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What are the songwriting challenges all about?
Here at the Minnesota Association of Songwriters, we offer a series of online activities. One activity is participating in a songwriting challenge.
Writers are given a chance to sign up for a particular challenge. A certain criteria or prompt is given, and songwriters will write using that prompt.
It could be a preselected topic, a title of a song, a specific chord progression, use of a craft technique… anything we feel like throwing at them.
We know we have writers at different levels of experience. For that, we now offer three prompt levels to choose from: Easy-peasy, I Got This, and You Asked for It! This way, everyone who wants to participate, can.
We allow up to 30-days to complete and submit the song. But
it's not a contest, race, or competition in anyway. It's a fun exercise, keeping the creative juices flowing.
Besides the writing, members really enjoy seeing what their fellow songwriters have created using the same prompt they did.
We often include skills presented in a recent craft workshop as part of the challenge. This gives writers a chance to put what they’ve learned to practical use.
What kind of challenges do we offer?
We offer two songwriting challenges: solo songwriting and co-writing challenges.
Solo challenges are as you’d guess. Songwriters write a song by themselves. They have the freedom to come up with whatever they feel like for lyrics, or lyrics and music.
While this gives total independence and freedom, it also gives them full responsibility to come up with the song on their own.
In co-writing challenges, writers have two options.
They can prearrange one or more writers to write a song with them. Or, as many enjoy doing, they’ll let us randomly match them with one or more writers for the ultimate surprise writing experience.
When are songwriting challenges offered?
We offer co-writing challenges to our members periodically throughout the year. Usually every two months or so, giving you plenty of opportunity to join in some songwriting fun. We alternate between the two songwriting challenges.
If you have any questions about our songwriting challenges, want to find out if we are running a promotion with open sign ups, or have any question about our membership… feel free to e-mail us anytime.