North Carolina Veterans Songwriting WorkshopVisit Website
Phone: (252) 473-5558
Time: 8:00 AM
The North Carolina Veterans Songwriting Workshop will be held Saturday
May 4 and Sunday May 5 on the Outer Banks of NC. Part of Dare County Arts
Council's Veterans Arts Program, the workshop will be led by *Ron Capps of
the Veterans Writing Project. The classes will include instruction, time to practice what we’ve learned, and
an opportunity to share work among the group and get feedback. We will
talk about melody, harmony, and song structure; lyric structures, meter, and
metaphor. The instructors and mentors leading the class will be a mix of veterans and
non-veterans but all are experienced songwriters, professional musicians,
and teachers. Participants should be able to play basic chords on an instrument. You are
encouraged to bring your instrument to the workshop.
The workshop is open to Veterans, active-duty military and their families. Those
interested in participating can register at https://www.darearts.org/veterans or
by calling Dare County Arts Council at (252) 473-5558.
Tuition to the workshop is fully funded by a generous grant from North Carolina
Arts Council - there is no tuition charge for participating in the workshop.
Both days of instruction will take place at the band rehearsal room at First
Flight High School, 100 Veterans Dr, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948. Plan on
arriving Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5 between 8:00 am and 9:00 am
for coffee and a light breakfast. Class will run both days from 9:00 am to
4:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days, free of charge.
Upon registration, you will receive a welcome email with information and
directions to the school, where to park, where to meet our instructor and
volunteers, etc. We will also have a list of local hotels on the Outer Banks
who will be offering discounts on rooms.
*Ron Capps is an award-winning nonfiction writer. He received his BA in English from Old Dominion University, a Master of Liberal Arts as he was leaving the Army, and his MA in Writing at Johns Hopkins University with a dual concentration in Fiction and Non-Fiction. He is a contributor to national magazines and other print media, including Time Magazine, Foreign Policy, New York Times, and the journal JMWW, as well as a consultant to BBC World Service and NPR’s All Things Considered.
In 2011, he published a textbook, Writing War: A Guide To Telling Your Own Story, that provides the core curriculum for the intensive 2-day VWP writing workshop that is presented at facilities around the country. Most recently he published a memoir, Seriously Not All Right, which describes his own ongoing battle with PTSD and depression. In addition, Ron serves as editor for the quarterly print literary journal, O-Dark Thirty, which contains selections written by participants in Veterans Writing Project workshops.