Gretchen Peters has announced a new 2 day songwriting workshop to take place at Queens Hall in Edinburgh at the end of July.
This will be the first time Peters has held a workshop in the UK and will provide a unique opportunity to study with one of America and Nashville’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.
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.