Online Songwriting Retreats

✓ Collaborate with talented songwriters, producers and artists

✓ Improve your craft by writing to LIVE briefs with a specific deadline

✓ Receive critique from award-winning industry experts

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What are Online Songwriting Retreats?

Song 101 ‘Online Songwriting Retreats’ are 3-day, intensive writing camps for songwriters, producers and artists of all backgrounds. Led by a team of award winning industry experts, you’ll be grouped with co-writers and set specific writing tasks to accomplish each day. There’ll be the opportunity to write to LIVE briefs from publishers, as well as a group ‘playback’ session where you can get instant feedback on your songs.



10am – 11am: Introductions

11am – 3pm: Co-writing

4pm – 5pm: Playback & Critique


10am – 11am:  Briefs

11am – 3pm: Co-writing

4pm – 5pm: Playback & Critique


10am – 11am: Briefs

11am – 3pm: Co-writing

4pm – 5pm: Playback & Critique

SEssion Breakdown


After booking your slot, you’ll receive a link to the ‘Zoom’ meeting. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with Zoom – we’ll talk you through it!

You’ll need a computer with an internet connection, a microphone and a webcam. Most modern laptops have these features already built in.

When you book, you’ll be asked a little bit about yourself – if you’re an instrumentalist/lyricist/producer etc. You’ll then be matched with other songwriters who have complimentary skill sets. Musicians tend to be a friendly bunch, so you’ll be in good company!

Song 101 was created out of a passion for songwriting, not for money. Our mentors sign up because they genuinely want to help create amazing songs and help aspiring writers.

You’d be surprised how many complete beginners end up writing the best songs on the retreat! You’ll be paired with experienced musicians who can help bring your song ideas to life.

Live Briefs are opportunities that SONG 101 has sourced from artists, publishers and producers

The third session of each day is the opportunity for each group to showcase their song. This can be a live performance, a phone recording, or a demo that a producer in your group has created. You’ll receive instant feedback from industry experts as well as from all the other writers in the group, and we’ll discuss what the next steps for the song should be.

We understand that everybody leads busy lives. If you have another appointment to make, don’t worry. Just let us know and we can arrange the groups accordingly.

Meet Your Host

Sam Dawson is an award-winning songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Hull, UK. His songs have been recorded by artists around the world, receiving over 1 Million streams on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube etc.

As a graduate of ACM, Sam has written and shared a stage with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the teams behind: Jennifer Lopez, Amy Winehouse, Kenny Rogers, George Benson and Tammy Wynette, to name a few.

Sam is the founder of Song 101, an international songwriting tuition service that helps aspiring songwriters to achieve their goals. As a tutor, Sam has over 10 years of experience, and receives thousands of views on his YouTube Channel every week.

Register Your Interest

We host songwriting retreats throughout the year, and slots are allocated on a first-come-first served basis. Register your interest below and we will be in touch to discuss dates.