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Songwriting with David Morris, Dawn Kenney and Guests

Join chart-topping bluegrass songwriter David Morris and special guests for a series of songwriting workshops and events during the festival. These events are free to anyone attending the festival.

Workshop Schedule

Note: All workshops are free with admission to the festival.


Master Class, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with a 30-minute lunch break.

Cover all the bases with an in-depth discussion. We’ll talk about finding ideas, mapping your song, marrying lyrics and melody, how to tell if your song is good, demoing, pitching and collecting royalties. And much more.


Elements of Successful Songwriting, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

A checklist for making every song as good as it can be.

Creative Collaboration, 2-3:30 p.m.

How to write with someone else and live to tell about it.


Taking Your Songs to the Next Level, 2-3:30 p.m.

To get cut, your song not only has to be good. It has to be better than every other song the artist is listening to. This workshop will help you get there.




Dawn Kenney and David Morris are award-winning songwriters who have been working together since 2013. They each have had more than a dozen songs recorded by bluegrass, Americana and folk artists and between them have two number one songs and four that cracked the top 10. In addition to being number one for Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike, their song “Something About a Train” (written with Mitch Matthews) won the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in 2015. Their songs have been featured multiple times in IBMA’s Songwriter Showcase. Dawn is a member of IBMA’s Songwriting Committee. David is a member of the songwriting faculty at Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, MD.




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