Songwriting Workshop with Eliza Gilkyson


Time: 9:30am to Noon
The Capitol Bar, 110 Plaza Street
Price: $40/Regular; $20/NMT Student
Includes Buffet Breakfast by Sofia's Kitchen plus 1 Drink Ticket

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Songwriting Workshop
Hone your songwriting skills with
Austin Music Hall of Fame Songwriter of the Year Eliza Gilkyson

Please bring an unfinished, stuck or work-in-progress song to be worked on with Eliza and the group in a nonjudgmental, supportive environment.

Eliza Gilkyson has discovered a natural bent for teaching and sharing what she has learned over the course of her 50-year career in music. Gilkyson's bona fides include a second Folk Music Grammy nomination for 2014’s The Nocturne Diaries, Songwriter of the Year and Best Folk Artist awards at the 2014 Austin Chronicle SXSW Music Awards, Song of the year at the 2020 Folk Alliance International conference for her political anthem “Peace in Our Hearts," and countless other Folk Alliance and Chronicle Awards garnered over the years, including Best Songwriter, Record of the Year and Best Solo Performer. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush, Rosanne Cash and more, and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. With more than 20 recordings under her belt she knows how to write songs!

Gilkyson enjoys creating a non-judgmental safe environment to facilitate exploring songwriting and pushing through blocks and self-doubt. She encourages students of all ages and genres to bring their songs in any form or stage to her workshops so students can woodshed with a pro and learn from and with other participants in the song circle. Eliza also runs her own annual Casa de Musica Songwriter Workshop at her beautiful hacienda just outside of Taos. This is a perfect opportunity to bring your song to an acclaimed instructor with years of hands-on experience and a real desire to help you grow as a songwriter. (

As the founder and director of Yosemite Songwriting Retreat ( I would recommend Eliza Gilkyson to teach at any songwriting venue. She was the headliner at my 2015 retreat and excelled at teaching in group situations as well as mentoring students in private . In my feedback form, all of the participants rated her excellent and hope that I bring her back. Not only is Eliza an exceptional talent and teacher, she is very easy to work with and made the participants feel comfortable sharing and exploring the intimacies of songwriting. Hiring Eliza was an excellent choice and I look forward to having her back again to teach at Yosemite Songwriting Retreat.  ~ Gail Dreifus, Yosemite Songwriting Retreat

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