Select Wednesdays at 8 pm EST (starting January 19th)
Have you ever wanted to write a song, but just don’t know where to begin? Do you have partially written songs that you’ve been unable to finish because you get stuck after the initial inspiration? Are you a poet or a musician who is looking for a supportive and creative environment to develop your ideas into songs?
Join us for this six-week, interactive workshop on songwriting, designed especially for those in the sober community who want to try their hand at writing songs.
With an understanding that the process of self-expression can be scary, especially in early sobriety, this workshop will be focused on sharing unfinished material and providing supportive, constructive feedback, with the aim of helping each participant complete their own song or songs. You will also gain entry to the Songwriting Facebook community group where you can share your progress and listen to and support others in their songwriting journey!
We will start with a brief overview of song forms (and their component parts) found in popular music. We will then ask participants to give constructive feedback on songs or song ideas presented by their fellow workshop participants (including the instructor!). Participants will use the feedback and guidance of the class to develop and complete their song(s). At the end of the six weeks, each participant will have the opportunity to showcase their finished work on an online platform where everyone can provide comment and support their fellow workshop participants.
While this workshop is designed to be a six-week process, participants are welcome to join at any time during this creative journey. Experience playing a chordal musical instrument is helpful, but not required!
Please note- you will need to register for each individual session. Use the links below to register for the date(s) you will attend:
Wednesday, January 19th at 8pm EST: REGISTER
Wednesday, February 2nd at 8pm EST: REGISTER
Wednesday, February 9th at 8pm EST: REGISTER
Wednesday, February 16th at 8pm EST: REGISTER
Wednesday, March 2nd at 8pm EST: REGISTER
Wednesday, March 9th at 8pm EST: REGISTER
Meet Special Guest Instructor Miles Thompson!
Miles Thompson is a performing songwriter who blends elements of Folk, Country, Blues and Rock in songs that range from heartbreaking to
celebratory. His rich baritone voice and melodic guitar style have gained him a loyal and growing audience in the Philadelphia area. Miles has had his songs recorded and performed by such artists as Jefferson Berry, Teri Rambo and Rock Salt and Nails.
Miles has performed at the prestigious Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Xtreme Folk Festival, acoustic-music venues, and house concerts in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is a regular performer at the legendary Mermaid Inn, in Philadelphia, and The Miles Thompson Band was featured live on the Folk Show on WXPN-FM.
Many of Miles Thompson’s songs can be found here: https://www.reverbnation.com/milesthompson/songs