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Finding Your Writer’s Voice With Mary Gauthier

July 13-16, 2022 • Thistle Farms Cafe Education Space, Nashville, TN

Limited to 16 Students

This workshop has been filled.

Email Lydia if you’d like to be added to 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 at the Cafe at Thistle Farms Education Space in Nashville, TN, Mary will work with a small class 16 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
  • Feedback on your songs from Mary
  • Special guest artists and songwriters
  • Opening night dinner at a Nashville home with Mary
  • A closing night dinner together at Thistle Cafe
  • …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: 16 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 three days of workshops (Thursday/Friday/Saturday), a gathering and dinner with Mary at a Nashville home to meet each other from 6:30-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening July 13, one-on-one time with Mary, and a closing dinner together at Thistle Cafe. (All meals that aren’t covered can be found at restaurants in walking distance.)

WHERE: Performing Songwriter is teaming up with Thistle Farms to hold the workshop in their event space at Thistle Farms Cafe, which directly supports its community programs. Thistle Farms is an organization founded to help heal, empower and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction. It’s comprehensive model offers women hope and healing through a holistic residential program, employment with one of our social enterprises, and a growing national and global network dedicated to changing a culture that allows human beings to be bought and sold. (Tennessean Article About Thistle Farms / The Cafe at Thistle Farms)

TRAVEL: You’ll want to arrive in Nashville by late afternoon on Wednesday, July 13 for the opening dinner together that evening at 6:30. The workshop will start each morning at 9:00 a.m. and you’ll be completely busy all day through the closing night together on Saturday, July 16.

LODGING: The Cafe at Thistle Farms is located at 5122 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209. The closest hotels to the cafe, all less than a mile away, are on White Bridge Road (Comfort Inn, Best Western Plus, Holiday Inn Express). But it’s only 3-5 miles from West End Hotels, Vanderbilt, and Downtown if you’d rather stay in those areas. Here’s a link to a search of nearby hotels.

REFUND POLICY: Your deposit of $395 is non-refundable and will secure one of the 16 spots. You’ll be invoiced for the remaining $1,000 on May 15 that will be due no later than June 1 to keep your spot and not lose your deposit. If you are fully paid and cancel by June 15, 2022 you’ll be refunded $1000. After June 15 there is no guaranteed refund unless we fill the spot (we will have a cancellation list). If the spot is filled by July 1, 2022 then you’ll still receive your $1,000 refund. If you cancel after July 1, 2022 there are no refunds.


This workshop has been filled.

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

NOTE: All attendees of this workshop are required to have had their Covid-19 Vaccination.

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 recently released her seventh studio album, Rifles and Rosary Beads, in February 2018, a Grammy-nominated collection of songs she’s written 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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