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Songwriting Santa Fe

A four-day songwriting camp and retreat in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, held September 28-October 2, 2023.

Dedicate a weekend to your songwriting craft. This four-day inclusive retreat and camp features workshops with award-winning faculty members, dedicated time to write, and gathering spaces to forge connections with peers. 

Each evening features a special event, including a Welcome Event on Thursday, Song Circle on Friday and a Saturday evening excursion into downtown Santa Fe for a Faculty Concert at San Miguel Mission, a 400+ year old chapel in the heart of the City Different. Songwriting Santa Fe concludes with a Sunday Open Mic, which will be professionally recorded allowing each participant to go home with high-quality promotional video material for their work. 

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Award-Winning Faculty

We're delighted to have Melody Walker, Martin Gilmore, and more join the Songwriting Santa Fe faculty this year. Faculty members will host workshops and are available for one-on-one sessions throughout the weekend. Meet the faculty members.

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Dedicated Time to Write

Each day consists of ample writing time, interspersed with workshops and other gatherings. Hotel rooms are equipped with desks, and for those who like to write outdoors, the 2,400 acre property provides a multitude of quiet places to write and play. See the full schedule.

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Video Content to Share

On Sunday evening, Songwriting Santa Fe concludes with an open mic event, which will be professionally filmed and edited by Studio Red Media Company. Participants will receive their individual videos for their own promotional use. 

Registration Information

Songwriting Santa Fe is a four-day camp and retreat, held September 28-October 2, 2023, with the option to be all-inclusive of lodging and meals for participants. Registration fees increase after August 1—register now to lock in your early-bird price! Payment plans are available.

Base Tuition: $500 (early-bird)

Includes access to day-time workshops and evening events, including ticket to faculty concert and professionally recorded and edited video of participant's open mic performance. 

Meal Package: $90

Includes all on-site meals from Thursday dinner through Monday breakfast. Saturday dinner is not included as part of the meal package—participants will be in downtown Santa Fe prior to the faculty concert with many dining options to choose from.

Lodging: $16-$120/night

Lodging options for participants are tent camping on site, RV hook-up, or hotel room with full bathroom and writing desk. When registering, you'll have the option to select three or four night stays for each of these options.

Meet the Faculty

We're delighted to welcome award-winning faculty members Melody Walker and Martin Gilmore to Songwriting Santa Fe 2023. More faculty members will be announced!

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Glorieta Camps

A 2,400 acre mountain retreat outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

This all-inclusive songwriting retreat takes place at Glorieta Camps, a thirty minute drive from downtown Santa Fe. The conference and retreat center features a range of lodging for every budget, 20+ miles of hiking trails, gardens, and gathering spaces for song circles, late-night jams, and workshops. 


Glorieta lies at 7,500 feet in altitude, with typically warm daytime temps that cool off significantly at night.

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Lodging + Meals

Lodging options: 

  • $120/night: Hotel with double queen beds or a single king size bed, full bathroom and writing desk

  • $26/night: RV pad with 50 amp electric hook-ups

  • $16/night: Tent camping space


  • All meals while on campus take place in the dining hall, served family-style.

  • Meal-packages are $90 for the weekend.

  • Glorieta Camps is a peanut-free kitchen, but participants with other allergies are welcome to bring their own food, with access to an allergy-friendly refrigerator and microwave.

  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.



4:30pm Check-In

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Welcome Event


8:00am Breakfast

9:30am Workshops

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm One-on-Ones, Writing Time

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Song Circle


8:00am Breakfast

9:30am Workshops

11:00am Writing Time

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm One-on-Ones, Writing Time

4:30pm Travel to  Santa Fe + Dinner 

7:30pm Faculty Concert at San Miguel Mission


8:00am Breakfast

10:00am Workshops 

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm One-on-Ones, Writing Time

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Open Mic


8:00am Breakfast

10:00am Check Out


Register before August 1 to lock in your early bird price!

Registration fees begin at $500, and will increase to $600 on August 1, 2023. Payment plans are available. Contact us for more information!

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The San Miguel Mission in downtown Santa Fe.

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