July 10, 2016 | 2:30 to 5:30 PM | 56 17th Street NE


What makes a song a good song? What are great lyrics? An inspired melody?

If you've written (or want to write) songs, how do you know when they're ready for the stage?

When these basic questions go unanswered, ignored or avoided, we become insecure, confused and blocked. Unfortunately no one can give us the answer either. Great writing and great art comes from remembering how to listen and how to trust ourselves.

In this afternoon intensive we will explore songs, songwriting, and how to write the songs we really want to hear.

Through song sharing, creative writing exercises, and constructive critique we will address:

  • The craft of songwriting (song structure, rhyme scheme, tricks and tools)

  • How to create vivid and unique lyrics

  • Breaking through habits (chords and melodies)

  • The story behind the story

  • Writing from the places that scare us

Come prepared to share an original song (if you have one) and a work in process (if you have one)

What to bring:

  • Guitar (or other instrument - there will be pianos available)

  • Pen and paper

  • Your enthusiasm and creativity

This workshop is for songwriters of all levels, age 15 and up.

Please be willing to sing.

Playing a musical instrument is encouraged but not a prerequisite

Eliot Bronson is nationally touring singer/songwriter and award winning artist. His most recent album was produced by grammy winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Strugill Simpson, Jason Isbell)Eliot has taken home 1st place awards in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and Eddie's Attic Songwriter Shootout. He has also been a finalist in the New Song Contest in NYC, the Kerrville Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest and was named Best Songwriter in Atlanta by Creative Loafing. Paste Magazine called his self titled album "An Americana Gem."