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Finding Your Writer’s Voice With Mary Gauthier

March 2-5, 2022 • Nashville, TN

Limited to only 15 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 a small group of 15 students of all levels to help them clarify the aim of their writing and discover their own, unique voice.

We will kick things off on Wednesday night March 2 at 6:30 with a dinner at a Nashville home with a cajun meal that Mary has cooked. Then each morning Mary will begin the class with an inspiring conversation that will give you new tools to put in your songwriting toolbox. We’ll have some fun prompts and writing exercises, and 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—as Mary offers feedback that the whole class can learn from. 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 private one-on-one meeting with Mary
  • A chance to get feedback on your songs from Mary
  • Special surprise guests and music
  • Wednesday night opening dinner at a Nashville home with a cajun meal cooked by Mary
  • A closing night dinner together at a Nashville restaurant
  • …and more!

After this time of 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.

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LIMIT: 15 Students


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

COST: $1,395 per student. This includes an opening night dinner with Mary to meet each other at a Nashville home from 6:30-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening March 2, three days of workshops (Thursday/Friday/Saturday) with surprise guests, a one-on-one meeting with Mary, a closing dinner together, and more. (breakfast and lunches can be found at restaurants in walking distance of Scarritt Bennett campus.)

TRAVEL: You’ll want to arrive in Nashville by late afternoon on Wednesday March 2 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 March 5, so plan on leaving on Sun. March 6 (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.

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

LODGING: The most convenient and economical option is staying on campus at Scarritt Bennett where rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. These are very basic, single rooms that share a bathroom with the adjoining room and can be booked through Urban Vacation Rentals or by calling them at 615-669-1293. 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: 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 Jan. 15, 2022 that will be due no later than Feb. 1 to keep your spot and not lose your deposit. If you are fully paid and cancel by Feb. 1, 2022 you’ll be refunded $1000. After Feb. 1 there is no guaranteed refund unless we fill the spot (we will have a cancellation list). If the spot is filled by Feb. 15, 2022 then you’ll still receive your $1000 refund. If you cancel after Feb. 15, 2022 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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