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Big Sur Songwriter's Workshop


Our 11th annual songwriting gathering will take place Saturday and Sunday the 21st and 22nd of March, 2015. The workshop will be held in Santa Cruz, where we'll be meeting in the home of the Resource Center for Nonviolence at 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060. Santa Cruz is a wonderful place to visit. There are many types of accommodations in the area, from basic motel rooms to lovely B&Bs. There are also many good places to eat within walking distance of the venue. Information on the town and hotels and restaurants as well as local attractions can be found at www.santacruz.com .

While our significant others (kids are welcome too) explore Santa Cruz and the Monterey Peninsula, those of us dedicated to improving our songwriting will work from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday with an hour break for lunch.

From 7:00 to 10:00 PM both nights we'll open up the conference center to everybody and we'll all get to perform for the whole group. Attendance for the evenings isn't mandatory in case you'd rather enjoy your evening in Santa Cruz or Monterey.

We must limit the workshop to just fifteen people due to the size of the room. We will do some teaching but we've found that the best use of the time we have together is to listen to each other's songs and discuss the issues that are common to all of us. It does seem that one round of songs will bring up just about all of the relevant issues, and it's helpful to see how people have found different solutions to some of the same problems.

The fee for attending the workshop and all activities connected with it is $125. We ask that those who wish to reserve a place send a non-refundable deposit of $25.

We'll need to have the remaining $100 by March 1st to make sure that those on the waiting list have a chance to make plans to attend if anyone drops out. Please make your check payable to Compass Rose Music and send it to the address below.

You may wish to order Steve's book, Songwriting and the Creative Process, if you don't already have it. You can order it from our online store here.

We encourage serious songwriters from all skill levels. We feel we have a lot to share with each other, and that spending time together will have many benefits only one of which is improving our songwriting. We plan to have a keyboard and CD and cassette player on hand, and extra guitars if you are flying and don't want to bring one. Please let us know if you have any other questions; we look forward to discussing the project with you.

To read excerpts from "Songwriting and the Creative Process" click here.

You can print this page and send it with your deposit check. Please write in your name and address and e-mail address if you have one.

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Make your check payable to:

Compass Rose Music
P.O.Box 1501
Bennington, VT 05201

If you would like more information about the workshop, please send an e-mail message to gillette.steve@comcast.net

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