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Songwriting: Creative Lyric Writing Approaches

Ended Dec 3, 2018

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Full course description

Course Date:

Nov 5 - Dec 3, 2018


4 weeks


3-4 hrs/week



Course Type:





Songwriting: Creative Lyric Writing Approaches is a free course created by The Academy of Music & Sound. This course is suitable for beginners through to experienced songwriters; anyone who wishes to invigorate or reinvigorate their lyrical output. This course aims to equip you with a number of writing techniques and creative tools that will get you inspired and committed to your writing aspirations.

The syllabus for this course is set out over four weeks, with each week focusing on different areas of lyric writing. Each week provides helpful, practical, creative conversations, interviews and activities in order to help you grow as a songwriter and communicator. Each week also contains a 'Guided Audio' podcast to assist you with automatic writing. Here is a breakdown of the topics covered within the next four weeks:

Week 1 - 'Show, Don't Tell' - Journalling & Sensory Writing
Week 2 - 'Collecting Inspiration' - Art as Theft & Mining
Week 3 - 'Storytelling' - Narrative & Metaphor Creation
Week 4 - 'Keeping it Real' - Prosody & Finishing a Song

Rather than focusing on assessments and teaching how songs should be written, this course intends to open up your creativity and get you writing with a stronger sense of openness, commitment and discipline.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Complete a dedicated songwriting journal, in particular to create daily automatic writing entries.
  • Collect new sources of inspiration including new media, reading materials, different environments, conversations and activities.
  • Create a storyline involving an archetypal character, and to translate this narrative writing experience in to a song writing format.
  • Recognise and overcome the personal barriers experienced when writing lyrics to produce a first draft of a complete song.

Target Audience: Lifelong learners who wish to invigorate or reinvigorate their lyrical output.

Course is offered by Academy of Music & Sound.

Course Instructors

Lewis Harding

Lewis Harding

Mentor & Author

Lewis has taught a range of subjects for the Academy of Music & Sound over the past seven years, including music history, artist development, live performance workshop, guitar techniques and songwriting. Lewis has a BA (Hons) in Music Performance, specialising in Songwriting. He has written songs for film soundtracks, various artists in the UK and the US and is currently working towards releasing his first solo EP.