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Using Imagery to Connect with EMILY SALIERS

May 10-13, 2023 • Nashville, TN

Limited to 15 Performing Songwriter Creative Workshop alums

This workshop has been filled.

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


One of the most powerful ways for a song to resonate is to “show” the listener instead of telling them. To find rich imagery that is at the same time unique and universal, making words come alive with emotion.

In this three-day workshop, Emily Saliers will work with a small group of Performing Songwriter workshop alums to find those compelling images and descriptions that will help your songs connect in a more visceral way. We’ll look at using a character’s point of view; incorporating images; ways to include dialog; and finding the tiny but telling details. 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. Plus developing harmonies, tools for the toolbox and fun exercises to get your creativity flowing.

This event is exclusively for alumni of Performing Songwriter Creative Workshops, and will have all of the surprises and musical highlights you know we love to wow you with! Emily is looking forward to spending time with you, so join us if you can!


LIMIT: 15 Students

COST: $1,395 per student. This includes three days of workshops (Thursday/Friday/Saturday), a Wednesday May 10 dinner with Emily at Lydia’s house the night before classes start, one-on-one meeting with Emily, and a closing night dinner together on that Saturday. (Other meals can be found at restaurants in walking distance.)

TRAVEL: You’ll want to arrive in Nashville by late afternoon on Wednesday May 10 so you can join us around 6:30 p.m. for our opening night dinner. And you’ll be busy through the late evening of Saturday May 13, so plan on leaving on Sunday May 14 (or stay longer to enjoy more of Nashville!). Also, we often get asked if family members or friends who are traveling with workshop attendees can join us for dinners or evening events, but since group dynamics and spending time getting to know each other is a large part of this event, all of the activities are kept exclusively for the 15 registrants.

LODGING: Scarritt Bennett has rooms available on the campus on a first-come, first-served basis. They are now being booked through an outside online service, and you can look into that here where the rooms are listed at the top of the ‘Music Row’ link: Urban Nashville Rentals. If you’d rather stay at a hotel, these are a few within walking distance to Scarritt Bennett Campus: Embassy Suites, Best Western Music Row, Hilton Home2 Suites, and Hampton Inn.

REFUND POLICY: YOUR DEPOSIT OF $395 IS NON-REFUNDABLE and will secure one of the 15 spots. You’ll be invoiced for the remaining $1000 on March 1, 2023 that will be due no later than March 15 to keep your spot and not lose your deposit. If you are fully paid and cancel by April 1, 2023 you’ll be refunded $1000. After April 1 there is no guaranteed refund unless we fill the spot (we will have a cancellation list). If the spot is filled by May 1, 2023 then you’ll still receive your $1000 refund. If you cancel after May 1, 2023 there are no refunds.


If you’re a PSCW alum and would like to be added to the cancellation list, please email Lydia Hutchinson