Discover new song ideas and hone your craft in this group 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 opportunities to share whatever you're working on, and you'll receive writing prompts to help generate more potential material for new songs.

The workshop is open to all levels of songwriting and instrumental ability. Workshops are taught both in person (in the Syracuse, New York, area) and online. See below for upcoming dates.

Advance registration is required, and space is limited to allow for more interaction and individual attention. The cost is $90 for four sessions.


April 1–22, Songwriting Sessions Online
Four consecutive Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern
Special guest Peter Mulvey joins the final session on 4/22

4/1 Starting points: games and exercises to stir musical and lyrical ideas
4/8 Build a structure: understanding form, developing chord progressions, and more
4/15 Follow the story: creating an arc and carrying an idea to its full potential
4/22 The editing process: take your songs to the next level

How online sessions work

  • When you register, you'll receive a link for attending the live meeting (through the easy-to-use Zoom video conferencing platform).
  • You can attend by computer or phone. Using microphone-equipped earbuds or a headset may improve the sound quality, but they aren't essential.
  • During the session, you'll have opportunities to ask questions, give feedback, and share your own work. For presenting a song idea, you can either perform it live or play a pre-recorded demo.
  • A recording of each session will be available afterward for you to review, along with a transcript of the text chat and links to any files that were shared.
  • You'll also have access to a private Facebook group, the Words and Music Lounge, for continuing the conversation and staying in contact with fellow songwriters.

Questions? Email Jeffrey