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California Songwriting Camp


A Songwriter’s and Music Makers Haven

Dive deep into your creativity

Learn, grow, expand

Formerly known as Summersongs West, our newly named CA Songwriting Camp was founded in 2003 by our dear friend, singer/songwriter/teacher/mentor, Penny Nichols.  Penny built a songwriter’s community and family that spans across the states and created a safe haven for creative inspiration and artistic growth. 

CA Songwriting Camp is a retreat from the hectic hubbub of everyday life. You will dive deep into your creativity. Camp is an uplifting experience for songwriters of ALL levels — whether you’ve written 100 songs, are looking to write your best song, or haven’t written one…yet! Our musical community continues to cherish Penny’s vision of a “music camp for grown-ups”,  which allows each person’s artistry to shine and for us all to gather to have fun, sing, create, dance, learn, and share our hearts. 

Join us at camp to listen and learn from nationally-known touring artists; our teachers are handpicked and are among the very finest of songwriters and instructors. Each day we offer a variety of workshops to strengthen and hone your craft as a songwriter/musician.  We encourage collaboration among attendees and teachers for writing, singing and performing.

Every evening we have concerts, coffeehouse performances, song circles, and jams, which go late into the night. Being at CA Songwriting Camp is an exciting, life expanding experience.  Located on 13 acres of pristine coastline, Camp Ocean Pines is nestled in Cambria, CA, above the cliffs along the Pacific Ocean.  Come connect with your own passion and creativity and you’ll have the opportunity to make life long friends and be a part of an ever-growing musical community with folks from all corners of the globe. You will study  and harmonize with some of the world’s best songwriters and musicians and have a fabulous, fun, inspiring time!!

The fees are:

On site lodging (4 nights with 11 meals):  $650 (after April 24, 2018 the fee is $700)

Off site lodging (11 meals included):   $570 (after April 24, 2018 the fee is $620)

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required at the time of registration.  Full payment is due 30 days prior to the camp and there are no refunds after this payment.

We do need a minimum of 50 participants for this camp.

If you have any questions, please contact Luann Jackman at 805-924-4016 and be sure to  check out the songwriting camp website.

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