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Sad Songs

All Levels | What is it about sad songs that make us listen over and over? What are the words that evoke our own sadness and make us feel seen? In this craft class, we’ll break down the structures, movements, and lyrics of classic sad songs, using music as a door into literary discussions crucial to all genres: pattern and variation, and point of view, and the difference between sentimentality and sentiment. Students should come with a favorite sad song in mind; they’ll leave with a new understanding of some essential literary devices and the inspiration to use them when conveying feeling through language.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Gabrielle Bates & Paulette Perhach

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Winter 2021

Start Date: 02/13/2020

End Date: 02/13/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:10 pm – 4:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 20

$81.00 Member Price:
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Gabrielle Bates & Paulette Perhach

Gabrielle Bates is a poet from Birmingham, Alabama, currently living in Seattle, where she works for Open Books: A Poem Emporium and cohosts the podcast The Poet Salon. Her poems and poetry comics have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and the Best of the Net anthology, among other venues.

Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York Times, Elle, Vice, Slate, Inc., McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hobart, Vice, Yoga Journal, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Glamour, and The Stranger. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. In 2013, Hugo House selected her as a Made at Hugo House Fellow.

She received the 2016 BlogHer Voices of the Year award for her essay, “A Story of a Fuck Off Fund,” which is anthologized in The Future is Feminist from Chronicle Books, along with work by Roxane Gay, Mindy Kaling, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Caitlin Moran, and Audre Lorde.

A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she’s also won multiple Solas Awards for her travel writing.

In 2015 she created the Writer’s Welcome Kit, the online course sold through Hugo House, which includes a 55,000-word workbook, writer’s templates, and writer interviews. To date, more than 600 students have taken the course.

Her book, Welcome to the Writer's Life, was published by Sasquatch Books, part of the Penguin Random House publishing family, and was selected as one of Poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers.

She blogs about everything a writer needs to thrive – craft, personal finance, business skills, and joy – at WelcomeToTheWritersLife.com. The site also offers a newsletter with a year of daily writing prompts.

She keeps a casual podcast about creativity and money called Can We Talk About Money?

Learn more and read her work at PaulettePerhach.com.

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