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Songwriting with Jen Mize

This workshop is designed to provide students with an array of powerful songwriting tools aimed specifically at improving the effectiveness of creative expression.
13 - 17 JAN 2020
8.30 AM - 4.00 PM

Students will be given an efficient and effective process for tailoring songs to better express their ideas and emotions.

Sessions will look at detailed strategies for developing song ideas and investigate how all the individual elements ie lyrics, harmony, rhythm, melody and form can all be utilised to effectively support one another.

In addition to the traditional classroom style lessons each day, students will spend time crafting and presenting new work as well as having daily opportunities to present both existing and new work for valuable feedback.

About Jen 

Jen Mize regularly performs, teaches and is always songwriting. Her most recent album is a collaboration with Mark Sholtez – Twilight on the Trail – “a tribute to the great cowboy crooners and their iconic cowboy songs”.

Coming off the back of her stellar album (‘Fear, Pride & a few Stubborn Angels’), which charted in the US on the “Americana Top 100”, Jen has been busy touring and earning the accolades that come with the hard work of being an alternative country troubadour and letting authentic songs stand on their own two feet.

In April 2016, Jen took 26 songs down to the central coast of New South Wales to record the 12 track album ‘Warnings & Wisdom’ with Aria, APRA & Golden Guitar winning producer & songwriter Shane Nicholson.‘It was like being in the lair of a musical mad-scientist...’ said Mize. There is a ‘no fear’ attitude on the record. A kind of shout-it-from-a-mountain-top epicness about it... One that, I think, fits both where I am in my life, and the songs themselves.’

Early 2017, Jen Mize released a bittersweet ballad of two broken souls, Mize's 'Forget Her' is a timeless duet with Duncan Toombs. This is the second single off Jen's second album "Warnings & Wisdom". Download this track at

A descendant of the Lumbee Tribe of Native Americans, Mize hails from a family of Georgia cotton farmers. Jen graduated from the Boston Conservatory and has since shared the stage with the likes of Michael Buble, Iris Dement, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, former Supreme Mary Wilson and Duncan Toombs.

‘Jen Mize is more than a great singer-songwriter... she’s a true artist. From the first time I heard her sing, she gripped my heart with raw honesty and deep soul.’ -John Walker, Music City Roots

‘The album (Warnings & Wisdom) contains lovingly crafted songs and can be filed alongside the likes of Lucinda Williams & Patty Griffin – fine company indeed.’ – Lachlan Bryan, Mint Magazine