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Songwriting Weekend Workshop w/ Robbie Schaefer

Friday, November 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

|Recurring Class (See all)

One event on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:00 am

One event on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm


Whether you’re a seasoned songwriter stuck in a rut, a bedroom poet searching for a new home for your words, or a lifelong accountant feeling the urge to try something new and (a bit) scary, Robbie Schaefer will help you (re)discover your most authentic voice and introduce you to a few nifty tools and strategies along the way. Over the course of the weekend workshop, Robbie will break down the writing process of his own songs, lead the group through creativity exercises, and help participants open to their own unique channels of creativity and self-expression. And snacks. He’ll provide snacks.


Sample Itinerary:

Friday, 7pm-9pm


Mini-concert by Robbie

Preparing to Write

Saturday, 10am-5pm

10am-11am: Creativity and Writing Exercises

11am-12pm: Songwriting is Scary

12-1: Lunch

1pm-2:30pm: Hand-Crafting Your Song: words, melody, and rhythm

2:30pm-3pm: Break

3pm-5pm: One-on-one consultations with Robbie/solo or co-writing time

Sunday, 12pm-3pm

12pm-1pm: Group Feedback and discussion

1pm-2pm: The Refining Process

2pm-3pm: Song Sharing (optional)




 Do I need to play an instrument to attend?

No! While you are welcome and encouraged to bring an instrument with which you prefer to write (guitar, ukulele, violin, glockenspiel), playing an instrument is not a pre-requisite for the work we’ll be doing. There will be one electric keyboard provided for the group.

I’m kind of shy. How big will this group be?

We get it. Creating in a group is a vulnerable thing to do, and the creative process is not one-size-fits-all. Robbie endeavors to create a safe, open, and intimate environment in which to explore. Therefore, the size of the group will be between 4 and 10 people and, while you will be encouraged to step outside your safety zone from time to time, no one will be asked to do or share something if they are not ready.

 What if I’m under 16 or over 160?

If you are under 16, please send a separate email to us telling us a bit about your background and reasons for wanting to attend. If you are over 160, please do come. We want to see what that looks like.

What if I don’t like snacks?

You do.

What if I’m coming from out of town?

If you are attending from out of town, you are responsible for your own lodging and transportation costs. However, we are happy to provide you with a list of close-by hotels and other amenities.

Should I have my mom pack my lunch?

If your mom is still packing your lunch even though you’re 47 years old and married with 3 kids, then we have more important things to discuss than songwriting. That said, you are welcome to bring your own lunch (just bring something decent to trade, for pete’s sake). There are also various food options just a few steps from The Insight Shop, including Cava, Chop’d, Mod Pizza, and Taco Bamba, just to name a few.


Robbie Schaefer is a musician, songwriter, and playwright devoted to art as activism. He is the guitarist and songwriter for the indie folk band Eddie From Ohio and has released several solo albums, including his most recent, 2017′s Sounds Like Home: Songs From the Musical, Light Years. He is also the founder of OneVoice, an international non-profit devoted to uniting and empowering youth through music and the creative arts. The organization has on-going projects in Tanzania, Nicaragua, India, and Pikpa refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece. Robbie served as on-air host and Music Director at Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Kids Place Live from 2007-2012, and in 2012 and 2016 presented TEDx Youth talks in Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris), France. His songs have been licensed by Samsung, and he has created commissioned works for the American Red Cross, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and the world premiere of Gulf View Drive at the Actor’s Co-op in Los Angeles, CA. His first work for musical theater, LIGHT YEARS, saw its world premiere at Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA) in February, 2018.


Friday, November 9, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Insight Shop
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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