Updates Updates Updates!

Hey guys, apologies for the long delay and miscommunication. We are currently re-tooling some things and planning for the next workshop. It will NOT be in March as typically planned but will most likely be in summer of 2019. We have some really cool ideas and we’re working with some great partners this year so it’s exciting. A few big announcements:

Six String Concert Series Workshop with Ellis Paul – Sunday Feb 10th 10am – Dublin Rec Center

Our long running partner Six String will be hosting a workshop in partnership with CSW with world renowned songwriter Ellis Paul! More from Six String:

Ellis Paul, a perennial Six String favorite, presents “The Arc of a Song” a a two-hour song-writing seminar. Ellis will share how his songs go from an initial idea to building each block of melody, adding guitar, and lyrics until it finally lands on stage or on a recording. Attendees will learn more about Ellis’ process through his interactive presentation style with plenty of room for questions from local songwriters and fans. Attendees need only bring a notebook and a pen. Minimum suggested age is 14.
Presented in partnership with The Columbus Songwriting Workshop. Tickets and more info here.

Girl Scout Partnership

CSW will be hosting a songwriting camp for the Girl Scouts in Ohio. More info soon if you have a child that would be interested please stay tuned and you can always email Chris at c.topherjames(at)gmail(dot)com for updated info. We’ll be posting here as soon as we have more details.

More to come stay tuned!

November 3rd Workshop Tickets Available Now!

CSWNOV3BreakoutWe are really excited to continue our Breakout Sessions series with founding member Chris Shaw. He will present a class covering acoustic guitar arranging with a section on looping pedals. Learn more about his class here. These Breakout Sessions offer a cheaper price point for a short hyper focused workshop.

Sign up today at this link

We like to think they get you “hooked” for the bigger workshops that happen twice a year (like the one we just had at Columbus Museum of Art). These workshops not only offer knowledge and skill building but they provide a great opportunity to continue the community of writers looking to further their craft. Being able to talk with other songwriters and connect on a personal level is a huge reason we do what we do.

Thanks So Much!

The event today at Columbus Museum of Art was amazing, and I do not use hyperbole when I say life changing, or at the very least extremely life enhancing. That’s what these workshops do to me every time! As a founding member, along with my dad Jim and brother Andy, I Chris take great pride in holding an event that really brings people in and allows them to share this community. For me, it’s mostly about the community of people. The workshops are definitely great but the people make those workshops. The attendees learn from the instructors and vice versa. Once again I want to thank CMA and all the people that came out, as well as all the in structors. Also thanks so much to our sponsor Six String Concert Series and our partners Donatos, Songs at The Center, and WCBE.

If you did attend please please sign our mailing list – and if you did not attend – please do the same. You can click “sign up” and fill out the form. Forgive us as the form is out dated but just enter your email and name, that’s what we’re most concerned about on that form.

November 3rd at Blockfort is our next event, official announcement soon, save the date today!

What We’re About

DRM_9363 DRM_9421 DRM_9430 DRM_9443 DRM_6239 DRM_9353These are some highlight photos from the last workshop. I think they shine a light on what we’re all about which is a few things. 1. A community of professionals getting together and sharing their love of songwriting. 2. A safe space for people to share their songs with like minded people 3. A whole day of awesome workshops that throw ya through all sorts of challenges – vocal technique, lyric writing, music business, with lots of curveballs thrown in 4. A chance to have a one on one meeting with any of the instructors – this gets down to the nitty gritty anything you want to go over that wasn’t discussed or that you didn’t want to ask during a class 5. Well, there’s coffee snacks and free pizza, I mean..come on! This is the last week to sing up for the October 6th workshop so please Pre-Register today. Thanks so much to all who have been involved. Stay tuned!

New Instructor Dominique Larue!

