I Heart Songwriting Club



Shake off the songwriting cobwebs and write songs like you're 16 again!!!

This brand new and totally online songwriting course is for adults of all ages and abilities to help explore and develop your authentic voice and creative skills and to bring the songwriting joy back your your life. You will be guided and supported by your own professional songwriter who will be your mentor every step of the way as you write 10 songs in 10 weeks.

How amazing would that feel to write 10 songs in 10 weeks?

There is no requirement to read music or play an instrument, nor even be a songwriter. This course will show you everything you need each week through online lessons - you just need to have an open mind. The total time commitment is approximately 2 hours per week and is not time specific so you choose the best time that works for you each week. 

This opportunity is for every person who dreams of writing their own songs and this course helps makes these dreams  a reality.

What our students say about our Adults Songwriting Course:

Life Changing
It’s totally changed my life. I’ve learned so much about my own creative process and my own creative practice - what blocks me, what lets me flow. It’s an incredible part of my week, every week. And it pushes me and drives me forward.” – Ella Gibbons (Wollongong, Australia)

Confidence-Boosting Feedback
"I wanted to get that additional feedback from the course. And to see if what I was doing actually gave value. It gave me all of those tools to get over the barriers, to get innovative and curious, to try something new. ”
– Donna (Sydney, Australia)

Overcoming My Inner Critic
"Since starting the 10 week course I have learnt how to ignore my inner critic and take a playful approach to songwriting. As a result, so far, I have written 5 songs in 5 weeks. ”
– Nigel Harris (Perth, Australia)

Supportive Community
"I am so thankful for all that I Heart Songwriting Club has brought to my songwriting. In the Adults Songwriting Course, I have found my mentor feedback on all songs, not just mine, to be invaluable. I ask lots of questions and my mentor has provided great, detailed responses which has also been invaluable. For anyone out there sitting on the fence umming and ahhing about whether to take the plunge or not - just do it! What I have discovered with I Heart Songwriting Club is that EVERYONE is so supportive, regardless of your level of experience - it is a wonderful environment to learn and develop your songwriting skills, and/or to kick start your journey of songwriting. ”
– Tamika (Port Macquarie, Australia)

For Anyone Who Wants to Learn How To Write Songs
"The I Heart Songwriting Club Adult Songwriting Course is absolutely ideal for anyone and everyone, from all walks of life, who has a desire to write their own songs. It teaches you a variety of methods or a formula, if you will, to write your own songs and helps you bring out your creative side. It allows you to be you. My teacher, Francesca, is a beautiful person - motivating, genuine and encouraging - and my mentor, Sam, always provides constructive feedback and knows how to support me in my weaknesses and highlights my strengths. Every week I looked forward to the tasks and themes. It's very exciting and a fun course that I highly recommend"
- Liyah (Adelaide, Australia)

TERM 3 2020 STARTS JULY 23, 2020

Enrolments close JULY 22, 2020. All prices are inclusive of GST

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Your Mentors

Francesca de Valence
Lead Mentor
Founder of I Heart Songwriting Club

Francesca de Valence is an Australian artist, award-winning songwriter, international speaker and educator, and founder of I Heart Songwriting Club; helping emerging singer-songwriters inspire their way to success in a music career they love. She has been acknowledged by the Los Angeles Music Awards with an International Songwriter of the Year Award and also holds an Australian Songwriting Award. Francesca has supported artists including Jimmy Webb, her music can be heard on ABC radio around Australia.

With a background in tertiary, secondary and primary music education (M.Mus, B.Mus, B.Ed), Francesca now writes a monthly column for Songwriting Magazine UK, has a fortnightly ABC Radio songwriting segment and facilitates songwriting workshops nationally and internationally for PROs including APRA AMCOS (Australia/New Zealand) & IMRO (Ireland).

Sam Buckingham
Songwriting Mentor

A genuine folk troubadour, Sam Buckingham is praised as "gorgeous and moving... with an authenticity that is undeniable" (The Au Review). Marrying folk and singer-songwriter roots with modern pop ideals, her intricate storytelling weaves effortlessly inside gorgeous melodies, delivered by a voice equally effective sounding carefree, melancholic or strong and sure of her place in the world.

She’s toured alongside the likes of Kasey Chambers, Katie Noonan, James Reyne and Lior, was long listed for the esteemed Australian Music Price and has traveled to Nashville and New York City to collaborate with some of the USA’s most celebrated writers including Kim Richey, Brice Wallace, Marc Copely and Mary Lee Kortes.

Independent and self managed, Buckingham delivers an intimate and heart slamming performance every time, whether playing House Concerts to her grass roots fan base or sold out theatre shows and festivals.

“Her songwriting and astounding voice gripped me” - Timber & Steel

Roz Pappalardo
Songwriting Mentor

Roz has been a constant in the Australian music industry for approximately 20 years as musician , (one half of "Women in Docs" an independent original and international touring act, and as a solo artist) as well as presenter, programmer and producer based in regional Queensland, currently heading up Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Munro Martin Parklands and Cairns Festival as Artistic Director.

She is heavily involved in consulting on artist pathways for many regional Queensland artists, including indigenous group and choir, Sounds of Australasia (Cairns and Torres Strait Island based), contemporary dance group, Miriki Performing Arts and hip hop artist Mau Power. She is also currently touring as one of the songwriters in the Soldiers Wife project which has seen Queensland songwriters work artistically with women who've lost their partners in war.

Roz has also worked heavily in community arts and development projects with remote Indigenous communities in Northern Territory and Queensland. She sits on the board of QMusic as regional representative. She is an actor and playwright, having written two musical shows in which she has also featured and toured nationally and internationally. Roz has written countless songs, recording approximately 10 albums, winning various songwriting and self - management and music business awards for her efforts and currently working on her second solo album. A proud Queenslander residing regionally, Roz typifies a life in the arts. working across many diverse projects to ensure sustainability and legacy for herself and her artistic community.

Dave Crowe
Songwriting Mentor

Known by his stage name of Resin Moon, electronic producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Dave Crowe hails from the desert town of Alice Springs located in Central Australia.

A lifelong musician, Crowe began experimenting with beats and electronic production at the age of 16, and in 2013, his track "Awake" won the NT Song of the Year award and was picked up by a number of triple j DJs, effectively launching his career. In 2014 he went on to land songs on major international T.V shows “Akward” (MTV) and “Made in Chelsea” (UK Channel 4) and a soon to be released U.S feature film "Grounded". In 2016 his self-released single "Salt" went on to win another NT Song of the Year award and reached over 1 million streams on Spotify and Apple music combined. He signed a publishing deal with Gaga Music and a distribution deal with Believe to release his debut EP, also titled “Salt".

Arriving on his own label Sing Hum, the EP featured collaborations with notable Northern Territory artists Broadwing, Xavia and Ed Francis and was followed up by a national headline tour. A year later, in 2017 Resin Moon won the triple j unearthed prize to play Bass In The Grass festival, following up with a sold out Australian tour supporting Sydney artists Boo Seeka, then landing a showcase at BIGSOUND. In November 2018, Crowe released the Nothing To See single, in advance of his debut album released in early 2019.