Gene Osborn's Songwriting Class will begin Monday, April 4.
When did you first feel like a writer?
I started to identify as a writer in high school. Initially I was far more concerned with being seen by my classmates as I sat alone in the courtyard writing feverishly. I soon realized that this was not just social theater, but rather an amazing and liberating outlet for my emotions and perspectives. As I developed musically it felt natural to put poems to melodies. Nothing feels better than writing, recording and having someone I've never met sing along to song I've written. This, more than anything, makes me feel like a writer.
What’s your philosophy about teaching a writing class?
I feel the teacher's role in a writing class is to help individuals identify their strengths and to facilitate growth based on personal goals. There are no experts in the modern classroom. Through experiential writing activities and micro lessons we'll discover the new sounds and perspectives that reflect our self, soul and community.
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Is Sergeant Pepper fictional? I would love to meet him and the members of his Heart’s Club Band. That would be a real treat. I would also like to meet Billy Jean from the Thriller album. I bet she’s very cool.