Monthly Songwriting Craft Workshops

Our Monthly Songwriting Craft Workshop is all about helping our members become better Songwriters. Our series of workshops will focus on the art and craft of writing songs. We will be learning by doing. These are not just lectures. You will be writing and developing your skills real-time. The key to becoming a better writer is to practice proven techniques and processes to really tap your talent. We welcome writers of all skill levels, genres, and experience. Whether you want to write for fun, expression, or to be published, it all begins with great songs that people want to listen to over and over again. 

Our workshops will provide you with tools and techniques you can use right away in your own songs. We will focus on live education and exercises that will fill your toolbox that you can use over and over again. We will learn and write together. You will leave with real tools  and valuable tips. 

Workshops will deep dive into lyrics, melody, and harmony to help you become a more skilled and efficient writer. We will explore concepts and tricks to help you become the writer you have wanted to be. We will help you write songs that connect with people and get you noticed. We want to help you write awesome songs that you can then bring to our monthly Review Meetings and Showcases. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

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Monthly Songwriting Craft Workshop

Thursday June 13th, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Davanni's Restaurant
41 Cleveland Ave. S.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651-690-4848

Titles and Tempo: Step by Step Techniques to Writing Better Songs

Presenter: Chad Shank

Our June Songwriting Workshop is confirmed! It will be held in St Paul at Davanni’s on Cleveland once again. We can have some great writing and Pizza! The Workshop is Thursday June 13th from 7PM to 9PM.

This Month’s Topic is “Titles and Tempos: Step by Step Techniques to Better Songs.” You will leave this workshop with the start of a new song! We are going to dive in and actually work on writing songs with a step by step process. This is going to be super cool!

What should you bring? Bring a notebook, laptop, or whatever you prefer to write your lyric and song ideas on. We likely won’t be able to have everyone bring their instruments. It may not hurt to bring your idea books, or title ideas. I will lead you through a process of turning those idea-nuggets into songs.

Just some of the things we will explore:

  • 2 Types of Titles
  • 7 Chorus Types
  • What “DNA” can be found in a Title
  • How does tempo affect the emotional center of your songs?
  • Using natural language rhythm and pitch to write your songs
  • Where do you find great titles?
  • Creating Song Plots
  • Making Writing Palettes for more efficient songwriting.
  • Step by Step Process to Write when you don’t feel inspired or have much time

Hope to see you at the Workshop! Here are the details:

MAS June Songwriting Workshop

Thursday June 13th - 7PM to 9PM

Davanni's Restaurant

41 Cleveland Ave. S.

St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone:  651-690-4848

It's at the intersection of Cleveland Ave. and Grand Ave. in St. Paul.

Keep writing! The more you write, the better you get!


We hope you will make plans to join a growing group of songwriters who are working on learning tips and tricks in the craft of songwriting.

In this workshop, we will also be practicing writing exercises to help you learn how to tap into deeper levels of creativity.  You will develop a natural feel to write more emotionally and visually powerful songs. 

This workshop is structured so that  you will leave with writing exercises, song ideas and even some lyrics to help you write your next tune! We look forward to seeing you all there! Bring your song ideas, lyrics in progress and a notebook & pen.