Camp Cost



The price of the camp is $800, $700 if booked before November 1st, $750 if booked by January 1st.


  • includes all meals (Sunday supper through Thursday breakfast)
  • lodging (dormitory with limited, more private options available for additional fee)
  • materials and free CDs

This workshop will be strictly limited to 20 people so sign up today!

John led us on a wonderful, magical, musical journey. It was a great opportunity to relax, have fun and learn the craft of songwriting in the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee. — Allan, Tennessee

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I’ve been attending music workshops for over twenty years, and I’ve gone to my share of writers’ workshops as well, but this was a chance to step timidly beyond my comfort level and combine both interests. Twenty-one songwriters, from those who had never written a song to others who were already recording artists, gathered for five days at the place where civil rights leaders trained Rosa Parks and adopted “We Shall Overcome” as their anthem. John demonstrated the forms of traditional music and the craft of songwriters such as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Jean Ritchie, and others. We practiced writing to prompts and in assigned templates, alone and with partners, and we performed for each other at warm, supportive open mike sessions every evening. Somehow John found time for private coaching sessions which despite my fears were NOT terrifying critiques but full of positive suggestions. -- Kathryn, California