Matt Meighan

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Songwriting as Truth-Telling
starts Tuesday, September 10

This class explores songwriting as a means to uncover and express deeply-felt truths of the songwriter. We'll write in class and between classes, share our songs, and look at ways of listening and responding that help draw out the writer's intention rather than impose the listener's. An inspiring, non-judgmental space in which to deepen songwriting practice. All levels of experience welcome.

Tuesdays, 7-9 pm - September 10 through October 15 (6 weeks) at Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell, Portland

Enrollment limited to 10 participants. $160.

$30 off Songwriting - Lessons From the Poets if taken with Songwriting as Truth-Telling

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Songwriting - Lessons from the Poets
starts Tuesday, September 10

Close observation, musical language, deep feeling and vivid image are tools of powerful, truth-telling songwriting. Poets have long explored these aspects of writing and embodied their discoveries in language. Songwriters are inheritors of this tradition, and can draw both inspiration and technical knowledge from poetry.

We'll look at great poems, poets and poetic devices, explore what we can use in our songwriting, and experiment with writing based on our discoveries.

For songwriters of all levels of experience.

Tuesdays 6 - 6:50 pm, September 10 thru October 15 (6 weeks). $120

$30 off if taken with Songwriting as Truth-Telling

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Sixth Annual
Donegal, Ireland Songwriting Retreat
April 17 - 25, 2020

Join me for a week-long songwriting retreat in Donegal, Ireland! We'll spend a week in a seaside Irish village, writing and sharing songs, getting to know the local area, and enjoying Ireland's natural beauty. Limited to 10 participants.

For more info see Donegal Songwriting Retreat or contact Matt:


9th annual
Hidden River Songwriting Camp
July 24 - 28, 2019

Hidden River Songwriting Camp is a weekend songwriting retreat about two hours from Portland, Oregon. Songwriters gather to write, share songs and enjoy the beauty of the natural site. 2019 will be the ninth year of this weekend of music community and inspiration. Limited to 30 participants per camp.

Details and registration: Hidden River Songwriting Camp



About Matt Meighan

Matt Meighan lives in Portland, Oregon where he performs regularly, teaches the popular weekly Songwriting as Truth-Telling class and hosts the Songwriter Roundup show at Artichoke Music in Portland. He hosts the annual Hidden River Songwriting Camp on the Long Beach, Washington peninsula each July. Matt studied poetry at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where he earned an MFA in writing and poetics. He is currently recording his third CD, Love Today. www.mattmeighan.com