Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2024 Summer Workshops

Patty Larkin Lyric: A Songwriting Workshop August 5 to August 10, 2018 Tuition: $600 Workshop: 9am-Noon Discipline: Songwriting OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available

This workshop is part of our 3rd Annual Poetry Festival.

“Lyric” is a workshop for wordsmiths and songwriters who want to explore the sound of words using song templates and poetry for inspiration and illumination. We’ll cover song structure, literary tools, and basic elements of songwriting for any level of writer. So whether you’ve just wrapped up your latest album, or you haven’t written a song since you were 3 years old, setting words to music is an ancient art form that resonates across all genres and cultures, a touchstone for the personal as well as the universal. Bring an instrument if you play one, but more importantly, bring your voice to share. “Joy is the aim.” (Mary Margaret O’Hara, “A Year In Song”)


Patty Larkin is a singer songwriter who studied English Literature in Oregon and Jazz in Boston, and feels she has learned something from every song she has ever heard. Patty has released 14 albums, most recently Bird In A Cage, a collection of poets' work set to song. She continues to tour the US and Canada, and holds an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music. Her songs have been used in film and TV and covered by various artists.