Wednesday, October 2, 2024

Two-Day Songwriting Workshop with Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier

About Two-Day Songwriting Workshop with Mary Gauthier

Finding and Using Your Songwriting Voice: Masterclass/Songwriting workshop with Mary Gauthier

The purpose of this class is to help songwriters increase their overall understanding of the art and craft of songwriting. Mary has a hands-on approach that encourages songwriters to take risks, be brave, and dig deep. She will offer students valuable tools for their songwriting tool kits, knowing that the more tools a songwriter has, the better writer they will become. There will be short lectures, songwriting prompts, and Mary will also answer questions and provide feedback on students songs.
Mary has 20 years of experience working with songwriters in this way, and her new book on the art of songwriting, Saved by a Song on St. Martin’s Press has been called, “a Must-Read Music Book” by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Songwriters will walk away from this workshop with insider songwriting knowledge that usually takes years to figure out.

“With songwriting as powerful as hers, there’s no need to go looking for qualifiers. She’s a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice. And there’s never a surplus of those.” — Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Time

Her eleventh album, the first record in over 8 years consisting of all her own songs, Dark Enough to See the Stars, follows the profound antidote to trauma, Rifles & Rosary Beads, her 2018 collaborative work with wounded Iraq war veterans. It garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album, as well as a nomination for Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association. Publication of her first book, the illuminating Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting, in 2021, brought her more praise. Brandi Carlile has said, “Mary’s songwriting speaks to the tender aspects of our humanness. We need her voice in times like these more than we ever have.” The Associated Press called Gauthier “one of the best songwriters of her generation.”

Mary’s songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Dolly Parton, Boy George, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Mike Farris, Kathy Mattea, Bobby Bare, Amy Helm and Candi Staton and have appeared extensively in Film and Television, most recently on HBO TV’s Yellowstone.

This workshop will be held over 2 days on Wednesday, October 2 from 10am-5pm (with a break for lunch) and Thursday, October 3 from 10am-Noon. Workshop registration includes both days’ sessions as well as admission for Mary’s concert on Thursday evening at 6:30pm in the Fruitlands Museum event tent.

Trustees Member $550. Nonmember $650.
Space is limited and pre-registration required.

Any Questions? Email Michael Busack at

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