Matt Meighan

photo by Scott Docherty, redhare

Songwriting as Truth-Telling
starts Tuesday, January 8

This class explores songwriting as a means to uncover and express deeply-felt truths of the songwriter. We'll write in class and between classes, share our songs, and look at ways of listening and responding that help draw out the writer's intention rather than impose the listener's. An inspiring, non-judgmental space in which to deepen songwriting practice. All levels of experience welcome.

Tuesdays, 7-9 pm - January 8 through February 19 (7 weeks) at Artichoke Music

Enrollment limited to 10 participants. $160.

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Song Forms for Songwriters
starts Tuesday, January 8

A great way to develop songwriting skill and increase the variety of songs one writes is to experiment with different song forms. We'll explore the variety and history of song forms used in folk, blues, country and pop music, look at the function of various song parts - verse, chorus, bridge, refrain, etc. - and experiment with using new forms in our own songs.

Each week we will explore a different form and look at examples in historical context. Participants will come away with a deepened understanding of song forms and a variety of forms to use in writing their own songs.

Tuesdays, 6-6:50 pm - January 8 through February 19 (7 weeks) at Artichoke Music. $120

-$30 off if taking both Songwriting as Truth-Telling and Song Forms -

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5th Annual
Donegal, Ireland Songwriting Retreat
April 12 - April 19, 2019

Join me for a week-long songwriting retreat in Donegal, Ireland! We'll spend a week in a seaside Irish village, writing and sharing songs, getting to know the local area, and enjoying Ireland's natural beauty. Limited to 10 participants.

For more info see Donegal Songwriting Retreat or contact Matt:


9th annual
Hidden River Songwriting Camp
July 24 - 28, 2019

Hidden River Songwriting Camp is a weekend songwriting retreat about two hours from Portland, Oregon. Songwriters gather to write, share songs and enjoy the beauty of the natural site. 2019 will be the ninth year of this weekend of music community and inspiration. Limited to 30 participants per camp.

Details and registration: Hidden River Songwriting Camp



About Matt Meighan

Matt Meighan lives in Portland, Oregon where he performs regularly, teaches the popular weekly Songwriting as Truth-Telling class and hosts the Songwriter Roundup show at Artichoke Music in Portland. He hosts the annual Hidden River Songwriting Camp on the Long Beach, Washington peninsula each July. Matt studied poetry at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where he earned an MFA in writing and poetics. He is currently recording his third CD, Love Today. www.mattmeighan.com