Cumberland County Playhouse has announced a new collaboration with award-winning songwriter and MFA candidate Bobby Taylor... "In Our Own Words," a new writing workshop that will empower students to find and fine-tune their creative voices in a relaxed, supportive environment. Bobby and his students will explore various storytelling forms, including six-word stories, haiku, memoir, micro-fiction, poetry, dialog, and essay. Students will learn to write from prompts and will have the opportunity to share their work with other members of the class. Not only will students learn from this Grammy-nominated songwriter and respected author, but their work will be considered for possible inclusion in an upcoming book about the Playhouse, to be published in 2015 for CCP's Golden Anniversary! In addition to Bobby's Creative Writing class, he will also teach his popular Songwriting class, which was received with great enthusiasm last year. What makes a great song a "hit"? What makes a hit song "great"? As an award winning top-10 Billboard country and musical theater songwriter, Bobby will dig into these questions and many more in his songwriting classes: "Building a Songwriting Toolbox," followed by "Song Workshop and Collaboration." These classes will run concurrently with Bobby's Creative Writing class, for a total of six weeks. Audiences may remember Bobby as Burl in Playhouse productions of Smoke on the Mountain, a role he also played in the New York Off-Broadway revival. He grew up in Cumberland County and credits his early creative inspiration to drama classes with Playhouse Consulting Producer Mary Crabtree when he was a student at Crossville Elementary. Whether in Florida, Boston, or New York, Taylor's theatrical successes have paralleled his Nashville musical triumphs. Bobby, whose songs have been recorded by Montgomery Gentry, Ty Herndon, Don Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus and Alison Krauss, is thrilled to return to the Playhouse as a resident company member, and will share his enthusiasm with CCP's education team and students in these TWO unique classes. Classes start Saturday, September 13 and continue weekly through Saturday, October 18. The Creative Writing class will be held from 10:00 - 11:30 AM, immediately followed by the Songwriting class, from 11:30 AM -1:00 PM. The cost for each 6-week class is $80. The Playhouse expects these classes to fill up quickly, so please call the Cumberland County Playhouse box office (931-484-5000) to register and secure your spot today!