November 2-4


November 2-4


Write better songs in a fun group setting without leaving your house. Jonathan Byrd is an award-winning, internationally touring songwriter and an experienced teacher. By the end, you'll be teaching each other!

"...everything about your workshop, from the examples and song prompts you gave, to the teacher and peer critiques, took me straight to where I needed and wanted to be. I laughed, I cried, I wrote, I rewrote, I finished. What a great feeling! Saying I'm grateful doesn't begin to cover it."

"It was great to be at home for this!  Not just because it was so economical, but because I was able to get the peace and solitude I need to write."

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We'll meet on Zoom, an easy-to-use video conferencing service. You'll quickly feel as if you are in the same room with everyone. After the retreat, you’ll receive download links to video recordings of each session, along with screenshots of your lyric whiteboards that we use to notate feedback in the group setting.


7pm icebreaker - Welcome! Group writing exercises. Get songwriting prompts and get started.

8pm Jonathan Byrd mini-concert with exposition and discussion about each song


10am - imagery and characterization
10:30am - melody: rhythm, repetition, variation
11am - setting: furniture, weather, food, smells

noon lunch

1 - 5pm: - 30-minute individual mentoring sessions

7pm - Song circle. Share what you have, learn to critique, and accept critique. Develop a plan to move forward and finish.


1pm - Get together and share songs one more time with improvements from the previous night's feedback. Share tools to keep this creative energy flowing long-term!

Post: Video recordings and whiteboard screenshots of each session available for download.