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 to 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)

  • Receive weekly lessons from founder, Francesca de Valence, focusing on different aspects of songwriting
  • Weekly exercises to sharpen your skills
  • Weekly songwriting challenges - yes, you will be writing a song each week
  • Your own professional songwriting mentor assigned to your group giving you personalised feedback every step of the way
  • Small peer group community
  • Invitations to our I Heart Songwriting Club exclusive member events/workshops
  • No schedules, work at your own pace each week. Lessons are available on playback and you have the week to submit your songs. Your mentor feedback is delivered within 48 hours of submission.

Specific start date will be based on enrolment numbers. All prices are inclusive of GST.
Enrol online in just 2 minutes. Enrolments close the day before term commencement.


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

Simon Shapiro
Songwriting Mentor

Simon Shapiro is a classic story telling and award winning singer-songwriter, though best known for his work in support of other artists, writing songs with and for established artists such as Darryl Braithwaite, 1927 and Shannon Noll.

As a musician, Simon has toured with international acts including Martika, Limahl, 1927, Belinda Carlisle and shared the stage with industry giants such as Simple Minds, Roxette and Michael McDonald. Specific to country music, Simon co-wrote the hit song ‘Beyond These City lights’ which Jayne Denham took to the top of the country charts in 2013.

‘City Talks’ form Simon’s first solo album won the Park Music Film Music festival Gold prize for soundtrack and was described by the American film music magazine as "the best power ballad that Ryan Adams didn’t perform”. ‘Lover Of Life’ also from Simon’s first solo album was a finalist in the Nashville Songwriters association awards in the country music category.

Simon has won the Australian Songwriters association songwriter of the year, APRA songwriters award at MusicOz and was bass player for iconic Aussie band 1927 for 10 years.

All of Simon’s creative energy is now focused on his solo singer-songwriting career, and fresh from a songwriting and recording tour of the U.S, he’s ready with a repertoire of powerful story-driven songs to share with the world.

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.