Shake off the songwriting cobwebs and write songs like you’re 16 again!
Our totally online songwriting course is for adults of all ages who are at the start of their songwriting journey. Over ten weeks, we will help you explore your authentic voice, develop your creative skills and bring the joy of songwriting 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 it feel to write 10 songs?
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.
If you dream of writing your own songs, this course will help make your songwriting dreams a reality.
Mentorship and Feedback
Write 10 songs in 10 weeks
- Bite-sized weekly lessons from founder, Francesca de Valence, focusing on different aspects of songwriting, available to watch on demand
- Weekly exercises to develop your creative skills
- Weekly songwriting homework challenges based around each week’s lessons
- Work at your own pace each week. You have the whole week to submit your songs. Your mentor feedback will be delivered within 48 hours of submission.
- Your own professional songwriting mentor assigned to your group giving you personalised feedback every step of the way
- Join as a small course group and learn how to give your fellow peers feedback on their songs
- Bonus invitations to our I Heart Songwriting Club exclusive member events/workshops as they happen
Works with all timezones
No songwriting experience necessary
How the Course Works
Francesca de Valence
Songwriting Course Teacher
Francesca de Valence is an award-winning songwriter, educator and founder of I Heart Songwriting Club. With a Masters in Music and both music and education undergraduate degrees, she has taught at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, spoken at conferences around the world, and facilitated songwriting workshops for APRA AMCOS (AUS/NZ), IMRO (IRE), UBC (BR) and more.
Songwriting Course Mentor
Sam Buckingham is a published songwriter, and independent and self-managed artist. She has toured alongside the likes of Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers and Katie Noonan, was long listed for the esteemed Australian Music Prize and has traveled to Nashville and New York City to collaborate with some of America’s most celebrated writers.
Songwriting Course Mentor
Simon Shapiro is best known for writing songs with and for established artists such as Darryl Braithwaite, 1927 and Shannon Noll. The published songwriter co-wrote the hit song ‘Beyond These City lights’ which Jayne Denham took to the top of the country charts in 2013. His soundtrack also won the Park Music Film Music festival Gold prize.
Songwriting Course Mentor
Mushroom Music published songwriter, Helen Shanahan has won ‘Song of the Year’ (WAMi), the Telstra Road to Discovery songwriting award, has toured the UK, USA and Australia and has played support to Passenger, Missy Higgins and Matt Corby. Helen is currently recording her second studio album.
Here are few songs written in our online course
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.
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.
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.
I am so thankful for all that I Heart Songwriting Club has brought to my songwriting. In the Adult Songwriting Course, I have found my mentor’s feedback on all songs, not just mine, to be invaluable. I ask lots of questions and my mentor has provided great, detailed responses which have 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.
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.