Songwriters Workshop


SOLO workshop participants are divided into small groups, usually no more than three to a group.  Writers meet for breakfast each morning and are assigned to writing groups.  Workshop curators and organizers choose these groups.  Groups go to designated writing spaces and collaborate for the day.  In the afternoon, there is a social hour before the participants have dinner together.  After dinner, the groups perform their work for each other to share what songs they worked on and get feedback from the other writers.  At noon on Friday, Workshop organizers select 10-15 of the top compositions and will inform the writers that they are chosen to perform that evening at an event called SOLO Sessions.

2019 Workshop Participants

Mary Gauthier

Jim Lauderdale

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Garry Tallent


Jon Cleary

Louise Goffin

Leslie Satcher

Dirk Powell

Jamie N. Commons

Sean Ardoin

Steve Riley

Kelli Jones

Caleb Elliott

AJ Haynes /// Alex Smith /// Annie Roboff /// Bill Smith /// Brewster Durbin /// Brian Deady /// Cole Pham /// Dustin Gaspard /// Emily Ortego /// Erica Fox /// J’Wan Boudreaux /// Jaimee Harris /// Joe Gelini /// Judith Owen /// Julie Aube /// Katrina Burgoyne /// Katrine Noël /// Laura Huval /// Michael Juan Nunez /// Rusty Tabor /// Vivianne Roy /// Will Davis

More details on these artists coming soon.


SOLO Sessions is an exclusive and intimate peek into the world of the writers and their SOLO journey.

This ticketed "World Premiere" event was set in the intimate Lafayette First United Methodist Church enhancing this unique and never-been-seen experience for the audience. The audience witnessed, first-hand, the fruit of the SOLO workshop's work and gained an inside perspective of the musical creation process, and an opportunity to connect with the “behind the scenes” aspects of songwriting. 

Visit our homepage to listen to some of the songs performed on this spectacular night.