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Miscellaneous news and writing by Bob Franke, mostly about songs as a portable art form, and the process of creating them and enabling them to do their work in the world.

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from Bob Franke began his career as a singer-songwriter in 1965 while a student at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation in 1969 with an A.B. in English Literature, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has since made New England his home. Bob has appeared in concert at coffeehouses, colleges, festivals, bars, streets, homes and churches in 33 states, four Canadian provinces and England.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Fall/Winter songwriting workshop and Joan Sherman's "Getting the Gig" workshop in Peabody, MA

Due to popular demand, Joan Sherman and I are opening our living room in
Peabody, MA to two workshop series starting on Wednesday, November 9.
Joan will present her oft-requested class "Getting the Gig." Whether you
are looking to play gigs around your neighborhood or across the country,
the skills and knowledge required are the same. In her five-week
course, Joan will take you through defining and marketing yourself,
resources for finding venues, how to approach and work with presenters,
how to build relationships and, finally, how to land that contract.
Joan's "Getting the Gig" workshop will be held on Wednesday evenings,
Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, beginning at 7:30 pm.

I will offer my "Songwriting from the Center" workshop on Thursday
evenings during the same period. The workshop begins with a lecture on
the many resources available to songwriters and continues with
individually crafted songwriting assignments designed to teach the
nuts-and-bolts issues of putting together effective and appealing songs.
The assignments will form the basis of new songs that will be shared in
a respectful and constructive group critique. I have been teaching this
workshop across the US and Canada for over 20 years; my job will be, as
it always has been, to create a safe environment in which songwriters
can grow and learn. "Songwriting from the Center" will occur on Nov. 10,
Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, and Dec. 15, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Cost for each series will be $200 payable at the first session. For
those opting to take both series, we will offer both for $300, a savings
of $100.

Those interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should email
Joan at We anticipate that these workshops will fill up
quickly, so take a look at your calendar and get in touch as soon as you


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