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Verlon Thompson: The Art, Craft & Presentation of Your Song

Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2022 • Nashville’s Scarritt Bennett Center & The Filming Station

Limited to 12 Students

This workshop has been filled.

Please E-Mail 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.


Verlon has been quoted as saying that he “doesn’t teach songwriting so much as he inspires songwriting.” Writers of any and all skill levels will benefit from Verlon’s shared experience of 35 years as a professional songwriter. From concept (the “art”) to craft (the nuts and bolts construction), Verlon will guide the class in the writing and presentation of your song.

You’ll also learn tricks-of-the-trade for finding inspiration, letting a rhythm and groove guide you along, ways for your guitar to open up song ideas, and the importance of the presentation and performance of your creation. And you’ll perform on-stage for the class during a closing night concert.

This three-day workshop with Verlon will include:

  • Exercises to help find inspiration for your song
  • Hand-on crafting of your song, including rhythms, melodies, and delivery
  • Closing night on-stage student performance and video-taping
  • Surprise Guest Speakers
  • Song feedback in the group with Verlon
  • A One-on-One session with Verlon
  • An opening night dinner on Wednesday August 31 at a Nashville home with Verlon
  • A closing night dinner after your performances

In addition to the intensive days of songwriting, you’ll enjoy the third day’s class at Verlon’s event venue The Filming Station, a closing night performance onstage with a videotaping, closing dinner celebration, surprise guest songwriting friends of Verlon’s who will join us and inspire you, and an opening night dinner on Wednesday evening August 31 at a Nashville home with Verlon!

This workshop has been filled.

If you’d like to be added to the cancellation list, please email Lydia Hutchinson

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

LIMIT: 12 Students

COST: $1,395 per student. This includes three days of workshops (Thursday/Friday/Saturday), a Wednesday August 31 dinner with Verlon in a Nashville home to meet each other the night before classes start, one-on-one meeting with Verlon, and a closing night dinner together. (Other meals can be found at restaurants in walking distance.)

TRAVEL: You’ll want to arrive in Nashville by late afternoon on Wednesday August 31 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 Sept. 3, so plan on leaving on Sunday Sept. 4 (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 registrants.

LODGING: Scarritt Bennett has rooms available on the campus on a first-come, first-served basis. They are now being booked through an outside online service, and you can look into that here where the rooms are listed at the top of the ‘Music Row’ link: Urban Nashville Rentals. If you’d rather stay at a hotel, these are a few within walking distance to Scarritt Bennett Campus: Embassy Suites, Best Western Music Row, Hilton Home2 Suites, and Hampton Inn.

REFUND POLICY:  YOUR DEPOSIT OF $395 IS NON-REFUNDABLE and will secure one of the 12 spots. You’ll be invoiced for the remaining $1000 on July 1, 2022 that will be due no later than July 15 to keep your spot and not lose your deposit. If you are fully paid and cancel by July 15, 2022 you’ll be refunded $1000. After Aug 1 there is no guaranteed refund unless we fill the spot (we will have a cancellation list). If the spot is filled by Aug 15, 2022 then you’ll still receive your $1000 refund. If you cancel after Aug 15, 2022 there are no refunds.

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

This workshop has been filled.

Please E-Mail 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.

verlontSongwriters seem to flourish on the fertile Oklahoma plains. Woody Guthrie, Roger Miller, Leon Russell, J.J. Cale and Jimmy Webb. Add Verlon Thompson to that list.

Thirty years as a professional songwriter and traveling troubadour serve as credentials. As a solo performer, and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona to Binger (his hometown in Oklahoma).

Along the way Verlon Thompson compositions have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson, Anne Murray, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Trisha Yearwood, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis and many more.

Equally important in his songwriting and live performances, Verlon’s guitar work cannot go unnoticed. His guitar can be heard on recordings by Restless Heart, Pam Tillis, and many more, including, and especially Guy Clark.

Verlon co-produced Guy Clark’s Grammy nominated CD Cold Dog Soup as well as The Dark, Workbench Songs and Somedays the Song Writes You.

As the in-house musician for Genuine Human Productions ( Thompson scores themes and background music for documentaries and special film projects.

Testimonials of Verlon ’Thompson’s Songwriting Workshops:

Verlon is an extraordinarily talented man, but, that’s something that is commonly understood and known. But not every amazing artist can teach, Verlon just tells his stories and explains everything he has learned, so generously, that he makes teaching an art in itself. A truly gifted man. He has you laughing and crying. We are puppets and we’re all the richer for a few days in his company.
Tricia Duffy, Chiswick, London, UK

Verlon is a tremendous teacher by being himself. This is a man who works hard to realize gentle truths and deliver them in his music with stuff that works.
Richard Weil, Takoma Park, MD

Verlon is an accomplished songwriter who speaks the language of music with kindness, wisdom and respect. He is able to draw important information from the work of all types of songwriters; from newcomers to those who have more experience, he makes it comfortable to be assessed both with praise of the strong parts, and a gentle nudge toward improving parts which could possibly be adjusted. He always makes sure you know that his opinion is NOT the most important one because the most important person to please with your songwriting… is YOU!!
Ingrid Graudins, Nashville, TN

Vernon Thompson is as kind and generous as he is talented as an artist and mentor. And he’s an incredible artist! So that let’s you know the kind of person whose joy and love for music just permeates everyone in attendance. I am forever grateful for his willingness to share his knowledge and expertise, and for his genuine interest in the works of other songwriters. He will always be atop the list of my favorite people and most inspiring songwriters. What a story he has! What a picker and songwriter he has been! And what a sweet soul he is!
Chris Wood, Athens, GA

Verlon Thompson….not a better writer, a finer player or a nicer man to be found in these parts. If you just watch and listen to him work you will gain a knowledge and an insight into the craft and the “Business we call Show” that you will not find anywhere else. Spend the time… will be glad you did!
Marty Zundel, Jeannette, PA

Verlon is all heart, a genuine, caring, thoughtful person/instructor with many road-worn years of experience that he shares in a compassionate enlightening way.
David McLachlan, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Verlon is much more than an extraordinarily talented songwriter and performer. He has a big welcoming embrace and a love of the craft and of people that breathes through all his teaching in these workshops. You will come away affirmed, inspired and dedicated to a new level of your own craft. I will join him again anytime I can….you should too!
Ashanti Fraser, Rockglen, Saskatchewan, Canada

I attended the 2017 Verlon Thompson Performing Songwriter workshop and It was three of the best days I have experienced. I was given the opportunity to be in the presence of four great writers: Verlon, Shawn Camp, Gretchen Peters and Angela Kaset. Really hated to see it end.
Charles Berryhill, Clinton, KY

Verlon is a very warm and open person. Right from the beginning of our workshop, he created a sense of community beyond what I’d experienced in other groups. He brings people together, while at the same time, clearly recognizes, supports and offers honest direction to each individual in her/his songwriting process. Verlon is an enormously accomplished songwriter and a master of song performance. He makes it all look easy. A three day workshop provides just a glimpse of the treasures he has to offer.
Ellen Gennaro, Nashville, TN

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