Finding Your Writer’s Voice With Mary Gauthier

Jan. 22-24, 2015 • Nashville, TN

Limited to 20 Students


Please E-Mail Lydia to put your name on the cancellation list.


EVERYONE has a story to tell, and a unique voice with which to tell it. The trick is to uncover your own unique 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 them clarify the aim of their writing and discover their own, unique voice.

Each morning will start with breakfast together at the Scarritt Bennett dining hall, and then Mary will begin the class with an inspiring conversation that will give you new tools to put in your songwriting toolbox. After that we’ll get down to the business of writing and working on your songs. You’ll be able to share whatever you’re working on—even if it’s just lyrics—and as a group we’ll offer feedback and support. Mary will suggest how to make a song stronger, find the melody to support it, and how to get to your truth and unique voice.

In addition to the intensive days of songwriting, you’ll enjoy a taste of Nashville with an evening at a famous songwriting venue, a group dinner at one of the city’s favorite southern restaurants, surprise guest songwriting friends of Mary’s who will join us and inspire you, song circles in the evenings where everyone can share songs, and an opening night dinner at a Nashville home with Mary!

After three days of immersing yourself in the creative world of songwriting with like-minded souls, you will leave with a new community of friends, a support system, a songwriting toolbox filled with tools, and a strong sense of your writer’s voice that will let you turn your songs into shining reflections of your own soul.

Here’s just an example of the response Mary has received from her students:

I always knew Mary Gauthier was a passionate songwriter, but she is also an incredible teacher. Generous, open, and willing to nurture songwriters of all stripes as they hone their craft. In the Performing Songwriter workshop, as Mary helped us seek out emotional honesty and clarity, I witnessed transformations not just of songs, but of souls. Before long, we were calling her ‘the song whisperer!’   —Mel Farrimond, Halifax, Nova Scotia

This Workshop Is Filled

Please E-Mail Lydia to put your name on the cancellation list.

LIMIT: 20 Students

LEVEL: For all ages and levels, from beginning to experienced songwriter, whether you play an instrument or not.

COST: $975 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 Mary, breakfast each morning, a special evening of music at a famed Nashville venue,  and a group dinner at one of Nashville’s favorite restaurants. (Lunch and dinners that aren’t covered can be found at restaurants in walking distance.)

TEACHERS: In addition to Mary Gauthier, we have a couple of Mary’s songwriting friends as surprise guests.

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 around $50 per night plus tax, and you can book these yourself by calling 866-420-5486, Emailing Reservations, or visiting their Website.

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

REFUND POLICY: If you cancel by December 1, 2014, there will be a $200 cancellation fee. After December 1, 2014 there is no guaranteed refund unless we fill the spot (we will have a cancellation list). If the spot is filled by January 8, 2015, then you’ll still receive your $775 refund. If you cancel after January 8, 2014 there are no refunds.

About Mary Gauthier:

“Mary Gauthier has been teaching songwriting for over five years, and has led songwriting workshops all over the world—from Australia to Ireland to Costa Rica, to cities all over the United States and Canada. She has worked with thousands of students in all genres of music and levels of experience, and has helped them connect with their truth and articulate in their songs.”

A New Orleans native who now resides in Nashville, Mary is a singer songwriter who the Associated Press named one of the best songwriters of her generation. Her sophomore release, Filth and Fire, was named “#1 Independent CD of the Year” by Jon Pareles of the New York Times. Her following three releases were listed in both the LA Times and New York Times top three releases of the year. Her record Mercy Now was listed in the “Top 5 Records of the Decade” by No Depression magazine.

Mary has recently completed her sixth studio album, Trouble and Love, which is due out in June 2014. Her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Candi Staton and Mike Farris, and have been used extensively in Film and Television all over the world, including the ABC hit show Nashville, Case Histories on Masterpiece Theater, and Showtime’s Banshee. She tours the world constantly, performing an average of over 150 dates a year, and has often been called a writer’s writer, which thrills her to no end.

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