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Songwriting From the Inside Out With Gretchen Peters

January 3-6, 2024 • Nashville, TN

Limited to 15 Students

This workshop has been filled.

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


A great song, like all art, holds a mirror up and reflects who we are. Songwriting, at its heart, is storytelling, and telling your story in a compelling way comes down to authenticity. 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. We’ll learn how to keep a sense of creative play and when (and how) to welcome the inner critic into the room. We’ll find ways to work through “writer’s block.” We’ll learn that only through the specific do you achieve the universal—the holy grail in songwriting and all writing. We’ll learn to write from the inside out, beginning with the spark of an idea and following it all the way to its full realization.


This three-day workshop with Gretchen will include:

  • Building backstories for songs
  • Finding the melody of a character
  • How to arrange a song
  • Surprise guests
  • Song feedback & sharpening skills with Gretchen
  • A private one-on-one session with Gretchen

In addition to the intensive days of songwriting, you’ll enjoy a closing night group dinner and song circle, surprise guest songwriting friends of Gretchen’s who will join us and inspire you, and an opening night dinner with Gretchen on Wednesday evening January 3 at a Nashville home.

Workshop Information

LIMIT: 15 Students

COST: $1,395 per student. This includes three days of workshops (Thursday/Friday/Saturday), a Wednesday January 3 dinner with Gretchen in a Nashville home to meet each other the night before classes start, one-on-one meeting with Gretchen, 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 January 3 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 January 6, so plan on leaving on Sunday January 7 (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 and can be booked directly through them. More information can be found at Scarritt Bennett Lodging or by calling 615-340-7469.  If you’d rather stay at a hotel, these are a few within walking distance to Scarritt Bennett Campus including Embassy Suites, Best Western Music Row, Hilton Home2 Suites, and Hampton Inn. And there are plenty of Air BnB’s around the area of Music Row/Vanderbilt/Belmont.

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 November 1, 2023 that will be due no later than November 10 to keep your spot and not lose your deposit. If you are fully paid and cancel by Nov 15, 2023 you’ll be refunded $1000. After Nov. 15 there is no guaranteed refund unless we fill the spot (we will have a cancellation list). If the spot is filled by Dec. 1, 2023 then you’ll still receive your $1000 refund. If you cancel after December 15, 2023 there are no refunds.

This workshop has been filled.

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

This workshop has been filled. Email if you'd like to be added to the cancellation list.


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