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NEW!! Master class on Thursday, June 1

  • limited to 4 per teacher
  • 10am-12pm
  • lunch with the group
  • 1pm-4pm
  • COST: $100 ($90 if added to weekend SG workshop)
  • Presenters:
    • Don Henry
    • Craig Carothers
    • Gene Nelson
    • Matt Lindsey

The Workshops will include the usual song reviews in small groups, one panel song review, plus Q and A with the entire workshop leaders. Matt Lindsey, of Matt Lindsey Music, will also be available for a session on the industry side of the writing music and for a pitch session .... as always, there is no solicitation of songs to anyone .... if someone asks for a copy of one or more of songs .. cool!!!

COST: $175 ($150 alumni) includes one admission to all concerts

BRING: AT LEAST 8 copies of lyrics of songs you would like reviewed, your songs on demo CD is the preferred way to present, a handheld mini recorder is very helpful (digital, mini cassete)


  • Don Henry - returning
  • Gene Nelson - returning
  • Matt Lindsey - returning
  • Rob Crosby - new to SG
  • Craig Carothers- new to SG
  • Barry Dean - new to SG

Matt LindseyMatt Lindsey
music publisher, song plugger, has worked with songwriters Tony Arata, Pat Algers, Pete Wasner, Steve Wariner, Pam Tillis and more. Also has his own songs recorded by Gene Watson, Ricky Skaggs, Perfect Stranger, Moe Bandy, Ricky Van Shelton, The Girls Next Door. ... click here to read more


February 24-26,2006
The 1st Songwriters Winter Retreat .... happened!!


Oh yeah. A great writing/creative workshop (sold out) for all levels of writers willing to work hard and work thru songs. Some re-wrote and came back into workshop with masterpieces .. gotta love it. Thank you Michael and Don for putting in the overtime....

Don Henry and Michael Johnson were the mentors PLUS provided a sold out concert at the SONGBIRD CAFE in Custer.

It just may happen again next year .. we'll keep ya posted.

We will give you email's of past participants upon request --- they can tell more about the Songwriters Gallery.

"It was a pleasure and an honor to be around such attentive writers. I feel like I had more to learn than I had to give."

Michael Johnson

"The Songwriters Gallery winter retreat was fantastic.
To be in such secluded surroundings just soaking up life without a traffic jam in sight... what an escape! Just deer and snow and crystal clear air...and that early morning moon! Oh yeah, and songs, songs, songs! As hard as I worked while I was there, it never felt like work until I hit the bed at night and slept like a baby. A song-fed baby! Thanks to David Lee Brown and crew for inviting me to participate and hang out with folks who just can't help but write songs. Believe me, I understand! Lover of songs and songwriters,"

Don Henry

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