Nashville, TN, United States

Scarritt Bennett Center

9:00 AM
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Songwriting From the Inside Out

A great song, like all art, holds a mirror up and reflects who we are. Songwriting, at its heart, is storytelling, and telling your story in a compelling way comes down to authenticity. It’s about what you say, and what you don’t say. It’s about the truth, not necessarily the facts. In this workshop, we’ll explore the process of songwriting—the art and the craft, and the delicate balance between the two. We’ll learn how to keep a sense of creative play and when (and how) to welcome the inner critic into the room. We’ll find ways to work through “writer’s block.” We’ll learn that only through the specific do you achieve the universal—the holy grail in songwriting and all writing. We’ll learn to write from the inside out, beginning with the spark of an idea and following it all the way to its full realization.

This three-day workshop will include:

  • Build backstories for songs
  • Finding the melody of a character
  • How to arrange a song
  • Surprise Guest Speakers & Musical events
  • Song Critiques & sharpening skills with me
  • A One-on-One session with me

In addition to the intensive days of songwriting, you’ll enjoy a surprise once-in-a-lifetime private concert, a closing night group dinner and song circle, buffet breakfasts on Thursday and Friday mornings, surprise guest songwriting friends of mine who will join us and inspire you, and an opening night dinner on Wednesday evening Aug. 12 at a Nashville home with me and the class!

Songwriting From the Inside Out With Gretchen Peters

Venue Details

1027 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
United States