HPPR presents songwriting workshop with Dana Cooper

May 16, 2014

Dana Cooper

HPPR proudly presents a first for us... a songwriting workshop with singer-songwriter Dana Cooper!

The workshop will take place on Saturday, May 17 from 10am to 1pm in our Amarillo facility, located on the NW corner of 6th and Polk. We are in the basement of Amarillo National Bank's Special Assets Center at 104 SW 6th Ave.

Dana's songs have been recorded by bluegrass great Claire Lynch, Maura O'Connell, Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner, among others. This a great opportunity for singer-songwriters of all genres to get a look at the particular process of a critically acclaimed songwriter.

The cost for this workshop is $30.00, payable at the door. To make a reservation, please call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org. Space is limited for the workshop, so don't delay. Don't miss this one of a kind event! Below is a synopsis of the workshop.

Dana Cooper Workshops:
The Voice Inside: Finding Your Own Song

A writer must write. Simple enough. As different as each writer is from another, so differ their circumstances, work habits good and bad, time restraints, inspirations and aspirations. As writers most of us face times of creative block up, self - doubt or plain uncertainty of where to start.

In this workshop we will explore the play and the work of writing, how to create and sustain an environment of inspiration, and we will examine practices to develop more effective work habits.  Dana will share ideas and practices that help him create and sustain an environment and lifestyle which nurture his development as a writer and artist. Students will have an opportunity to respond, comment and ask questions.  A series of word play and writing exercises will be employed to stimulate and capture creative ideas for possible further development into a song. Emphasis is on having fun as a writer, listening to the creative voice within and ignoring the inner editor. Some attention will be paid to negotiating with the inner editor while retaining the original voice of inspiration. Completed songs may be shared and evaluated. Efficiency of process and not quality is the concern here.  There will be ample time for questions and answers.