DRM_9421 (1)We are super excited to welcome hip hop artist Dominique Larue to our next workshop as a presenter. Dominique will bring her unique perspective to the Columbus Museum of Art (new location!!) on October 6th. You may have seen Dominique on a billboard near you as she is part of the GCAC “Columbus Makes Art” campaign which highlights artists doing their thing in Columbus Ohio. More to come but for now here’s a little insight on Larue:

Born and bred on the north side of Columbus, Ohio, Larue was greatly influenced by Gospel and R&B, but it was her older brother who introduced her to Hip Hop. Influences from A Tribe Called Quest, Fugees, Outkast, Def Squad, and Busta Rhymes and it was in her elementary years that she realized just how influential her brothers music had actually been.

At 7 years old, Larue made her first attempt at writing a rhyme, “I will never forget that day because it was the first day of the rest of my life.” And although Larue does not remember the song she and her friend wrote, if it hadn‟t been for that song, she wouldn’t be rapping today.

She has released several records including in 2015 when she joined forces with legendary Hip Hop pioneer Monie Love, MyVerse, and Carolina Dirty to form the rap supergroup Heresy.

Their self-titled EP released in August 2015.  Recently a song of hers was placed in a movie called, “The Challenger,” starring Kent Moran and the late Michael Clarke Duncan released in 2015. She has landed placements on VH1, MTV, TLC, Fox, Oxygen, The CW and HBO as well. Read more on her Facebook page here.

So Many Announcements

Pardon our dust around here, it’s been a busy summer! We much appreciate everyone coming to the “Breakout Sessions” workshop we had at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. Matt Monta was insightful, thoughtful, informative, and mind bending with his workshop. He talked about taking a bunch of ideas and condensing them into a small package, aka a song. In other words the idea was not to just write a bunch of stuff down but to transform your words into poetry. The workshop was great look out for more “Breakout Sessions” in our continuing effort to provide the community with quality classes on writing.


The Columbus Museum of Art will be partnering with us to present the October 6th Columbus Songwriting Workshop! We are super excited to have this Columbus institution on board! We had a small introduction to the space at our July 12th Informal Song Share, check our Facebook for details on upcoming song shares. They are free, and it’s just a chance to share a new or old song with friends, simple enough!

Mark your calendars for October 6th. Our first instructor will be Jesse Henry. If you don’t know, Jesse is one of the finest musicians that has come out of Columbus in many many years. His eclectic sound channels anyone from Woody Guthrie to Louis Jordan. He’ll mak you cry witha  sweet country ballad, and in the next moment he’ll have you on the dance floor. We could go all day and he has many more accolades (started a music school in Africa, has his own guitar method books, fronts several amazing bands, etc) We can’t wait for his class, more details to come on that.

You can still pre-register online here for now, but prices will go up soon so do it now. We’ll be working with CMA as a ticketing agent coming up here as well so stay tuned for those details.




Last Week To Sign Up

The next workshop is this Saturday so if you want to sign up please do today. This next workshop as we’ve said will be a small more focused class with Matt Monta.

More info about the workshop:

DESCRIPTION: Have you ever felt like you had more to say than your song would allow? Attend this workshop to begin using fewer but more powerful words to express your big stories and ideas. In this session you will learn and perform writing exercises to more effectively use your words.

OBJECTIVES: Attendees will receive a brief talk from the instructor and participate in a thought-condensing exercise in which they will be asked to write to a prompt for an extended time. The attendees will then begin re-writing their statement with less time. (ie. 60 second – 30 seconds – 15 seconds – 8 seconds). This exercise is a fun crash-course in demonstrating how a songwriter can more effectively use language to express larger concepts.

BIO: Matt Monta is a full-time songwriter and musician based in Columbus, Ohio with three albums to his name and numerous other songwriting credits. In April 2018 he released Restless Disposition, with his band the Haymakers. Monta performs in Columbus and tours throughout the Midwestern, Southern, and Eastern United States. Read lyrics and learn more about Matt at www.mattmonta.com

WHAT TO BRING: A notebook and pen to take notes and for interactive parts of workshop. No guitar necessary.

Register here for $15!



Registration is up!

Registration is up for our new series we’re calling the “Breakout Sessions”. The first one will be with Matt Monta and it will be held at the Cultural Arts Center May 19th. You can register now and get details at their website at this link: