Matt Meighan

Song Forms and Structures
starts Tuesday, February 28

For songwriters and song appreciators. We'll explore the variety and history of song forms used in folk, blues, country and pop music, and the function of various song parts (verse, chorus,bridge, refrain, etc).

Each week we will explore a different form, look at examples and place the form in historical context. Songwriters will come away with a variety of forms to experiment with in their own songs; all will come away with a deepened understanding of song form and song structure.

Tuesdays, 6-6:50 pm - February 28 through April 11 (7 weeks) at Artichoke Music, Portland OR.

$120. Details / registration: artichokemusic.org/classes/class.php?id=1674 or


Songwriting as Truth-Telling
starts Wednesday, March 1

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.

Wednesdays, 6-8 pm - March 1 through April 12 (7 weeks) in North Portland

Enrollment limited to 8 participants per class. $160.

Details & registration:


7th annual
Hidden River Songwriting Camps

July 19 - 23, 2017 and
July 27 - 30, 2017


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. 2017 will be the seventh year of this weekend of music community and inspiration. Limited to 30 participants per camp.

Camps sell out and are filling up.
Details and registration: Hidden River Songwriting Camp


4th Annual
Donegal, Ireland Songwriting Retreat
April 2018

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:

2017 retreat is sold out - contact me for info about the 2018 Donegal retreat



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