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It Could Be Verse: Introduction to Writing Poems and Song Lyrics with Tom Lips


This workshop is an Introduction to basic concepts in creating poems and song lyrics Students will get practical exposure to basics such as getting ideas, structure, rhythm, rhyme, similes, metaphors and revision The class will complete a facilitated poem or lyric together; in the longer version, students will have a chance to prepare a short poem or lyric of their own and share it if they wish

Grade Suitability4-12
Maximum Class Size20
Time Required2 hrs
Material RequiredPaper, pens, pencils
Language of InstructionEnglish

Tom Lips

Tom Lips has a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing poems, songs and stories for over 40 years. He has released four recordings of original songs, and his poems have appeared in The Fiddlehead, Descant, The Antigonish Review and other poetry magazines. He has contributed songs and song lyrics to several stage productions, and has performed as a singer-songwriter and storyteller in a variety of venues and festivals. Tom has led songwriting or storytelling workshops for the Canadian Authors Association, the Overbrook Community Association, Camp Au Grand Bois, and other organizations. He would like to share his writing experience and skills, and most of all the fun of creating poems and lyrics, with young people – to inspire and be inspired by them.

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