Songwriting Workshop at the Sydney Conservatorium

Giving and receiving meaningful feedback on your creative work is probably the single most important thing to actually developing your practice and seeing your work improve.

Psychologist Anders Ericsson, who famously inspired the idea of the ’10 thousand hours rule’ for developing expert performance level at anything, cites ‘meaningful, specific, and detailed feedback’ as one of the most critical aspects to moving beyond the plateau that most people stop at in their creative practice.

In that spirit, the Songwriting Workshop that I teach at the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy is centred around the combination of weekly projects that fine-tune specific aspects of the songwriting process, with detailed and personal feedback on song projects throughout the term. The next term starts October 14. You can find more information here, and here:

Hope to see you there!

Ask a Songwriter #01: How do you write about the ‘extinction of species’?

Episode #1

“How do you write about a broad concept like “the extinction of species”?

Doris Folkens, Ontario, Canada

How do you get the songwriting process happening when you want to write about a broad concept like “the extinction of species”_Click below to access a free downloadable PDF of this lesson! It contains the information summarized, key writing exercises, and song examples.

How do you get the songwriting process happening when you want to write about a broad concept like “the extinction of species”_