Song and Word workshops will return in 2009. Feel free to browse through the
2007 schedule to see the type of workshops we put together
and the high quality of our workshop leaders.

Follow your passion for songwriting and writing

  • Join a songandword  workshop for women where everyone’s creative spirit will be valued and their work will be honored.
  • In our workshops, you are an individual in a small group of women spending a weekend with a presenter rather than one among dozens, or hundreds, of participants at a conference.
  • Enjoy maximum interaction with an expert and about 15 hours of instruction, including a one-on-one consultation with the presenter.
  • A songandword  workshop on sparsely populated Shaw Island is an opportunity to learn from songwriters, writers and marketing experts who understand your hopes and fears, who will share their insights into craft and business, offer techniques that will lead to success, and tell their inspirational stories.
  • This year, nurture your creative spirit in a high-quality songandword  workshop. Take the chance to write from the heart in a safe, supportive environment in a secluded waterfront home. Take a chance on yourself.

“Every once in awhile you just need to get away to a place where you can focus on your passion. The environment you two have created allows us to be comfortable and open with our music. Plus the landscape and harbor seals doesn’t hurt either. Thanks for opening your home and hearts to us.” -- Angie, Portland, Ore.

Songandword’s 2007 season includes Grammy-nominated and
songwriters and successful authors

  • Grammy-nominated songwriter Kye Fleming, A Song Journey Workshop,” May 4-6; more than 45 songwriting awards, including Billboard Song of the Year (twice), BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year (twice) and BMI Country Songwriter of the Year (three times); and as music publisher, the 2002 ASCAP Song of the Year.

  • Grammy-nominated songwriter Steve Seskin, Capture the Magic: Write Memorable, Meaningful, Moving Songs,” Sept. 14-16; written seven #1 songs, including Grammy-nominated Grown Men Don’t Cry (Tim McGraw) and Don’t Laugh at Me, NSAI Song of the Year and Music Row Magazine Song of the Year. His other chart-toppers are No Doubt About It, For a Change, No Man’s Land, If You’ve Got Love, Daddy’s Money.

  • Singer/songwriter Cosy Sheridan, Songwriting: Heart, Head, and Voice,” May 18-20; award-winning songwriter has performed from Carnegie Hall to The Dr. Demento Show; released several CDs and written a one-woman show; taught at songwriting camps all over the country, including the California Coast Music Camp.

  • Songwriting and music-business consultant John Braheny and creativity consultant JoAnn Braheny; Songcraft, Creativity and Marketing,” tentatively June (email us at if interested). One of the most respected names in the music industry, John wrote the songwriters’ bible, The Craft and Business of Songwriting, now in its third edition.

  • Travel writer Myrna Oakley, Travel Writing for Fun and Profit,” Sept. 7-9,  author of Washington Off the Beaten Path, Oregon Off the Beaten Path, Recommended Bed and Breakfasts: Pacific Northwest, and Public and Private Gardens of the Northwest; teaches writing courses at colleges and writers conferences.

  • Award-winning publicist Alice B. Acheson, Writing a Book? Now What?, June 15-17; 35-year publishing experience; six years as editor for a major New York City publisher and publicity director at two other publishing houses (handled several New York Times bestsellers); now an independent marketing and publishing consultant.

  • Songwriter Sue Ennis, Songwriting Construction Zone: Tips & Tools for Your Songwriting Toolbox,” July 27-29; co-written more than 50 songs for Heart (Dog and Butterfly, Straight On, Even It Up); songs for film and commercials; board member, Seattle chapter, National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.

  • Songwriter and publicist Dinah Brein, Music Public Relations 101: Who Do You Think You Are?, Sept. 28-30; professional songwriter/producer for 25 years with companies such as Motown, EMI and Famous Music, songs recorded by Stephanie Mills (#1 single, The Comfort of a Man), Patti LaBelle, Rita Coolidge and others; former director of publicity at BMI in L.A.

  • Singer/songwriter/activist Holly Near, Writing (and Singing) the Hard and Joyful Truth,” July 13-15; more than two dozen recordings; performed in film, Broadway and TV shows; written two books; was one of the 1000 PeaceWomen nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize; and one of the first women artists to start an indie record company.

  • Songwriter Sue Ennis, Coming into Your Own: Finding Your Songwriting Voice,” Aug. 10-12 (taking the “Songwriting Construction Zone” workshop above is suggested but not mandatory); co-written more than 50 songs for Heart (Dog and Butterfly, Straight On, Even It Up); songs for film and commercials; board member, Seattle chapter, National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.


The workshop fee includes instruction, consultation, home-cooked meals, bunk-bed accommodations, hot tub and wildlife. Fees vary. Please see individual workshop descriptions for information. Two-day personal retreats are available as extensions of the workshops for an additional fee and are limited to two participants. We can also arrange a retreat for your songwriters or writers group, or your own personal retreat.

“This weekend’s writer’s workshop was everything I had hoped it would be, and more. Thank you for providing an opportunity to form a ‘sacred circle’ of talented women to inspire and utilize the time to co-create together. Your beautiful home was an inspiration to me and elements of the retreat experience are reflected in my first children’s book concept – from the setting and the warm feelings between members – to the symbol of the quilt hanging on your wall. I will cherish this memory throughout my life as the beginning of a journey of creativity into a new art form.” -- Allison, Bainbridge Island, Wash.

“Much credit to Maggie and Sharon for creating a perfect vibe for creativity and ideas to blossom … what you have there is incredible. I will never forget my weekend with you.” -- Carla, Seattle

“We came not knowing what to expect and you’ve put us utterly at ease and given us permission to soar!”
-- Katherine Bond, Duvall, Wash.

Note: Our current accommodations limit the workshops and retreats to women.

You Know You’re In Washington When …
With Whom Will You Spend the Rest of Your Life?

A book and CD by Maggie Savage and Sharon Wootton

P.O. Box 860
Shaw Island WA 98286


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