International Writing Camp
with Eliot Kennedy & Mark Cawley

19 - 27 October 2019
Sheffield, UK


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Eliot Kennedy

Eliot is an award winning songwriter and has been one of the UK’s most prolific songwriters for the last few decades. He started Steelworks Studios in Sheffield , UK in the mid 90’s and wrote and produced hits with: Spice Girls, Take That, Boyzone, Five, S-Club 7, Billie Piper and Bryan Adams to name a few.

In the early 2000’s Eliot worked on many projects with Bryan Adams including movie’s and work for other artists. These included a grammy win with Aretha Franklin and 33 million selling album ‘Let’s Talk About Love’ with Celine Dion, and movies with Hans Zimmer, Trevor Rabin and Aaron Zigman.

In 2012 and after a stint on national TV as talent producer for ‘The X Factor’, Eliot and his long time collaborator Gary Barlow went on a world wide trip to make the Diamond Jubilee record for Her Majesty The Queen ‘Sing’. This took the pair around the commonwealth (Kenya, Jamaica, Australia and Solomon Islands) creating the music, taking from cultural elements and blending them with the pop signature they are both known for. SING was record of the year and was both number one single and album (featuring other content for the jubilee).

2013 saw Eliot and Gary write their first Broadway musical ‘Finding Neverland’. The show was hit and then went on to 3 years tour of the US. Eliot has since written another musical with Gary (Around The World In 80 Days) and is in the process of writing his third (Empire State Dreams).

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Mark Cawley

Mark Cawley is a hit U.S. songwriter who coaches other writers around the globe through his one on one, online service His songs have been on more than 16 million records with cuts ranging from Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Wynonna Judd, Billie Piper and many more.

He is a judge for the UK Songwriting Contest, Nashville Rising Song, Belmont University's Commercial Music program and West Coast Songwriter events; a contributing author to USA Songwriting and Songwriter Magazine; a sponsor for the Australian Songwriting Association; mentor for The Songwriting Academy UK; and a popular blogger .

His new book, Song Journey, is currently #1 on Amazon in 6 categories. Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, Mark has lived in Boston, L.A., Indianapolis, London, and the last 24 years in Nashville, TN.

The Camp

The camp will be split into two. The first 12 writers will arrive on Saturday 19th October for an induction dinner meeting that will cover the finer details of the course. Day 1 of the first course will start on Sunday 20th October and will run for 3 days at Steelworks Studios, Sheffield, UK.

The second camp of 12 writers will start with an induction dinner meeting on Wed 23rd, and writing will commence Thurs 24th and run for 3 days.

The studio is in the city centre of Sheffield, close to the main train station and close to hotels and shops / restaurants etc. The facility has 4 studios, all equipped with Logic Audio, extensive instruments and sample libraries. This will allow us to split the writers into 4 teams of 3 writers. Each day will have a new challenge for songwriting teams, and each day the teams will be re- arranged. The writing course will be overseen by Eliot and Mark who will tutor and coach each team through their challenges. These challenges will include writing for developing artists at the Steelworks, writing for signed artists internationally who are looking for material, and writing for film.

We will aim to make sure each team has a mixture of lyricist, musicians and track people. However, we will have track guys and programmers on hand.

The idea here is to put the writer in a ‘real world’ situation. In a commercial recording studio environment, to collaborate with people they don’t know and learn the protocols and etiquettes of songwriting commercially. To work together as a team, bringing their individual skills and talents to the job in hand.

Each team will be given their ‘brief’ in the morning of each day, and they will have the whole day to write, record and mix their song demo. This will be played for the whole camp the following morning. The teams will then be re- arranged and given a new brief and off they go again to write, record and deliver they next song, each day bringing new challenges.

Eliot and Mark will drop in to each studio over the day to establish wether the brief has been adhered to, and will coach the teams as they go.

Eliot and Mark will also draw on their extensive experience to talk through the business side of songwriting: publishing, record labels, performance royalties etc etc

Nothing can ever prepare you for the life of a songwriter other than ‘doing it’. It is a demanding life, time is always an issue, delivering on a deadline, dealing with the business side, dealing with management etc. There is a lot to learn and we intend to fill your toolbox with the tools you will need to build your career as a songwriter. This is an incredible opportunity to learn the skills of a professional songwriter.

Costs & Registration

Each 3 day camp will cost £750.00 (GBP) per person which includes hotel (bed and breakfast). Catering will be supplied for lunches also.

Should writers not need a hotel or choose to organize their own, the fee is £550.00 (GBP) per person.

Camp 1: Arriving Sat 19th October, Writing days Sunday 20th, Monday 21st and Tues 22nd October (leaving Wed 23rd)

Camp 2: Arriving Wed 23rd, writing days Thursday 24th, Friday 25th, Sat 26th (leaving Sunday 27th)

A 50% deposit needs to be paid to secure your place, with the remaining 50% payable by Friday 11th October (a week before the camp starts).

There will be a reserve list should the camps sell out. State your preference of Camp 1 or Camp 2, this will be done on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

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