Matt Meighan

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Songs of Social Change
starts Tuesday, September 11

This class will explore writing songs that address social issues in a moving and effective way. We'll look at the use of character, story, image, language, humor, and other elements to create songs that communicate powerfully, rather than coming across as preachy rants.

We'll listen to songs written by class members as well as great protest songs by writers like Woody Guthrie, Nina Simone, Steve Earle, Mary Gauthier, Public Enemy and others.

Participants will come away with an increased understanding of approaches to writing songs of social change, and the many effects "Protest Songs" may have in addition to protest.

All levels of songwriting and musical experience welcome.

Tuesdays, 6-6:50 pm - September 11 through October 16 (6 weeks) at Artichoke Music, Portland OR. $120
$30 off if taken with Songwriting as Truth-Telling

Details / registration: Songs of Social Change or


Songwriting as Truth-Telling
starts Tuesday, September 11

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 - September 11 through October 16 (6 weeks) at Artichoke Music

Enrollment limited to 10 participants. $160.
$30 off Songs of Social Change if taken with Songwriting as Truth-Telling

Details & registration: Songwriting as Truth-Telling or


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 pub scene, and enjoying Ireland's natural beauty. Limited to 10 participants.

For more info see Donegal Songwriting Retreat or contact Matt:


8th annual
Hidden River Songwriting Camp
July 25 - 29, 2018

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. 2018 will be the eigth 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. His next CD, Unique, will be released in early 2017. www.mattmeighan.com