Writing a Song That Matters

Dates announced for Dar Williams retreats

The Garrison Institute has announced two summer dates for Writing a Song That Matters retreats with singer and songwriter Dar Williams. The first takes place at the institute from June 27 to July 1 and the second from July 25 to 29.

Dar Williams at a past retreat (photo provided)

Dar Williams at a past retreat (photo provided)

“We’ll explore everything from the bag of tricks we use in songwriting to discussions of why we need to write in the first place, how we can stay the course in writing, and how we can finish our songs, no matter how discouraging the voices in our heads might be,” says Williams, who lives in Cold Spring and has recorded eight albums and performed nearly 2,000 gigs. “Our goal is not to write perfect hooks or formulaic hits. It’s to write anything from a stanza to a song and say, ‘That is what I wanted to write. Actually, it’s better than I thought it would be.’ ”

For more information and to apply, visit darwilliamsretreat.com. Early-bird pricing for applications and deposits received by May 15 is $1,500, which includes the workshop, lodging and meals.

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