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Finding Your Writer’s Voice With Mary Gauthier

January 30-Feb. 1, 2020 • Nashville, TN

Limited to 20 Students

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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 at Scarritt Bennett Center 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.

Mary will begin the class each morning 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 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:

  • One-on-one time with Mary
  • A chance to get feedback on your songs from Mary and her guest teacher
  • Evening song circles
  • Special surprise guests teachers
  • An surprise evening of music
  • Saturday night opening dinner at a Nashville home with a cajun meal cooked by Mary
  • A buffet breakfast at Scarritt Bennett Center Thurs/Fri/Sat mornings
  • A closing night dinner together
  • …and more!

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 has been filled.

Email Lydia if you’d like to be added to 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: $1,095 per student. This includes three days of workshops (Thursday/Friday/Saturday) with surprise guests, a opening night dinner with Mary to meet each other at a Nashville home from 6:30-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening January 29, a buffet breakfast each morning at Scarritt Bennett, a one-on-one meeting with Mary, a special surprise evening of music, and a closing dinner together, and more. (Lunches can be found at restaurants in walking distance.)

TRAVEL: You’ll want to arrive in Nashville by late afternoon on Wednesday Jan. 29 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 Feb. 1, so plan on leaving on Sun. Feb.2 (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 20 registrants.

TEACHERS: In addition to Mary Gauthier, there will be a surprise guests and teachers joining us …

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 $75-$100 per night plus tax, and you can book these yourself by calling 866-420-5486, Emailing Reservations, or visiting their Website. 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. And there are plenty of Air BnB’s around the area of Music Row/Vanderbilt/Belmont.

REFUND POLICY: YOUR DEPOSIT OF $200 IS NON-REFUNDABLE and will secure one of the 20 spots. You’ll be invoiced for the remaining $895 on Dec. 15, 2019 that will be due no later than Dec. 30 to keep your spot and not lose your deposit. If you are fully paid and cancel by Dec. 30, 2019 you’ll be refunded $895. After Dec. 30 there is no guaranteed refund unless we fill the spot (we will have a cancellation list). If the spot is filled by Jan. 15, 2020 then you’ll still receive your $895 refund. If you cancel after Jan. 15, 2020 there are no refunds.

This workshop has been filled.

Email Lydia if you’d like to be added to the cancellation list.

About Mary Gauthier:

“Mary Gauthier has been teaching songwriting for over eight 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 released her seventh studio album, Rifles & Rosary Beads, in January 2018, a collection of songs she wrote with veterans through the Songwriting with Soldiers program. 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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