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Diamonds in the Rust Workshop - Spring 2023

DITR Hybrid Songwriting Workshop – Spring 2023


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  • All-access pass to the workshop presentations, open mic, mentor sessions, and IN-PERSON concert at Trinity House Theatre.
  • Dates are: Tuesday, March 28 - Friday, March 31
  • Workshops + Activities will take place in the evenings of Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30p - 10p (eastern)
  • The price includes your ticket to the In-person concert @ Trinity House Theatre

Overview of Schedule

  • Tuesday: 7pm - 10pm - Welcome, Song Assignment and Open Mic (Virtual)
  • Wednesday: 7pm - 9pm, Jan & Jim lead workshops (Virtual)
    9pm, Conversation, questions, writing time, free form break-outs
  • Thursday: 4p - 6pm One-on-One with Staff (Virtual)
    7pm - 8pm, Annie lead workshop (Virtual)
    8pm - 10pm, Conversation, questions, writing time, free form break-outs
  • Friday - In-Person Concert - Staff and Attendees play song assignments before a live audience at Trinity House Theatre in Livonia.  (Concert time is 8pm, we will gather starting at 5p)


lead by your hosts, Jan Krist, Jim Bizer and Annie Capps

Some songwriters believe in using perfect rhymes- the end, that’s it, that’s all, amen, while others swear by the power of imperfect rhymes and matching vowel sounds. However, you choose to rhyme, “it’s all good,” as long as it all works in the service of the muse.

Seems so simple, doesn’t it?

Still, sometimes rhyming can get in the way of what we truly wanted to say, as it strong-arms the direction of a lyric, or traps us into saying something we hadn’t planned to say.

In this workshop, we’ll examine the ways we use and form rhymes, the kinds of lyric traps we set for ourselves, and consider ways to build better rhymes through the chemistry and alchemy of wordplay.

Sometimes the most effective way of expressing something is not the most direct. Using roundabout ways of saying something can not only be fun but can cause a listener to be more receptive to the message or idea. Perspective can be altered and amplified. We’ll look at songs that do this and see how they work.

More often than not, the first impression of a song is not the words, but the melody and the music. A beautiful or interesting melody can move you even when the lyric is in another language. A boring melody can lose the listener even with best of lyrics. We’ll look at examples of both great melodies and discuss what makes them work. Along with melody, we’ll look at HOW you deliver a word or phrase can make all the difference. 

More details coming soon. Feel free to email us with any questions. Jan (, Jim (, Annie (