Larry gatlin speaking to audience
Gatlin's 8-week course will be offered in spring 2023

The University of Texas Permian Basin is thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for our students and community. In spring 2023, Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter, Larry Gatlin will be teaching a course. 

"Grammy award-winning musician Larry Gatlin will be sharing his art of creative writing and storytelling with students this spring—all the skills that made him a hall of fame singer/songwriter,” said UT Permian Basin President, Dr. Sandra Woodley. “As UTPB’s new Professor of Practice, he will lead an exciting new master class to share his experiences and encourage people from all walks of life to explore their own creativity and passion. We are thrilled about this partnership.” 

Details on the course will be announced this fall and will include elements of songwriting, history, creative writing, and personal development.


larry-gatlin-1.jpgAbout Larry Gatlin:

Larry Gatlin is no stranger to West Texas. He was born in Seminole in 1948 and graduated from Odessa High School. Larry went to the University of Houston on a football scholarship where he majored in English and developed “a love affair with the English Language” that later served him well in his songwriting.

On the strength of his songwriting talents, Larry Gatlin became known throughout the Nashville music industry. From 1976 to 1992 the Gatlin Brothers toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. They racked up hit after hit and banked some of the most prestigious awards in the industry. Larry penned every Gatlin Brothers hit you’ve ever heard.  He has written songs that were later recorded by Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Rich, Johnny Mathis, Dottie West, and many more.