Discover new song ideas and hone your craft in this workshop led by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, author of The Complete Singer-Songwriter, and a teacher of courses on songwriting and creative writing at Syracuse University.  

In four weekly sessions, we’ll play around with words and music through writing games and exercises, and we’ll discuss strategies for finding and nurturing song ideas. Each week you’ll have a prompt or assignment to help generate more potential material for new songs.

The workshop is open to all levels of songwriting and instrumental ability. Bring your instrument if you like, play the house acoustic guitar or piano, or just use your voice—that’s a great way to write. Bring a notebook too.

The workshop meets in Fayetteville, New York (near Syracuse), on four consecutive Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m., starting on February 5. Advance registration is required and limited to eight participants. The cost is $90 for four sessions.

Interested in single sessions? Email Jeffrey to be added to a waiting list. Indicate which session(s) you'd like to attend if space becomes available. 

Not in the Syracuse area? Online songwriting sessions are coming soon. Join the email list to stay tuned.

Schedule

Feb. 5 Starting points: games and exercises to stir musical and lyrical ideas

Feb. 12 Build a structure: understanding form, developing chord progressions, and more

Feb. 19 Follow the story: creating an arc and carrying an idea to its full potential

Feb. 26 The editing process: take your songs to the next level