Songwriting: What A Day For A Daydream | Nov 3-5, 2017


Songwriting: What A Day For A Daydream | Nov 3-5, 2017


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Instructors: Claire Lynch & Louisa Branscomb

($240 tuition + $76-266 lodging & meals package of choice)

Have you ever heard a successful songwriter say they “downloaded a song from the universe?”

Relaxed, expansive, contemplative, humorous, playful--Are these words that describe your songwriting process?

Come explore what the creative process can be like. Then, discover what post-inspiration tools to use to craft your song in a colorful way—true to your intent and effective in delivering your message to others.

Class Prerequisite: All levels are welcome, as this workshop focuses on where you are now as a songwriter and how to enhance your own personal process. In the crafting section, this workshop assumes you have a basic knowledge of rhyme and rhythm. Most participants in similar workshops presented by Louisa and Claire have written some songs, but this is not essential because the focus is on whether the song is saying what YOU want it to say.

Required Class Materials: Students should bring at least ten (10) copies of all lyrics they intend to share with the class.

Class Level: Beginner/Novice, Multi-Level

Three-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year, Claire Lynch is an award-winning tunesmith and one of Bluegrass’s most beloved acts. She’s thrice been nominated for a GRAMMY and is the 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship Award. After seven years as a Music Row songwriter and eighteen years on the Rounder Records label, she co-wrote and recorded "Dear Sister" for Compass Records and garnered IBMA's 2014 Song of the Year.  For more information, visit

Louisa Branscomb, PhD is one of the most awarded songwriters and performers in acoustic music, with 3 International Bluegrass Association Awards, another 6 nominations, two Grammy cuts (Alison Krauss and John Denver), 2014 Song of the Year ("Dear Sister," with Lynch), 190 recorded original songs by artists including Krauss, Denver, Dale Ann Bradley, Claire Lynch, and others.  Her classic Steel Rails, (SPBGMA Song of the Year, 1991) is to date the longest running chart hit in bluegrass (also a Billboard country hit), while "Dear Sister" topped charts in bluegrass, Americana, and folk. Louisa is considered a "pioneer" in bluegrass as a woman performer, instructor, and in her role as advocate for songwriters. She has refined her model of teaching songwriting over 26 years of producing workshops at her retreat, Woodsong Farm Songwriting Retreat, where she has had some 1000 attendees. Louisa formed the non-profit ScreenDoor Songwriter Alliance, which has hosted 2 major songwriting festivals and programs to assist high risk children and adults with songwriting as a tool for transformation and healing. As a songwriting instructor and presenter, Louisa blends two lifelong callings - songwriting and a specialty in creativity and transformation as a psychologist. She is currently recording her 12th album of original music.  Learn more about Louisa at

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