Ballad in a Day Workshop

Everyone has a song in them, but not everyone knows how to get it out. Hillside is proud to present this writing workshop to help teach you to do just that.

Guided by the award-winning songwriter, Doris Folkens, and Hillside's Marie Zimmerman, this course will help you:

  • Create effective song structure and rhyme scheme
  • Develop verses that build on each other
  • Write a memorable chorus
  • Choose a clear and compelling point of view
  • Emphasize emotion in the storyline
  • Work on succinctness and drama

Participants should come to class with an idea for a ballad, but no instruments are required. Stay tuned for Ballads Part II for instrumentation.

To register, please email [email protected] Registration is limited to 6 participants. $40 + HST. The workshop will take place at the Hillside offices at 341 Woolwich Street.

Doris Folkens studied songwriting with Berklee College of Music and is a 2017 recipient of Folk Music Ontario’s “Songs From the Heart” award. Her debut album, a collection of anecdotal folk songs, will be released in Winter 2018.

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