Saturday, April 11, 2015

With a Song in our Hearts...

This is just too fun not to share. Coursera is offering a songwriting course starting April 20 through Berklee College of Music. Absolutely free. Free as in beer, not as in kittens. It's what's known as a MOOC -- a Massive Open Online Course. MOOCs are college-level courses offered by top universities that you can access at no cost from your computer. Want to learn more about MOOCs? Watch this half-hour video from the Wyoming State Library.

...and a Bit of Poetry for National Poetry Month
WyoPoets will accept registrations at the door for its annual workshop in Casper on April 17-18. Come Friday night, April 17, for the free poetry reading at Natrona County Public Library, 307 E. 2nd St., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. On Saturday, $55 gets you two great sessions from Western Wyoming instructor Rick Kempa, and includes lunch and admission to Fort Caspar Museum. Location: Fort Caspar Museum, 4001 Fort Caspar Rd. Learn more and download the brochure from WyoPoets.

In other news:

Owen Wister Review has extended its submission deadline until April 15 so there is still time to get your short stories, essays, poetry and artwork in.

Wyoming Writers Inc. is calling for nominations for its major awards until April 30. Nominations must come from Wyoming Writers members. (Join here!) Awards that will be presented at WW Inc.'s 2015 conference in Cheyenne, June 5-7, are:

  • The Emmie Mygatt Award for exemplary service to Wyoming Writers, Inc.
  • The Arizola Magnenat Award for special encouragement to writers. 
  • The Western Horizon Award for an author's first major publication. 
  • The Milestone Award for ongoing achievements in a writer's career. 
For more information, visit the website. Send your nominations to Mike Carlson at: or 7914 Surrey Road, Cheyenne, WY 82009. Nominations by mail must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2015. Any questions, please call Mike at 307-760-0505.

April 30 is also the postmark deadline to apply for a Wyoming Writers Conference Scholarship to defray the cost of attendance. Learn more on the website, or contact Mike Carlson at or 307-760-0505 with any questions.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the info! I took a songwriting course once, and it was a blast.


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