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Skill-Up Workshops

I Heart Songwriting Club holds professional development and beginner workshops for songwriters of all ages. Workshops are always limited in capacity and it's first in best dressed. Join the mailing list to be sent the workshop information first.  

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Our upcoming Skill-Up Workshops are:

April 4-6 - School Holiday Workshop 8-12yo
April 10-13 - School Holiday Workshop 13-17yo
April 15 - Getting Ready to Release - Part 1


School Holiday Songwriting Workshops - Brisbane
8-12 years - Wed 4 - Fri 6 April, 2018
13-17 years - Tues 10 - Fri 13 April, 2018

3 Day workshop for 8-12yo
$350 Early Bird til March 16 / $400 after March 23

4 Day Workshop for 13-17yo
$470 Early Bird til March 23 / $550 after March 30

Each workshop limited to 12 places
Bowen Hills, Brisbane
I Heart Songwriting Club founder and award-winning songwriter, Francesca de Valence, presents two songwriting workshops this Easter Holidays, one for 8-12 yo and one for 13-17 yo songwriters. Learn how to write songs through simple and targeted lessons, creative improvisation and development of practical skills. Participants will aim to write a song every day over the multi-day program. Each workshop will be limited to twelve participants to allow for adequate 1-on-1 instruction and creative development. The program suits open-minded and enthusiastic participants with a musical background and a basic level of instrumental skill (piano or guitar preferred though not necessary) and vocal confidence.

Some Feedback from previous Teen Songwriter Workshops:

Both professional and fun. It is clear that Francesca knows what she is doing. She brought us together and helped us all improve. - Student Feedback

Very well planned. Enjoyable. I liked the small group with people with similar ages. - Student Feedback

You are a genius Francesca!!!!!! This course is really amazing. Highly recommended. - Parent Feedback

Brilliant!! Such a great experience. - Parent Feedback



Getting Ready to Release - Part 1 - Brisbane
Sun 15 April, 2018

10am-5pm
Workshop ticket - $120
Bowen Hills, Brisbane
This I Heart Songwriting Club "Skill-Up" workshop will focus on skills of how to write a bio, press release, describe your music/genre, and give you the opportunity to practice talking about your music. All participants should be prepared to break barriers in this interactive workshop.

This workshop is useful to independent artists and songwriters who are planning to release music in the future or who have taken a new path on their artist path.


Past Workshops
School Holiday Workshops - Juniors

Eight young songwriters from Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast joined I Heart Songwriting Club founder Francesca de Valence for 3 days to learn the basics of songwriting. They each wrote 3 songs in 3 days using the 1-hour themed task that I Heart Songwriting Club is well-known for. Many of them wrote songs for the first time.




School Holiday Workshops - Teens

Young teenage songwriters gathered from all over Brisbane and the Gold Coast for 5-days to explore elements of songwriting through lessons, practice and collaboration. Each participant wrote 5 songs in the program and performed their songs to family and friends in an informal concert.

Both professional and fun. It is clear that Francesca knows what she is doing. She brought us together and helped us all improve. - Student Feedback

Very well planned. Enjoyable. I liked the small group with people with similar ages. - Student Feedback

You are a genius Francesca!!!!!! This course is really amazing. Highly recommended. - Parent Feedback

Brilliant!! Such a great experience. - Parent Feedback


Adult Songwriting Workshops

From beginner songwriting workshops for first-time songwriters to refresher courses for experienced songwriters, we aim to get you unstuck with tools and inspiration for songwriting. Our workshops run in Brisbane, Sydney and Sunshine and we also present workshops at festivals.

World class. Blew us all away. We came out totally mesmerised by the different talents and our overall experience which included tears and gasps. - Maggie

It was stupendously fun! - Marita

I enjoyed learning new skills and ideas. I also felt validated that what I have been feeling and thinking is leading me on the right path - John

This workshop inspired my creativity - Denise

I loved hearing you speak and love how you interacted with all members of the group on individual levels. Great positive vibe  - Sandy

It challenged me to think outside my comfort zone - Rebekah


Recording & Producing Workshops

Our recording & producing workshops teach songwriters how to take a song from solo instrument and voice to something more, learning about production choices and how to record demos at home using simple and affordable gear.

If you're a singer/songwriter and want to learn how to record proper at home demo's, this is definitely the workshop for you. Nick was a fantastic facilitator, very knowledgeable and patient considering everyone in the room had varied experience with at home recordings. He covered a range of items - from the basics of recording, what kinds of inexpensive technology is worthwhile to invest in, as well as more advanced tools such as basic EQ, mixing and mastering our demo tracks. The live demo was a great addition, I love learning in a 'hands on' way so this was very helpful. You'll watch the whole creative process unfold from the beginning - through to the technical aspects - to finished product. Very informative, and a lot of fun! I look forward to applying everything I've learned! - Hannah Athanasiadis

Having learned how to record whilst at uni it was really great to revise what I already knew, but to also delve into other things that I wasn't sure of. My biggest highlight of the day was finally understanding how to EQ. It was a really great and informative day and I can't wait for the next one.  - Naomi

This workshop covers all you need to know to start recording your songs in a way that will produce a quality sounding recording at home. Nick O'Donnell is very knowledgeable about all aspects of recording, particularly on Garage Band for this workshop, and he presents in a clear, step by step way and is helpful with any questions you have. A valuable resource for anyone wishing to get going with their own recording. I was impressed with the group recording result in the workshop! Highly recommended. - Julie

Nick has a tremendous depth of knowledge and is obviously a seasoned professional. He gave us many practical tips and advice.  - Mick

The workshop was fantastic. Loved it - presented in a way that I could easily understand and utilise at my current level. Thanks! - Anon.


Video Workshops

Our video workshops empower songwriters to be creative with simple video technology using iPhone and iMovie.

A great hands on workshop with all the basics I needed to know to make my own professional looking music video. Very rewarding to be able to take home my own short video! I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to start making their own music videos- Julie

Thank you so much Jennifer and Francesca for your enthusiasm, passion and technical skills. The practical nature of the workshop was so useful. Thanks to fellow participants Julie and Laura for coming along for the ride. The atmosphere of sharing and support was great. This is a great workshop, I'd definitely recommend it. Please arrange the next one on further skills and techniques and I'll be there! - Jeremy