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Learn how to write a song together

Mentored by Jenny LozanoMentor summary: Hastings Thrives Programme Co-ordinator
Organisation links:
East Sussex Holiday Activities and Food Programme - Summer provision 2022
Location address: Saint Leonards-on-sea, TN38 8HH
Chosen age group:

For ages: 12 - 16 years

Available tickets:
Song Seeds Free
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest
Funded by East Sussex County Council
Universal holiday club with SEND support

A summary

Ever wanted to write a song? We will be working in small groups to share ideas and inspire us. You will learn techniques and skills to write a song. Suitable for all abilities, with or without musical skills. Have some fun, share ideas and get to know and express yourself. Great for both those who love poetry and for those who are not confident with words. This is a course of 3 sessions. We hope to run a further three sessions in the summer (time and venue to be confirmed with students). There will be an opportunity to perform at EggTooth's The Nest in the Old Town of Hastings on Tues 23 August, 6pm. The session will be led by experienced songwriter Mike Willis. “I’m generally not a social person, I don’t have many friends, so it’s just nice to maybe connect with people a bit through these courses. I think it’s actually improved my social-ness, if that makes sense! I’ve always just been absolutely rubbish at socialising, and I think that now I’m able to read out my songs in front...

Jenny Lozano·Hastings Thrives Programme Co-ordinator
I co-ordinate programmes for Hastings Thrives. The course is run by Mike Willis who writes: I was born in Atlanta and began singing professionally at the tender age of 8. While in high school I began playing guitar and writing songs. After High School, I studied Songwriting and Production at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. My education ended early so that I could begin touring in support of my first and second albums. After close brushes with “making it” in LA, NY, and Atlanta, I moved to Nashville to focus more purely on Songwriting. Within six months of my arrival in Nashville, I was writing with hit songwriters and entertaining offers from Music Row Publishers - eventually I signed as a staff songwriter with Scott Hendricks at Big Red Tractor (Warner Brothers Music) and then two years later I moved to Better Angels Music Publishing. During my time as a Staff Songwriter I wrote over 600 songs, and produced more than 100 song demos. I also toured extensively across the US, UK and China with various bands. The highlights: 1.) Winner of International Songwriting Competition Country Category 2.) Eddies Attic Songwriter Shootout Winner 3.) Performed solo on Ryman Stage (Home of Grand Ole Opry) 4.) Songs recorded by artists in Canada and on Canadian Country Chart. 5.) Winner of ASCAP Foundation Award and asked to Perform at the Ceremony in NYC.


There are two courses. Choose all three days from: 9.45 - 12 noon 9.45 - 10am is time to settle in with breakfast snacks available. 10 - 12. Lots of activities and creative breaks to learn building a song. or 12.15- 2.30pm 12.15 - 12.30 is settling in with some lunch available. 12.30 - 2.30pm. Lots of activities and creative breaks to learn building a song. It takes a while to write a song, to perfect it and learn it. These three sessions which will give a taster. We are planning another 3 follow on sessions during the week beginning the 15 August - we will confirm days and times with students attending. We want to provide an opportunity to perform, for those who wish to. This will be at The Nest, in the Old Town at 6pm Tues 23 August.

Learning aims

Learn how to work with others, having fun and creative ideas with words and music

What's provided





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we'll be

Edinburgh Road, Saint Leonards-on-sea, East Sussex, TN38 8HH

Pricing information

Ticket: Song Seeds £0

Pricing information


My experience consists of a leisure activity, on a specific date(s), and therefore the 14-day ‘cooling off period’ under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 does not apply.

Free bookings do not require refunds but as places are limited, please cancel if you cannot attend so that your place can be offered to someone else.


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