Feb 12 - 14
to Feb 14

Feb 12 - 14

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3-Day Writers Workshop
Teacher: Nerissa Nields

Join Musician/Author Nerissa Nields for a weekend of inspiration and writing!

Nerissa has been running retreats out of her home in Northampton MA and the Adirondacks of upstate NY since 2004. Last year’s retreat was a huge success. Don’t miss this one!

  • Learn how to create a daily practice
  • Find your authentic voice
  • Discover your writing community
  • Nurture yourself!

The workshop retreat will be held in the beautiful home of Enee and Steve Abelman (address will be provided during registration). It will begin Friday, February 12th at 5:30pm with registration, dinner and a round of introductions and intention-setting. We’ll write together and share what we’ve written that night. Saturday morning, we’ll write from 9:30am-3:00pm with homemade lunch provided! We’ll meet again Sunday and write until 3:00pm. All are welcome to come to my optional Sunshine City Songwriters Festival show at the Museum of Fine Arts, or do your own thing! Retreats are an excellent time to get a project started, work uninterrupted on a longer piece or just breathe a little. 

Cost: $220 

What to Bring: Laptop, notebook, pen (and guitar if you are a songwriter)

For questions about the workshop, please email nerissand@gmail.com 

Call (727) 323-2787 for details & registration.

Watch video of Nerissa and Catie Curtis talking about songwriting.


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Fri, Feb 12
2:00 PM14:00

Fri, Feb 12

  • The DEN Stage @ The Ale & the Witch (map)
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3-Hour Songwriting Workshop
Teacher: Cliff Eberhardt

Cliff has been writing songs and touring for 24 years. In addition, he regularly teaches at prestigious songwriting camps all over the U.S. including Swannanoa Gathering, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Wintersongs, Summersongs, Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW) as well as hosting personal workshops and private lessons.This is a great opportunity for all levels of songwriters.

Song Structure: Intros, Outros, Bridges, and Breaks will be explored. Cliff will listen to songs written by participants and suggest how changing a phrase or chord can make the melodies more interesting. His goal is to "inspire students to take a new look at their approach to their work. I generally let the class tell me what they're most interested in learning and gear my teaching to satisfy those interests." 

• Anyone who wants to participate should bring a song they're working on, that they have not yet recorded, and their instrument of choice. 

• Cliff has a great deal of teaching experience, most recently at Wildflowers! Art & Music Festival, and repeatedly at SAMW and Swannanoa, where he always receives the highest instructor ratings. From April - June, 2012, Cliff performed his original music in the Folger Shakespeare Theatre's production of The Taming of the Shrew, in Washington, DC, receiving rave reviews and winning a prestigious Helen Hayes award. His latest CD, Shrew Songs, is all acoustic, all Cliff and one of Cliff's best. 

Cost: $60 (includes BBQ buffet lunch)

What to Bring: Laptop, notebook, pen and musical instrument

Workshop limited to 12 people.

For questions about the workshop, please email craftsmanhouse@gmail.com 

Call (727) 323-2787 for details & registration.


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Sunshine City Songwriting Contest (SCSC)
to Feb 8

Sunshine City Songwriting Contest (SCSC)


The Sunshine City Songwriting Contest (SCSC) is an international songwriting contest.  The contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries.  Entries will be judged on melody, composition, originality & lyrics.

The 2016 topic is a campfire sing-along for Camp Unplugged, a summer camp for adults.
More info: http://www.campunplugged.camp

Deadline:  February 8th at noon, EST

You don’t need a professional recording.  


  1. Each song submitted must be contestant's original work. Songs may not exceed five (5) minutes in length. Songs may have multiple co-writers, but please designate one name only on the application. Contestant may submit as many songs in as many categories as he/she wishes, but each entry requires a separate cassette, CD, or MP3 file, entry form, lyrics, and entrance fee. One check or money order for multiple entries/categories is permitted. (Entrance fee is non-refundable. SCSC is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, or misappropriated entries. The SCSC is not responsible for faulty file uploads accompanying online entries.) 
  2. Contest is open to amateur & professional songwriters. 
  3. Winners will be chosen by a select panel of judges comprised of local music professionals & enthusiasts.  Songs will be based on melody, composition, originality & lyrics.  The quality of performance and production will not be considered.  Prizes will be awarded jointly to all authors of any song.  Division of prizes is responsibility of winners.  Void where prohibited.  All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.  The SCSC reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.

Winners will be announced on February 10th. Winners must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility/recording rights/publicity release upon notification. The affidavit will state that winner’s song is original work and he/she holds all rights to song. Failure to sign and return such affidavit within 14 days or provision of false/inaccurate information therein will result in immediate disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Affidavits for winners under 18 years of age at time of award must be countersigned by parent or legal guardian. Affidavits subject to verification by SCSC and its agents. Entry constitutes permission to use winner’s names, likenesses, and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

Cds, cassettes, and lyrics will not be returned.


MP3 submissions are preferred.    

Send to: sunshinesongwriterscontest@gmail.com

CDs and cassettes can be sent to: 
Craftsman House, 2955 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

SCSC is not responsible for late deliveries.

Winner Announcements

Winners will be announced at a campfire concert at The Ale and The Witch, located at 111 2nd Ave NE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701 on Wednesday, February 10th,  7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Each entry requires the following:
One song five (5) minutes or less
A lyric sheet (attached)
A completed application (attached)
$5 entry fee for each song submitted

 – Submit $5 cash with entry form, or submit check made payable to Craftsman House Gallery.  Drop off or mail to: Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Avenue, St Petersburg, FL 33713 Or call (727) 323-2787 to pay by credit card. Additional $3 fee applies for all credit cards.

Prizes provided by:
Camp Unplugged
Craftsman House Gallery  
Ale & the Witch
Hideaway Café 
…and more

Entry Form (Please email to: sunshinesongwriterscontest@gmail.com




Name of song:

Lyric Sheet: (Add lyrics below)


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