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Songwriting Intensive

June 7-10, 2018 – 4 Day Event

For those who are serious about delving into the craft of songwriting and want to learn from accomplished songwriters, Gloria Gaither invites you to her hometown of Alexandria, Indiana where she will host her annual “Songwriting Intensive”. The weekend will include classes with all clinicians, 9 delicious meals, collaboration with artists in small intimate settings and the opportunity to learn from Gloria Gaither and other distinguished songwriters. Get your reservation for this year’s Songwriting Intensive (June 7-10, 2018) by March 30th and receive a $50 discount. Remember, all meals are included with the event. For more information please call 765-724-8405 or 800-520-4664

Clinician Bios

Gloria Gaither – accomplished lyricist, author and speaker – has been married to singer/songwriter Bill Gaither for 50 years. The proud parents of three and grandparents of seven, Bill and Gloria still live in the small town of Alexandria, Indiana where they first met teaching high school English.

Gloria graduated from Anderson University cum laude with honors (and majors) in English, French, and Sociology. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Literature from Ball State University and has remained involved in higher education; serving on the Board of Directors of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and has also served on the Board of the United Christian College Fund. Lyricist for over 700 songs she has been elected to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and, along with her husband, is the recipient of many Dove and Grammy awards. She has received honorary doctorates from eight colleges and universities including her alma mater.

In addition to her acclaimed songwriting, Gloria has authored more than a score of books for adults and children, created greeting card lines, produced a video series for children (Homecoming Kids Series), contributed to dozens of periodicals and was instrumental in creating Homecoming Magazine.

Babby Mason has not only written great songs for many years, she has also taught songwriting at numerous workshops and in higher education. Babby is walking inspiration who will teach us new songwriting skills and techniques, as well as, help us fine tune the skills we have already acquired. We are excited about the insights she will share at this years Songwriting Intensive!

Stuart Townsend, acclaimed worship leader from the UK, has penned a number of this generations outstanding worship songs. His works include, “How Deep the Father’s Love,” “The Power of the Cross,” with Keith Getty “In Christ Alone,” and “Who Is There Like You?” Stuart will lead us to the Source of music and worship, teaching us how better to listen and tune in.

Michael Hawn brings the perspective of global music, stretching our songwriting minds to include rhythms and feels in music that most of us have never used or even heard. Director of the sacred music program at the Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University, Michael will expose us to streams of singing and coax us to try sounds of Japan, Africa, and other nationalities.

Gloria Gaither will focus on writing the gospel and using the right idioms in words that fit idioms in music, including creating new hymns for the singing church (inside and outside buildings), and also, the “church in bud,” our children. Bill will be involved in the evening sessions, as well as, worship times. As you know, our desire is that this weekend will be much more than just stimulating classes and great fellowship. We hope there is a real and lasting melt-down of hearts and so much joy that we have to write it out the rest of our lives!


Q: I’ve never written a song, but would love to. Is this workshop for me?

A: Yes! Each year we have attendees with different levels of songwriting skill and experience.

Q: Will there be an opportunity for the clinicians to critique my work?

A: The workshop schedule is strategically planned so that attendees get the most out of their time. Although there is no formal critique included in the agenda, the clinicians are available throughout the weekend to answer questions and offer advice.

Q: Am I expected to perform my song?

A: No. However, we encourage you to bring them so you can collaborate with others.

Q: Do I have to write the music and lyrics?

A: No. Oftentimes, songwriters either write the lyrics or compose the music.

Q: I have a song partially written, but feel stuck. Will someone be available to help me?

A: Yes. The weekend will provide the opportunity to meet other aspiring writers from around the country. There are informal times scheduled for collaboration.

Q: Is transportation provided?

A: No. You are responsible for your transportation throughout the weekend.

Q: Are hotel accommodations and meals included in the tuition?

A: Accommodations are not included, however, we encourage attendees to stay in the HOST HOTEL to interact with other songwriters. Nine meals are included in the tuition price and served on site.

Q: Can I promote my work during the weekend?

A: The purpose of the weekend is to improve your songwriting skills, not self-promotion.

Q: What is the attire?

A: There is no preferred attire. Indiana during June is typically warm, so please dress very comfortably.

Q: What is the expected attendance?

A: It varies each year, but usually 50 – 70 people.

Q: Do most people attend alone?

A: Yes, but by the end of the weekend, most attendees have made many new friends!

Q: Should I bring my songs with me.

A: Yes, please do!

Q: If my family comes along, are there things for them to do?

A: Absolutely! East Central and Central Indiana has many attractions that your family is sure to enjoy.

Bill Presenting

Gloria & Rory Feek

Dinner Session

Breakout Session

Songwriters Collaborating

Songwriters Panel

Students Practicing

ASCAP Awards