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Performing Songwriter Creative Workshops are intimate gatherings that are designed to celebrate the creativity in all of us. With a mission to provide guidance and mentorship to help you tap into your creativity, each event is inspirational, challenging, and ultimately life-changing.


GPThumb_500xSongwriting From the Inside Out with GRETCHEN PETERS

Feb. 25-27, 2018 • Nashville, TN

LIMITED TO 20 • REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Please E-Mail Lydia for more information.

One of the oldest phrases in any language must be ‘tell me a story.’ Songwriting is storytelling, and telling your story in a compelling way is all about detail. It’s about what you say, and what you don’t say. It’s about the truth, not necessarily the facts. In this workshop, we’ll explore the process of songwriting—the art and the craft and the delicate balance between the two.
Limited to 20 Registrants.


Gauthier_BlueFinding Your Writer’s Voice With MARY GAUTHIER

January 26-28, 2018 • Nashville, TN

LIMITED TO 20 • THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED

Please E-Mail Lydia if you’d like to be added to the cancellation list.

Everyone has a story to tell, and a unique voice with which to tell it. The trick is to find your writer’s voice in order to tell that story with a truth that connects in an original way. In this 3-day workshop in Nashville, TN, Mary will work with 20 students of all levels to help clarify the aim of your writing and discover your own, unique voice.
Limited to 20 Registrants.


Villa_VTTuscan Retreat Celebrating Song, Food, Art & Culture
With Guest Teacher VERLON THOMPSON!

October 18-25, 2017 Outside of Florence, Italy

THIS RETREAT HAS BEEN FILLED.

Please E-Mail Lydia if you’d like to be added to the cancellation list.

A week-long retreat to Italy where our small group will stay in a villa outside of Florence, have writing workshops with award-winning songwriter Verlon Thompson, enjoy cooking classes, and immerse ourselves in the art and culture of this creatively inspiring place. Limited to 12 Registrants.


MG_BNC_SquareCollaboration, Distillation & Delivery: A Song From Start to Finish with
BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN & MARY GAUTHIER

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

EXCLUSIVELY FOR ALUMS OF MARY’S AND BETH’S PERFORMING SONGWRITER CREATIVE WORKSHOPS • THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED

Please E-Mail Lydia for more information.

Applying what you’ve previously learned in Beth’s and Mary’s Performing Songwriter Creative Workshops, this reunion of 40 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.
Limited to 30 Alums of Beth’s and Mary’s Performing Songwriter Creative Workshops.


JB_MicCropFinding Your Voice in the Studio With JONATHA BROOKE

September 7-9, 2017 • Ocean Way Studio in Nashville, TN

LIMITED TO 20 • THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED

Please E-Mail Lydia if you have any questions.

Preparing to go into a recording studio can be as daunting as it is exciting. It involves everything from arranging and editing your song, choosing your equipment, and collaborating with an engineer, to dealing with the psychological aspects of getting your performance down.
During Jonatha Brooke’s studio workshop, she will spend three days with a small group at Nashville’s renowned Ocean Way Studios on Music Row, helping you not only get ready to record your songs, but also to find your unique sound.
Limited to 20 Registrants.


EmilySaliers_900x738Using Imagery to Connect with EMILY SALIERS

August 17-19, 2017 • Nashville, TN

FOR PSCW ALUMS ONLY • LIMITED TO 20 • THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED

Please E-Mail Lydia if you’re a Performing Songwriter Creative Workshop alum and would like to be added to the cancellation list.

In this three-day workshop, Emily Saliers will work with a small group of Performing Songwriter Creative Workshop alums to find those compelling images and descriptions that will help your songs connect in a more visceral way. She will break down the processes she’s used in her own songs, and study examples of other songwriters and poets who have influenced her.
Limited to 20 Registrants.


BNC_OceanWayFull Vocal Presence With BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN

July 13-15, 2017 • Nashville, TN

LIMITED TO 20 • THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED

Please E-Mail Lydia if you’d like to be added to the cancellation list.

This workshop of Beth’s is designed to help you tap into the power of singing with least effort from the natural tone of your speaking voice. She will work with you in three areas: singing acoustically, in the studio, and in a live performance. Classes will be held at the world-class Ocean Way Studios on Music Row!
Limited to 20 Registrants.


vt_1The Art, Craft & Presentation of Your Song With VERLON THOMPSON

June 15-17, 2017 • Nashville, TN

LIMITED TO 20 • THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED

Please E-Mail Lydia if you’d like to be added to the cancellation list.

Verlon has been quoted as saying that he “doesn’t teach songwriting so much as he inspires songwriting.” Writers of any and all skill levels will benefit from Verlon’s shared experience of 35 years as a professional songwriter. From concept (the “art”) to craft (the nuts and bolts construction), Verlon will guide the class in the writing and presentation of your song.
Limited to 20 Registrants.


CastlePicPerforming Songwriter Creative Retreat to SCOTLAND

With Special Guest Teacher MARY GAUTHIER

May 23-30, 2017—Aberdeenshire, Scotland

LIMITED TO 15 • THIS RETREAT HAS BEEN FILLED

Please E-Mail Lydia for more information.

Castles, bagpipes, fiddles, songwriting, churches, whisky, dancing, kilts, royalty, singing, history … these are just a few of the delights waiting for our small group of creative spirits during our retreat in the beautiful Northeastern part of Scotland. Aberdeen City and Shire is a land where majestic landscapes meet the sea, is a part of the Royal Family’s life, and is home to cultural and historical gems. With classes led by the brilliant Mary Gauthier and experiences planned by Scotland’s own Fiona Kennedy and Paul Anderson, this week will most definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Limited to 15 Registrants.


JB_Blue_croppedDiscovering New Paths Into Songs With JONATHA BROOKE

April 27-29, 2017 • Nashville, TN

LIMITED TO 20 • THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED

Please E-Mail Lydia if you have any questions.

Passwords, Prompts & Permission. In this 3-day songwriting workshop in Nashville, TN, Jonatha will work closely with all levels of writers to find new ways into your songs—through poems, rhythms and melodies—that will open up your channels of inspiration.
Limited to 20 Registrants.


Stay Tuned—More to come!

Here’s a taste of the 2015 Songwriting Workshops—some magical musical moments!

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