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So You Wanna Be A Lyric Writer


This course is primarily designed for the beginner with no musical training. The product of this course is comprised of two sets of lyrics for two original songs, and a query letter.

Music is part of all of our lives. Studies tell us that people who listen to music, sing, play a musical instrument, or write music and lyrics themselves score higher on tests, get better jobs, and smile more than their less musically inclined neighbors. To be a true lyric writer, you will need three things -- your imagination, your creativity, and a little bit of your ego. This course will teach you to trust your inner muse, compose your lyrics, and sell or publish your work.


Students will learn to compose:

  • The lyrics for two songs
  • A query letter to mail to a print or electronic publisher, record company, or musical artist.

Having mastered these accomplishments, the student will have the framework to continue to write lyrics for their own enjoyment.


Students demonstrate knowledge by developing skills in lyric writing and music industry savvy and starting a portfolio of their work by:

  • Composing the lyrics for two songs.
  • Writing a query letter to accompany the lyrics to agents, record companies, and musical artists.

course quick facts
course code DED101-C
cost $55.00
estimated time to
complete course
24 Hours
course materials
6 Weeks

Carol Givner is a best-selling author with six books to her credit, two of which have been nominated for the Frankfurt Award. She has been featured in numerous popular magazines, and is also the Editor-in-Chief of WORDSMITH, a publication that has been critically acclaimed on National Public Radio and at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. She has taught a number of online courses that focus on the areas such as writing poetry, lyrics, and fiction.