The Akron Songwriters Workshop Comes to the Civic Theatre

by Lois Elswick

Are you a songwriter? Would you like to hear about songwriting techniques from acclaimed artists? You’re in luck — The Akron Songwriters Workshop will be held at the Civic Theatre in downtown Akron from Aug. 9 to Aug. 12 with limited spots. This unprecedented event will assist both the novice and seasoned musician in taking his or her songwriting to the next level.

Participants will not only receive tricks and tips about songwriting from a few of the greats, but the workshop will also provide information about the business end of songwriting, including expert advice on marketing and publishing, as well as the ability to submit original work for feedback.

Noted national songwriters hosting workshops at this event include Steve Bogard, who wrote several No. 1 songs for artists such as Reba McEntire and George Strait, rising star Danielle Howle, who created the Swamp Sessions and Grammy nominee Jamie Floyd. Local songwriters Joe Vitale Jr., Chris Allen and Bob Robb will also be in attendance to share their insights on writing, playing and thriving in the Akron music scene.

The Akron Songwriters Workshop runs for four days, with six hours of programming provided each day. The admission fee is $200 for all four days (including lunch), and the workshops run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to the exclusive nature of the event, interested registrants are encouraged to reserve their tickets early by contacting Civic Theatre Office Manager Dylan Yellowlees at

This special four-day workshop provides the unique opportunity to hear professional songwriters share valuable information about the business and provide one-on-one feedback to attendees in the historic and beautiful Akron Civic Theatre. In addition, there will also be cabaret performances each night by the artists showcased during the day. So get your songs together, grab your instrument(s) and head down to the Civic Theatre for a rare dose of advice and guidance from local and national acts.


The Akron Songwriters Workshop

Aug. 9 through Aug. 12

The Akron Civic Theatre, located at 182 S. Main St. in downtown Akron

Workshop passes can be purchased for $200. Passes are limited, so don’t delay!

Contact Dylan Yellowlees at to reserve your spot.

Find more venue information at


Lois Elswick is a playwright, theatre enthusiast, music lover and a sucker for men who wear eyeliner.


(Featured photo courtesy of Akron Civic Theatre.)