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Songwriting Workshop

August 2, 2021 @ EST 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Member Price: $215
SummerWrite Week 4
August 2 – 6
5 sessions, 4 hours with lunch 12 pm-1 pm
Ages: Teen
Deadline to Register: July 26, 11:59 pm
Instructor: Sean Jefferson & Anderson “Poetically Undefined” Allen

Is a tune constantly playing in your head? Are you always listening to music? Do you wish you could write your own songs, like your favorite artists? At SummerWrite you can! Professional songwriters, musicians, and poets will lead you through the creative process of writing your own song. You will participate in poetry and songwriting workshops, learning to turn poetry into lyrics, and guest musicians and songwriters will enhance your experience. By the end of three days, each student will have at least one set of polished lyrics. The final two days will be spent putting your lyrics to music, rehearsing, and recording. No previous experience with music is necessary. Accommodations will be made for writers who are not singers.


Sean Jefferson is a drummer/composer/producer and a full-time member of the grammy-nominated soul-jazz outfit Paradigm Shift. He also works as a film composer and has debuted work on several films featured in international film festivals. He has performed and recorded with many world-class and Grammy Award-winning artists and worked as a songwriter and producer, preparing demos, EPs, and full-length album releases. Sean is the founder and director of Rochester Contemporary School of Music, where he also serves as the drum instructor.

Anderson “Poetically Undefined” Allen is a spoken wordsmith, slam poet, actor, mentor, and teaching artist based in Rochester, NY. He launched his career as a professional writer and performer in 2014 after participating in an open mic hosted by Rochester’s only adult poetry slam team, Roc Bottom Slam Team (RBS), where he later served as Creative Director. He is the co-author of several productions, including the critically acclaimed Anatomy of a Black Man and 12 Dollars, featured at Keybank Rochester Fringe Festival. Anderson’s honors include a 2018 Big Pencil Award for inspiring the creation and appreciation of literature as a teacher of youth, a 2018 ESTA Festival Outstanding Actor Award, and a TANYS Award for outstanding acting. He is Artist-in-Residence at The Avenue Blackbox Theatre. As a teaching artist, Anderson uses his craft as a tool to build community and enrich the lives of young people so they are encouraged to use their art as a form of resistance and radical self-love.



Workshops are conducted EST via Zoom, a virtual platform that allows you to participate in exercises and contribute to group conversation. To participate, please register by the deadline using the ticket portal below, or go to Scholarships. Zoom links are emailed to registered participants.

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August 2, 2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Classroom
NY United States
If you would like to make a request for any accommodation, please email us at accommodation@wab.org at least 10 days prior to the event or workshop.

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