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Verlon Thompson: The Art, Craft and Presentation of Your Song

June 15-17, 2017 • Nashville, TN

Limited to 20 Students


[This is the only songwriting workshop with Verlon scheduled for 2017!]

Please E-Mail Lydia if you’d like your name 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.

You’ll also learn tricks-of-the-trade for finding inspiration, letting a rhythm and groove guide you along, ways for your guitar to open up song ideas, and the importance of the presentation and performance of your creation. You’ll also have a chance to perform on-stage for the class during a closing night concert.

This three-day workshop with Verlon will include:

  • Exercises to help find inspiration for your song
  • Hand-on crafting of your song, including rhythms, melodies, and delivery
  • Closing night on-stage student performance and video-taping
  • Surprise Guest Speakers & Private Concert with Verlon and friends
  • Song feedback in the group with Verlon and his guest teacher
  • A One-on-One session with Verlon

In addition to the intensive days of songwriting, you’ll enjoy a surprise private concert with Verlon and friends, a closing night group dinner, surprise guest songwriters who will join us, song circles in the evenings where everyone can share songs, a class performance night, and an opening dinner at a Nashville home with Verlon!

This workshop has been filled.

If you’d like to be added to the cancellation list, please email Lydia Hutchinson

LIMIT: 20 Students

COST: $995 per student. This includes three days of workshops (Thursday/Friday/Saturday), a Wednesday evening gathering and dinner to meet each other, one-on-one time with Verlon, and a special evening of music. (Breakfast, lunch and dinners that aren’t covered can be found at restaurants in walking distance.)

TEACHERS: In addition to Verlon Thompson, there will be a songwriting facilitator who will be with you all three days, as well as a surprise guest or two…

LODGING: Scarritt Bennett has rooms available on the campus on a first-come, first-served basis. These are single rooms that share a bathroom with the adjoining room. The cost is $75 per night plus tax, and you can book these yourself by calling 866-420-5486, Emailing Reservations, or visiting their Website. But book early because they fill up fast! If you’d rather stay at a hotel, these are within walking distance to Scarritt Bennett Campus: Embassy Suites, Best Western Music Row, Hilton Home2 Suites, and Hampton Inn.

TRANSPORTATION TO SCARRITT BENNETT: Shuttle Service to and from the Nashville Airport can be booked through InShuttle for $11 each way.

REFUND POLICY: Your deposit of $200 is non-refundable and will secure one of the 20 spots. You’ll be invoiced for the remaining $795 on April 1 that will be due no later than April 15 to keep your spot and not lose your deposit. If you are fully paid and cancel by May 1, 2017 you’ll be refunded $795. After May 1 there is no guaranteed refund unless we fill the spot (we will have a cancellation list). If the spot is filled by June 1, then you’ll still receive your $795 refund. If you cancel after June 1 there are no refunds.

This workshop has been filled.

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

verlontSongwriters seem to flourish on the fertile Oklahoma plains. Woody Guthrie, Roger Miller, Leon Russell, J.J. Cale and Jimmy Webb. Add Verlon Thompson to that list.

Thirty years as a professional songwriter and traveling troubadour serve as credentials. As a solo performer, and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona to Binger (his hometown in Oklahoma).

Along the way Verlon Thompson compositions have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson, Anne Murray, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Trisha Yearwood, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis and many more.

Equally important in his songwriting and live performances, Verlon’s guitar work cannot go unnoticed. His guitar can be heard on recordings by Restless Heart, Pam Tillis, and many more, including, and especially Guy Clark.

Verlon  co-produced Guy Clark’s Grammy nominated CD Cold Dog Soup as well as The Dark, Workbench Songs and Somedays the Song Writes You.

As the in-house musician for Genuine Human Productions ( Thompson scores themes and background music for documentaries and special film projects.

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