Thursday, Aug 20 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre


What makes you connect to a song in a vivid and emotional way? Whether you have a piece of original lyrics or a tune in your head, or just an idea for a title, there are lots of tools and techniques for growing your concept into a sharper and stronger song. Focusing on the lyrical aspects, we will look at the ways prosody, assonance, rhyme, image, metaphor, structure, phrasing and melody are used to create and resolve tension to draw listeners into your story.

Andy Cooke has been studying the craft of writing songs for 45 years. He has written and recorded a number of original songs and often performs at small venues and festivals on Vancouver Island. He is the founder of South Island Songwriters and facilitates a monthly songwriting meeting.

14+ | $50

Students should bring: Pencil and a writing pad/ notebook.  Partially written songs or ideas are great but not necessary.

Please note: Workshop registration is limited to 6 people. The workshop will be held outdoor and seating will be spaced 6 feet apart. COVID protocols in effect. A CapShield – a reusable plastic face shield with clips that attach to any hat – will be provided to you free of charge.