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2019 Targetted Songwriting Retreat
King Lake Melbourne

Carter & Carter Targeted Songwriting Retreat

Held at King Lake, outside Melbourne, Victoria at The Cheeky Fox, this has got to be one of the best songwriting retreats to go to. In this rural location, sixteen (16) budding songwriters converged for an intensive weekend honing skills and preparing songs for upcoming projects, pitching to artists, publishers etc. ​David and Merelyn Carter together with guests Lyn Bowtell, Lee Bowman, Paula Bowman and Lachlan Bryan delivered workshops and provided one on one focus with songwriters over the weekend. Lots of amazing songs were written and shared each evening at the retreat.

Coming back to the retreat means connecting with like minded people all who want to write songs together. Co-writes included:

"Co-write 1"
Our first group session with David engaged a group writing a song with demonstrated process for group collaboration.

"Co-write 2"
Kath Stewart and I set off with the challenge to write a song together. Kath had a lyrical idea that we began working on to develop the message and intention of the song. A melody was created to support the song and the unity of its idea. Lee and Paula Bowman joined our cowrite and the song was further shifted and shaped to its structural form.

"Co-write 3"
Christine and I have been ongoing in our writing sessions since Australian Songwriter's Conference in 2018. At the retreat we were able to fine tune a song we had been working on in lead up to the retreat to showcase it at an evening session gaining further feedback for the song.

"Co-write 4"
Kaitlyn Thomas, Lee Bowman and I came together in a co-write to writI learned something this co-write with Kaitlyn began from an engaging chorus she'd started Joined by Lee Bowman, our process evolved through a contemplation of ideas with lyrical and melodic development shaping each step of the way. Kaitlyn's delivery of the song is powerhouse.

"Co-write 5"
Massaging a song that's been in the making to tweak and make adjustments with in put from Kath Stewart, Della Harris and David Carter bringing this song to a conclusive finish. Over the year, adjustments had been made, reshaping, redeveloping areas as necessary. Bringing the song back to this year's retreat enabled fine tuning for a more conclusive song.

Some of the topics covered in workshops were:

    • Writing for a Reason - a focussed writing approach
    • The Rewrite - how to take a song from finished to amazing
    • Taking Aim - How to write songs that connect with your target market
    • How to improve the commerciality of your songwriting
    • The pathway through Writing, Arranging to Recording - bringing your song to life the way you hear it in your head
    • Effective brainstorming - ways to get into a creative space and overcome the doubts
    • Overcoming writing blocks
    • Co-Writing - an amazing networking experience
    • Rounding out your project - selecting songs for an album, finishing a book or achieving the goal of your creative project
    • How to pitch a song to artists

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