Songwriting From the Inside Out With Gretchen Peters
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.
Class is limited to 20 students. This includes three days of workshops (Thursday/Friday/Saturday), a Wednesday Aug. 21 dinner with Gretchen in a Nashville home to meet each other the night before classes start, one-on-one meeting with Gretchen, a special surprise evening of music, buffet breakfast Thur & Fri mornings at Scarritt Bennett Center, and a closing night dinner together on that Saturday.