Song Writing & Creative Writing Workshops
and Vocational Reflection Workshops

Writing Mindfully: Exploring The Sacred Ordinary

Songwriters, poetry, and prose writers of all experience levels are welcome to explore writing in this workshop. It focuses on the paying attention to the details, honoring our daily experiences and moving our experiences to a creative expression. Carrie Has presented this workshop in spiritual and secular settings throughout the United States. This class is presented in a safe, and nurturing context.

Writing Mindfully: Exploring The Sacred Ordinary in Song

This workshop is similar to the Writing Mindfully workshop, but is limited to songwriters, focusing on authentic voice and effective song craft in the American folk and pop traditions. Carrie can work with students in a group setting or in individual sessions focusing on songwriting, performance, craft, and philosophy. Carrie will often co-write one-on-one with advanced students or create songs in group settings so that students can experience the songwriting process in a fun and encouraging context.

All Together Now: A Group Songwriting Experience

In this workshop or classroom experience Carrie will lead a class or group through the steps of identifying a theme, developing language and music, and creating a song as a group. The entire process happens within one class session in a fast paced, fun and inclusive experience. Carrie has facilitated this workshop experience in a variety of educational institutions and age groups. It allows students to consider a work of literature, art or poetry, and themes such as sustainability, social justice, authentic work, service and ministry and move it into an artistic expression.

Our Lives as Sacred Story: A Creative Exploration Of The Heart and Spirit of Our Experience

Carrie Newcomer invites participants to explore the depth and value of our own stories. When we frame our individual and community stories through a spiritual lens, it changes how we see ourselves and the world. This class explores paying attention and honoring our daily experiences. Carrie will use conversation, exploratory writing, music, group and individual experiences. This workshop has been developed to be very safe and encouraging. It welcomes all, including those who have previous experience in writing, songwriting or creative expression, as well as those who are interested in exploring new ways to tell their own personal and spiritual story.

Heart and Soul: Songwriting as a Spiritual Practice

Songwriters of all experience levels are welcome to explore writing in this workshop. It focuses on the power, value and healing in telling our stories from our authentic voices and everyday experiences. In this workshop Carrie will introduce helpful, practical tools for crafting effective songs, as well as expand the borders and definition of spiritual songwriting. This workshop has been developed to be very safe, nurturing and encouraging. It welcomes all, including those who have previous experience in songwriting and those who are interested in exploring new ways to tell their personal and spiritual stories.

The Beautiful Not Yet - Hope, Hard Times, Faithfulness and Possibility

This workshop will be based upon Carrie’s song “The Beautiful Not Yet”  and focus on stories of envisioning in a time of challenge for individuals and the community.  Carrie will perform the song, and then use the lyrics as a jumping off point for conversation and reflective writing.  It will explore the idea that the working of compassion, love, justice and spiritual awakening  through the lens of faithfulness.  Participants will consider the things that have helped us in hard times, and ponder if those things are still available to us, and if so how do we access them.  Sometimes we see the fruit from the trees we plant. Sometimes we rest in knowledge that the seeds we plant are an act of hope and faith, regardless of the seeable results.

I’d recommend Carrie Newcomer as an instructor for any writing workshop in which a high value is placed on each individual writer’s journey and growth as a writer. Carrie has lessons to teach us all about moving gracefully through the world as an artist.

Georgann Eubanks, Director - Duke University Writers Conference