The Songbird Meets the Storyteller: Unlocking the Lyric Narrative Within – Spring 2023

Typically, we label poems as either lyric or narrative: there are poems that tell stories from our lives and there are poems that sing the songs of the self. What if you can have it both ways? What if the songbird can spin a yarn while trilling its song? We will examine what it means when we call a poem lyrical versus narrative and how poets through the ages have merged these two forms into a new form, lyric-narrative, that will broaden your understanding of poetry as well as the possibilities of your own poetry.

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum is the author of three collections of poetry, a professional editor, Assistant Director of the Owsley Fork Writers Sanctuary in Berea, KY, and lead instructor of creative writing at Colorado Community College. Learn more at

This class is suitable for all levels.

Cancellation Policy:

The Carnegie Center reserves the right to cancel a class if minimum enrollment is not met. It is best to register early to help our instructors prepare and to ensure the class does not get cancelled. We evaluate registration numbers between 6 and 2 business days before a class starts to decide whether we can hold the class. Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment may be cancelled a minimum of two business days prior to the first class meeting. All participants will be notified by email and will receive full refunds.

Start Date
Saturday, April 22nd
One time
April 22nd - April 22nd
10:30am - 12:30pm

Andrew McFadyenKetchum

Carnegie Center
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