Songwriting Workshop

Expand your  songwriter skills under the instruction of instructor Steve Seskin on May 20, 2022. Steve is a successful songwriter who has written seven number one songs, including Grammy-nominated “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” as recorded by Tim McGraw, and “Don’t Laugh at Me,” winner of NSAI Song of the Year and Music Row Magazine Song of the Year as recorded by Mark Wills. His other #1 hits are “No Doubt About It” and “For a Change,” both recorded by Neal McCoy, “No Man’s Land” and “If You’ve Got Love,” both recorded by John Michael Montgomery and “Daddy’s Money,” recorded by Ricochet.

Friday, May 20, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Courtyard Dallas Richardson at Spring Valley
$50 per person

  • Each registration includes lunch and one single day ticket to Wildflower! Festival
  • Participants must be at least 17 years old
  • Limited to 50 participants
  • No refunds


*Registration is closed for Workshop. 

Examples of topics covered in workshops and seminars taught by Steve Seskin:

  • Writing/Rewriting, There is a Difference – Writing can more easily come from that dreamy/stream of consciousness place. Rewriting involves considering what you’ve already written and in many ways is a lot more tedious
  • Intro to Lyric Writing – What elements make up the most potent and engaging lyrics? We take a look at lyrics that have that magical combination of imagery and emotion and how those two factors contribute greatly to drawing in the listener.
  • Rhyming and Metaphor – Inventive ways to use rhyme that sound natural, not drawing too much attention to the rhyme and letting the listener concentrate on the content of the lyric.
  • Point of View – Explore eight different perspectives to choose from when deciding how your characters can best tell their story.
  • Music Business – Songwriter’s point of view on publishing deals, pitching songs, demoing songs, etc.
  • Inspiration- Where do songs come from? – Explore ways to “jump start” your creativity with morning pages, object writing, etc.
  • Collaboration – Explore the different aspects of co-writing; how to pick a co-writer that might be good for you, what to expect if you never tried it.
  • Melody – Determine if the overall vibe of the music feels right, and look at specific parts of songs in terms of choosing an appropriate melody that milks the emotion that the writer would like the listener to feel from the lyric.
  • The Curse of the 2nd Verse – Discuss strategies that can make your second verse even stronger than the first.
  • Hooks and Payoffs – Focus on strategic placement of hooks and payoffs designed to make your song more memorable to the listener.
  • Phrasing – There is always more than one way to phrase any line. The choice that works best depends on several factors.
  • Form – Focus on what to choose and why depending on the song.