Danielle Woerner: Writing and Songwriting
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Danielle’s writing career, like her singing, is multi-faceted, and has earned her recognition for her creative, journalistic and public relations wordcraft.
Latest news: updated February 2020
- Recent poetry publication: A set of 3 of her haiku were included in the Three Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers, which features poems, essays and short stories celebrating the writers' shared land and sea. Published in 2017 by Resolute Bear Press in Robbinston, ME, the book is receiving accolades all over the literary world, and The Boston Globe, too.
- Awards: The National Federation of Press Woman (NFPW) chose for recognition ALL of the 2016 articles Danielle submitted from her freelance writing for the Machias Valley (ME) News Observer. These included news stories, personality profiles, eco- and arts features, and local columns. All received 2nd or 3rd place or Honorable Mention in the National At-Large category.
- Book Festival: In fall 2017, through the Sunrise County Arts Institute she co-directs on the Maine coast, Danielle organized the First Annual Milbridge Lit-Fest. Events led by various presenters focused on self-publishing, being a NaNoWriMo Winner in the month of November, Japanese Short-Form Poetry, and a reading/signing of the Three Nations Anthology just after its publication. Retreats for "Writers from Away" at SCAI's scenic Center are available, in November and throughout the year. SCAI plans to resume the festival, newly named the DownEast BookFest, in future years.
Journalism & PR:
- Her expository skills were honed during the 1980s, as one of New York City’s most respected classical-music publicists and concert presenters. She ran a firm called Woerner/Bobrick Associates with her former husband, historian Benson Bobrick, while developing her singing career at the same time. W/BA presented a great deal of new musical work on the New York and national scenes, and Danielle’s descriptions of the music and the events helped distinguish them in the media’s and the public’s eye.
- She then became a top publicist for the CBS television network’s Entertainment Division, and finally, Bard College’s Director of Public Relations from 1990-93, before going into her musical, teaching and other creative work full-time.
Creative Writing: Her skill with the pen--or keyboard--also takes a more imaginative turn.
- Her poetry has been published in the Hudson Valley arts and culture monthly, Chronogram, and in the Three Nations Anthology (Resolute Bear Press; see above).
- She has two novels in progress, one based on her grandmother's life in 19th/20th century Philadelphia. The other, which begins with her experiences as a young professional singer in Manhattan, spans multiple quantum timelines.
- She's written a series of performance slam poems based on familiar folk and fairy tales.
- She is editing a collection of her haiku and senryu to be published as a chapbook. This project is a collaboration with award-winning photographer Johanna S. Billings.
- Danielle is a BMI-affiliated songwriter, whose songs draw on folk, classical art song, musical theater and jazz traditions, forging an independent style all her own.
Formal Higher Education:
- Danielle completed her B.A. in Music at Bard College in 1993, while serving as the college's P.R. Director.
- In 2012 she received her Master's Certificate in Songwriting, with Celebrity Scholarship honors), from Berklee College of Music's Berkleemusic program.
- She was awarded top honors at the Université d'Aix-Marseille's summer program for foreign students in French language and literature.