Writing is Rewriting


…to the Writing is Rewriting Resource Center – your gateway to unlocking the full potential of your songwriting journey! We understand that honing your craft requires more than just passion; it demands access to valuable tools and guidance. This space will provide you with a wealth of resources aimed at enhancing your Draft 2 submission to the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge and nurturing your creativity. Whether you’re looking for module exercises to sharpen your techniques or seeking inspiration from our video tip library, the Resource Center is your one-stop destination for all things songwriting. Dive in, explore, and let your creativity soar to new heights!


Learning Modules Graphic

Dive into your own personal songwriting course, designed to sharpen your skills for Draft 2 submission and tailored to the feedback you received. Start with Tone & Style to give your songs emotional depth and a unique setting. Next, build strong characters with clear backgrounds and motives. Finally, unite music and lyrics to tell your story effectively. Use feedback from each module to refine your work, ensuring your next draft hits the right notes.


Module 1: Tone and Style Graphic Module 2: Character Graphic Module 3: Music and Lyrics Graphic

Module 1: Tone & Style

Tone is your ticket to conveying character emotions, and Style is about situating the audience into the world of your story. Through experimenting with different musical and lyrical styles, you will be able to hone the tone of your song and leave listeners inspired.

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Module 2: Character

Characters are the lenses through which we experience a story.

So what makes a strong character? Let’s dive into our characters’ background, objectives, given circumstances and relationships in order to make them as specific as possible.

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Module 3: Music & Lyrics

What makes for a powerful song? When the Music & Lyrics are telling the same story. Now that you have explored the Tone, Style and Characters of your song, you are ready to make tangible changes to strengthen your music and sharpen your lyrics to tell the story you want to tell.

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Welcome to the ultimate playlist of songwriting tips, presented by NAMT Festival & Grantee Alumni, designed exclusively for you. Whether you’re just starting your songwriting journey or looking to refine your skills, this playlist offers invaluable insights from some of the most successful and innovative songwriters in the industry. From crafting compelling lyrics and memorable melodies to understanding the importance of structure and the power of collaboration, these tips cover all aspects of the songwriting process. Each video is packed with practical advice, creative strategies, and inspirational stories to help you unleash your musical potential. Dive into this curated collection and start transforming your songwriting ideas into captivating songs that resonate with audiences everywhere.


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This page was last updated on 06/18/2024