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Collaboration, Distillation & Delivery: A Song From Start to Finish

With Beth Nielsen Chapman & Mary Gauthier

Exclusively for Alumni of Beth’s and/or Mary’s Performing Songwriter Creative Workshops


October 1-3, 2017 • At Dyer Observatory in Nashville, TN

Limited to 30 Students

Email Lydia with any questions.

Applying what you’ve previously learned in Beth’s and Mary’s Performing Songwriter Creative Workshops, this reunion of 30 alumni will take place on the summit of a 16-acre wooded hill (the tallest peak in Nashville) that is Dyer Observatory.

Beth and Mary will team up to work with the group on the next level of songwriting, sharing more tools and insight into the art and craft. Some of the things that will be covered are:

  • The ins and outs of co-writing including different approaches and professional advice
  • The editing process, distilling your song and getting to the heart of your message
  • How to connect with your audience though the presentation and delivery of your song
  • Performing your song on stage with a sound system and engineer

Special guest teaching facilitators (who you know and love!) will be with us each day so you’ll have multiple professional writers in addition to Beth and Mary to help and offer feedback … and of course lots of surprises!

Included in this workshop:

  • Opening dinner party on Saturday, Sept. 30 (tentatively at Lydia’s house)
  • Lunch and dinners on the mountain each day (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday — Oct. 1, 2 & 3)
  • Special surprise guests and events
  • Guest teaching facilitators in addition to Beth and Mary who will be with us each day
  • Concerts in the evenings
  • Class performances
  • Viewing the night sky through the Seyfert telescope with Director Rocky Alvey (the co-writer of Beth’s Grammy-nominated The Mighty Sky CD)

We will start the evening of Saturday, Sept. 30 with a reunion dinner at Lydia’s house, cooked by Beth and Mary. Then we’ll spend the next three days at the gorgeous Dyer Observatory and it’s grounds, located off of Granny White Pike near Brentwood, TN (just 10 miles south of downtown Nashville). We’ll spend all of our time up there on the highest peak in Nashville, working on songs, playing, singing, enjoying visits and feedback from guests, working closely with Beth and Mary, and so much more. On the final night the class will perform outside in a live sound setting, followed by a closing night dinner together. Plus all of the unscripted fun, laughter and surprises that we always enjoy when we’re together!

This workshop open to alums of Beth’s and Mary’s Performing Songwriter Creative Workshops—Register with a deposit now before it fills!

Email Lydia if you have any questions.

LIMIT: 30 Students

COST: $995 per student. This includes three days of workshops (Sunday/Monday/Tuesday), a Saturday evening gathering and dinner cooked by Beth & Mary, lunches and evening dinners at Dyer Observatory on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

LODGING: Dyer Observatory is located 10 miles south of downtown Nashville off of Granny White Pike, close to Brentwood, TN. I’d recommend staying at one of the hotels located in Brentwood, less than 2 miles from where we’ll be each day. Here’s a TRIP ADVISOR link to the nearest hotels (ignore the top sponsored one…), and I can also provide a list of others registered as it gets closer in case anyone wants to get a room together. Also, if you’re staying in one of those hotels (which are mostly all next to each other) you could share a car since you’re not going to need one other than to get up to Dyer in the mornings and back in the evenings.

REFUND POLICY: If you are fully paid and cancel by September 1, 2017 you’ll be refunded $795. After Sept. 1 there is no guaranteed refund unless we fill the spot (we will have a cancellation list). If the spot is filled by Sept. 15, then you’ll still receive your $795 refund. If you cancel after Sept. 15 there are no refunds.

This workshop is now open to all Alums of Beth’s and/or Mary’s Performing Songwriter Creative Workshops!

Email Lydia if you have any questions.

Dyer_Observatory_logoThe Dyer Observatory, also known as the Arthur J. Dyer Observatory, is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Vanderbilt University. Built in 1953, it is located in Brentwood, Tennessee, and is the only university facility not located on the main campus in Nashville. The observatory is named after Arthur J. Dyer, who paid for the observatory’s 24-foot (7.3 m)-wide dome, and houses a 24-inch (610 mm) reflecting telescope named for astronomer Carl Seyfert. Today, the observatory primarily serves as a teaching tool; its mission is to interest children in the fields of science and engineering. The observatory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 6, 2009.


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