The Songwriter’s Advocate Online School
September 17th - October 22nd, 2019
The Songwriter’s Advocate Online School is a 6-week course geared to help you grow in your proficiency as a songwriter. These 60-minute classes will help you get out of head and start writing. If you are a beginner or a seasoned songwriter, this school will help you.
We will discuss a variety of subjects that songwriter need. These include unlocking creativity, theology in songwriting, capturing and refining ideas, co-writing, crafting stronger and more memorable lyrics, creating consistency in your songs, copyrighting, publishing and more.
During these six weeks, you will be challenged both as a writer and as an individual. It’s my firm belief that songwriters are some of the most influential people in society and that their songs shape the lives. It is my intent to not only help you become a better songwriter but also to help you understand the weight you carry as an influencer and how to yield that influence with responsibility.
In this school, you will be given weekly writing assignments that will be reviewed by your peers and school staff. In addition to the live class sessions, you will also be given access to a private Facebook group for the sake of writing, reviewing and collaborating with your classmates.
These classes will be held every Tuesday night at 7:30PM EST starting September 17th, 2019 and ending October 22nd, 2019. Classes will be held via Zoom and connection instructions will be sent out to registrants ahead of our first session.
Special guest speakers are anticipated and will be announced.
September 17th: Understanding Creativity
Topics: Self-criticism, comparison, creativity as a muscle, motivations of the songwriter
September 24th: Starting and Finishing A Song
Topics: How to start, keeping track of ideas, finding inspiration
October 1st: Consistency in Your Song
Topics: Timing and meter, theme, melody
October 8th: Finding and Crafting Your Theme
Topics: Finding something unique to say, the functions of each section of a song, personal vs corporate themes
October 15th: The Responsibility of the Songwriter
Topics: Theology in songwriting, stewarding your influence, themes to avoid, telling your story through song
October 22nd: Publishing Crash Course (and tidying up loose ends)
Topics: Registering and protecting your songs, publishers vs,. self-publishing