Craft of Writing Talk with Diane Cluck: The Body as Editor, Nature as Informant, Levels of Meaning

Off Campus Online

Open to the public

/ Thursday


This event will take place online; learn more and register

Singer-songwriter Diane Cluck discusses three main elements of her craft, sharing tools and ideas for connecting the writer self to/through the universal.

Diane Cluck is a singer-songwriter of intuitive folk music. She tours the US and internationally, employing singing as a healing, textural experience in which audiences may wander, ponder, or simply be. Her vocal style has been noted for its clipped, glottal beauty, and described by NPR as “an unlikely mix of Aaron Neville, the Baka people, and Joni Mitchell…unaffected yet unusual”. With an unusual finger-picking style producing harp-like tones, Time Out New York cited her as a “brilliant idiosyncratic guitarist”. Piano is her first love.

Diane's eighth album, Common Wealth, was released in June 2020. Diane established herself as a songwriter in New York’s burgeoning Antifolk scene in the early 2000s. Since then, singer-songwriters Laura Marling, Florence Welch (of Florence And The Machine), and Sharon Van Etten have cited Diane’s work as influential. In 2017 Diane began leading singing and songwriting workshops across the US, UK, and Canada. At home in Charlottesville, Virginia she's taught at The Center for Vocal Study, The Front Porch, and has been Songwriting Instructor for the University of Virginia’s Young Writers Workshop. Purchase Diane Cluck’s work here.