Girls & Guitars 2023

Start 2023 with a song!

Write it yourself in four two-hour classes. You may get a chance to perform at Hillside Inside, February 3–5, 2023!

$115 (includes HST) for all four classes. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention.

For four dark nights in the depths of winter, between the hours of 7 and 9, you’ll start and finish a song through four lessons.

Monday, January 9: Lesson 1

Making your chorus more effective, memorable, and singable.

Monday, January 16: Lesson 1

Overcoming barriers to writing the 2nd and 3rd verse.

Monday, January 23: Lesson 1

Structuring your song to better reflect its emotional content.

Monday, January 30: Lesson 1

Putting it all together; learning how to self-critique and edit.


Guelph-based award-winning singer-songwriter Doris Folkens is developing a reputation as a storyteller in Canada’s folk music scene. Her debut album is firmly rooted in bluegrass-folk.


  • Basic music knowledge required—guitar, piano, etc.
  • The idea is to create a new song from start to finish—a song of which you are proud, which you have never necessarily thought of before, using a songwriting technique that you may never have used before. Come with an open mind, ready to start something completely new.
  • Lessons will include supportive songwriting circles that will help you communicate the emotion of a song better.
  • Plan to attend all four classes.
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