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Gretchen Peters: 2 Day Songwriting Workshop

28 July 2016 at 9:00am

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT, BUT PLEASE CALL OUR BOX OFFICE ON 0131 668 2019 IF YOU WISH TO BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.


Thu 28.7.16: 9am-5pm and Fri 29.7.16: 9am-9.30pm - Schedule: see column on left


A unique opportunity to study with Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Inductee Gretchen Peters, one of America’s leading songwriters, in Edinburgh’s prime music venue in Scotland’s Capital City.
 
One of the oldest phrases in any language must be ‘tell me a story.’ Songwriting is storytelling, and telling your story in a compelling way is all about detail. 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 - and that’s the Holy Grail in songwriting and all writing. We write to find out who we are, and in the process we find out we are not alone. (Gretchen)

This two-day workshop with Gretchen will include:

  •  Writing authentically: how to build the back story for your characters
  •  Using detail and imagery
  •  How to keep your sense of creative play alive and when to “invite the editor” into the writing room
  •  Finding the melody
  •  How to arrange a song
  •  Song critiques & sharpening skills with Gretchen                 
  •  One-on-One session with Gretchen
  •  Group song circle

Gretchen will be joined by long term collaborator Barry Walsh in song arranging sessions.

Website www.gretchenpeters.com
Twitter @gretchenpeters

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Gretchen Peters: 2 Day Songwriting Workshop
Event Gretchen Peters: 2 Day Songwriting Workshop
Date 28 July 2016 at 9:00am
Tickets £320 + £2 booking fee per ticket. This fee is charged on all sales for this event (ie telephone, internet, in person).

Plus £1 transaction fee for entire booking if purchased via telephone, post or online. The Queen’s Hall Tickets & Information: 0131 668 2019

Thursday, July 28
8:45 Sign up for your 10 minute One-on-One meeting with Gretchen (one slot per student); each session will be 10 minutes and can include song critique, career mentoring or topic of your choice.
We’ll do the first half of the class on Thursday, the second half on Friday.

9:00 - 11:30 Morning Class: “Developing a Backstory For Your Character”
11:30 - 2:30 Lunch on your own and free writing time/assigned writing exercises
[12:00 - 2:00 Scheduled One-on-One Meetings for 10 people with Gretchen]
2:00 - 3:00 Afternoon Class: “Finding the Melody”
3:00 - 5:30 Full Group Song Work with Gretchen: 10 will play a song
5:30 - 6:00 Closing Session with Gretchen

Friday, July 29
9:00 - 11:30 Morning Class: “Using Detail—Show, Don’t Tell”
11:30 - 2:30 Lunch on your own and free writing time/assigned writing exercises
[12:00 - 2:00 Scheduled One-on-One Meetings for 10 people with Gretchen]
2:00 - 4:30 Full Group Song Work with Gretchen: 10 will play a song
4:30 - 5:30 Gretchen and special guest Barry Walsh: “Arranging Your Song”
5:30 - 6:00 Closing Session with Gretchen
6:30 - 10:00 Student-Led Song Circle for those who want to join

Suggested reading:
Stephen King, “On Writing”
Jimmy Webb, “Tunesmith”
Paul Zollo, “Songwriters On Songwriting”

Please bring: your instrument* (if you play one), some way of taking notes (paper & pen or digital recorder), writing materials (paper & pen or laptop/tablet), whatever you need to keep yourself hydrated and fed (these will be two very full days, with minimal breaks except for the midday one!), and an open heart and mind.
*keyboard will be provided in the classroom