This session is only open to teen writers. We’re offering this course at a discounted rate as part of the Porch’s ongoing commitment to provide low-cost writing enrichment for young people. If you are over 18 years old, please search for the adult version of this class.
The Porch is excited to partner with the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO), a volunteer community orchestra that brings free performances to a wide variety of audiences throughout the year. In this special one-day workshop, students will listen to excerpts from a piece of classical music that will be performed by the NPO in an upcoming concert. The instructor, Yurina Yoshikawa, will guide the students as they write down their sensory and emotional responses to the music. At the end, students will have the option to share these responses to be printed and displayed at the NPO concert venues. Students may also consent to sharing their work through the orchestra's social media and concert brochures. This class is designed for listeners and writers of all levels. No prior knowledge of classical music required!
The NPO concerts will take place on March 5 and 7, 2023.
Special note: There is currently a film crew making a documentary about the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, and there is a chance that the student and/or their written response might make an appearance in the final film (tentatively to be released Fall 2023). The instructor will have release agreements ready for parents and/or guardians to sign prior to the class.
Sports go hand in hand with storytelling, drama, and the unexpected. Sure, it’s fun to see the exceptional athleticism of a perfect swish or a thrilling touchdown run. But it’s never just about the game. Our hearts are engaged by the stories happening just below the surface. Come out to this interactive class and explore how to capture the magic of your favorite sport and put it down on the page.
J. F. Ewert is a creative writer and consultant. He’s the author of Blue Ice and Other Stories from the Rink, along with occasional essays and reviews. As a Canadian emigrant, he’s grateful for Nashville’s ice rinks. When he’s not writing or playing hockey, he’s supporting his sons as they delve into the worlds of baseball and soccer.