Workshops & Retreats 2007

Workshops run Friday night to Sunday afternoon unless otherwise indicated.
A two-day retreat option directly after the workshop is available.

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Songwriting: Heart, Head, anf Voice
Songwriter Cosy Sheridan
May 18-20, 2007

“Sheridan’s songwriting is some of the best in contemporary folk.” -- Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Inspiration and craft are important components of good songwriting. Inspiration comes from your heart; craft is a tool box that you keep in your head. If your head and your heart are in agreement, your voice will be confident. Join award-winning songwriter Cosy Sheridan for a weekend of dialogue with the mystery that is Inspiration. What exercise opens the window for you? Do you need to feel completely relaxed? Does a deadline speed up your Muse, or crush it? Does some structure help?

Explore songwriting from the technical angle, too. Take apart a good melody and find the building blocks for creating a successful one. Study rhyme schemes. Learn how to tell a personal story in a way that makes it accessible for the audience. Look at different ways that other songwriters have used, and try some of them. There will be a guitar component, too. When do you choose standard or open tuning? Work with different capo configurations discovered or borrowed over the years.

Cosy, who logs more than 200 days a year away from home, will talk about performing: life on the road, preparing for a show, making good use of down time, staying sane. She’ll make time for in-class exercises and listening to and learning from participant’s songs. This class is designed for all levels. It is helpful (but not required) if the student can accompany herself on an instrument. A piano is available.

Cosy and her wryly insightful songs have been showcased from Carnegie Hall to The Dr. Demento Show. In her newest CD, Live at CedarHouse, audiences can see why she’s been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer/songwriters.” Her sixth CD, Anthymn, was rated No. 2 and Cosy among the top-15 artists of 2000 by the reporting Folk-DJ radio stations.

She’s won songwriting contests at the Kerrville Folk and Telluride Bluegrass festivals, and released several CDs in addition to writing a one-woman show with an accompanying CD, The Pomegranate Seed: An Exploration of Appetite, Body Image and Myth in Modern Culture. Cosy recently composed a song-cycle for best-selling author Robert Fulghum’s newest fiction book, Third Wish.

Her award-winning songs have earned her invitations to teach at songwriting camps all over the country for 10 years, including the Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, N.C., and the California Coast Music Camp in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Fee: $365 includes accommodations, five meals, instruction and consultation.
Optional retreat: Stay Monday and Tuesday after the workshop to work on your own project; $175 includes six meals; two-person limit.


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“Sheridan remains the unapologetic voice of our conscience … she deftly delivers the message with honesty and grace.” -- The Album Network

If I were going to throw an all-girl dinner party at which I wanted to laugh and cry from the hors d’oeuvres to the chocolate pudding, Cosy Sheridan is the first woman I’d invite.”-- Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“The real beauty of Cosy Sheridan is the way she can carry an audience through serious subject matter and still entertain them.” -- Janet Wacker

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