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Songwriting Intensive

2019 dates available – Register Now

June 6th through 9th – 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 the beautiful campus of Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, 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 6-9, 2019) by March 30th and receive a $50 discount. Remember, all meals are included with the event. For more information please call 800-406-4224.

Click here for a letter from Gloria on this year’s Songwriting Intensive!

Clinicians for this Year’s event

Michael Kelly Blanchard—master musical story-teller and troubadour.

Cindy Morgan—12 Dove Award winning contemporary recording artist-song writer, and mentor to young artists and writers.

Buddy Greene—favorite Homecoming singer/harmonica master/writer and authority on bluegrass and authentic American folk music.

Nichole Nordeman—Seasoned and professional Contemporary songwriter, singer, and recording artist with a richly diverse catalog of story, worship, and gospel songs.

Todd Syswerda—Professor of Music and head of the Songwriting Major at IWU, Dr. Syswerda with will be leading an evening session in useful and necessary principals of theory and composition for songwriters.

Gloria Gaither—lyric writer, script writer, book author, and educator with a passionate heart for young people and a mission to raise the quality bar on songwriting in all of its genres.

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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: 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 – 80 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