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2022 Workshops


Live Performance With SUZY BOGGUSS

February 10-13, 2022 • Nashville, TN

LIMITED TO 12 PSCW ALUMS • THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED.

Please E-Mail Lydia if you’re a workshop alum and would like more information.

This is a very special opportunity for a small class of 12 alums of PSCW to learn from award-winning artist Suzy Bogguss. During the first two days at The Filming Station, Suzy will share with the class everything she knows about performance—all of the tips and tricks she’s learned over her more than 35-year-career. Then the third day will be a performance by the class members at a famous local venue’s writer’s night!
Limited to 12 Registrants.


Finding Your Writer’s Voice With MARY GAUTHIER

March 2-5, 2022 • Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, TN

LIMITED TO 15 • THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED.

Please E-Mail Lydia if you have any questions.

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 at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, TN, Mary will work with a small group of 15 students of all levels to help clarify the aim of your writing and discover your own, unique voice.
Limited to 15 Registrants.


Full Vocal Presence With BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN

March 16-19, 2022 • Nashville’s Scarritt Bennett Center & Ocean Way Studios

LIMITED TO 14 • THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED.

Please E-Mail Lydia if you have any questions.

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 a small group of 14 people in three areas: singing acoustically, in the studio, and in a live performance. Classes will be held at Scarritt Bennett Center on the first day, and the world-class Ocean Way Studios on Music Row on the second and third days!
Limited to 14 Registrants.


Discovering New Paths Into Songs With JONATHA BROOKE

April 13-16, 2022 • Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, TN

LIMITED TO 15 • THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED.

Please E-Mail Lydia with 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, tunings and melodies—that will open up your channels of inspiration.
Limited to 15 Registrants.


CastlePicCreative Retreat to SCOTLAND With Guest Teacher VERLON THOMPSON

May 17-24, 2022 • Kincardine Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

LIMITED TO 15 PSCW ALUMS • THIS RETREAT HAS BEEN FILLED.

Please E-Mail Lydia if you’d like to be added to the waiting list for this retreat.

A special retreat to Scotland for Performing Songwriter Creative Workshop alums who already been on this trip, as a reunion to see our Scottish friends. This event’s focus will be on the live recording of Verlon Thompson’s songs with the group and local musicians Fiona Kennedy, Paul Anderson, Shona Anderson and others in a small countryside church for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Limited to 15 Alums.


GPThumb_500xSongwriting From the Inside Out With GRETCHEN PETERS

June 22-25, 2022 • Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, TN

LIMITED TO 15 • THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED.

Please E-Mail Lydia if you have any quesiton.

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 15 Registrants.


Finding Your Writer’s Voice With MARY GAUTHIER

July 13-16, 2022 • Thistle Farms Cafe, Nashville, TN

LIMITED TO 16 • 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 at Thistle Farms Cafe in Nashville, TN, Mary will work with 16 students of all levels to help clarify the aim of your writing and discover your own, unique voice.
Limited to 16 Registrants.


JB_MicCropFinding Your Voice in the Studio With JONATHA BROOKE

August 4-7, 2022 • Ocean Way Studio in Nashville, TN

LIMITED TO 12 • THIS WORKSHOP IS FILLED

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

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 12 Registrants.


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

Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2022 • Nashville’s Scarritt Bennett Center & The Filming Station

LIMITED TO 12 • THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED.

Please E-Mail Lydia if you have any questions.

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 12 Registrants.


Creative Retreat to ITALY
With Guest Teacher JONATHA BROOKE

October 19-26, 2022 Outside of Florence, Italy

LIMITED TO 12 PSCW ALUMS • THIS RETREAT IS 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 Jonatha Brooke, enjoy cooking classes, and immerse ourselves in the art and culture of this creatively inspiring place. Limited to 12 Alums.


Scheduled for 2023

CastlePicPerforming Songwriter Creative Retreat to SCOTLAND

May 23-30, 2023 • Kincardine Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

LIMITED TO 15 • REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN FALL OF 2022

Please E-Mail Lydia if you’d like to be added to the waiting list for this retreat.

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 one of our brilliant PSCW teachers 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.


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

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