In August we will be running our first ever Songwriting Weekend at Pickhams in Wilmington, East Sussex. If you or somebody you know is interested in songwriting, we invite you to book a place today.
As this will be our first Songwriting Weekend and we’re testing the waters, we’re asking for just £75 for the whole weekend including camping and food!
Programme for the weekend
On Saturday we’ll gather in the garden at 10am to start with a Songwriter’s Circle – introductions, discussion about your songwriting journey (or whether this is your first step on the journey), experiences, processes, barriers and solutions.
We’ll discuss some ideas for writing songs from stories and see if any natural collaborations start to form – strong lyricists working with those whose strengths lay in the creation of melodies. You don’t have to collaborate – if you’d rather work soon your own, that’s fine. There are several break out areas in the garden where you can work on your new songs, with a break for a light lunch.
After sharing what we’ve all been working on and discussing our achievements, we’ll ‘down tools’ at about 5pm so there’s time for you to set up tents. At about 6.30pm we’ll have a simple but hearty meal (we’re providing food, feel free to bring a bottle of your favourite tipple) then we will spend the evening noodling round the campfire before settling down for the night. Not everyone is camping but we hope you’ll all stay for a while into the evening.
On Sunday, for those who’d like a morning constitutional, we’ll go for a countryside walk after a continental style breakfast (8.30am ish). Then it’s back for 10am to start work on songs, perhaps starting a new collaboration, with another sharing session after lunch.
We’ll set up a stage for some performance practice to round off the weekend before you all head home at about 5pm.
NOTE: Camping is optional – it’s off grid and for tents or tiny camper-vans only. Composting toilets. Cold water.
If you don’t have a tent, we have a couple that we could lend.
Non-participating partners are welcome to join you for £35 to cover food (please book in advance). All food is suitable for vegetarians – let us know of any dietary preferences or allergies.
Start 10am Saturday, end 5pm Sunday.
Book Now by emailing with the following info:
  • Who would like to attend? (full name/s):
  • Contact number:
  • Any non-participating partner/s coming?:
  • Do you have a tent or a small camper-van? (which and approximately what size):
  • Any special dietary requirements and any allergies we should be aware of?:
  • Any questions?:

Once we receive your email we will reply with payment instructions.