seventh grade. This is a wonderful book." —Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

"Zero Fade is a damn fine read with a resounding message that never preaches, but instead talks to you across the table like a friend and ally. Highly recommended. Chris L. Terry is an author to keep an eye on." —Razorcake