We're thrilled to be able to make this weekend songwriting workshop an annual offering from one of the Guild's best-loved instructors! Past students rave about Jan's ability to create a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment for new music to emerge.
The Grunewald Guild songwriting workshop is the coming together of generous and supportive instructors and students, in support of the creative journey we are on collectively and individually. This weekend workshop will culminate with a Sunday-morning coffee house performance of songs created in the class.
All experience levels welcome, from beginning songwriters to songwriting veterans. Ages 16+
What will class time be like? Will I need to work outside of class?
This workshop will begin with writing exercises designed to kickstart the writing process. Our time together will begin with instruction, conversation, and opportunities to work on the song assignment or prompt handed out on the first day. Later in the workshop, we will shift our focus to the art of the re-write as we analyze our work in a supportive and affirming atmosphere. While there will be time in class to work, most of the writing will be done outside of class.
What can I expect to create?
Students can expect to write, arrange and perform at least one new song.
What should I bring to class?
Please bring a notebook and writing utensil, as well as any musical instruments you may wish to incorporate in your songwriting. A piano is available for use in the Centrum building.
THURSDAY Guest check-in from 3 - 6pm.
7:30 Welcome & Open Mic Performance
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
9:15-12:15 Scheduled Class Time
2 - 5 Free Time: Writing, Rest, Recreation
7:30 Evening Gathering
8 am Continental Breakfast
9 am Coffeehouse Performance of Songs
10:30 Concluding Brunch
$515 covers tuition + materials, all meals (Thurs dinner - Sun brunch) & lodging in a shared room (Thurs - Sat nights). Click here for a full list of on-site housing options & costs.
$235 covers tuition + materials for the class only.
This workshop grew out of the energy and community of the Guild's week-long summer songwriting class -- and students are encouraged to consider signing up for both. Find this year's Summer Song School here.