Hidden River Songwriting Camps Long Beach Washington July 16-19 and July 22-26, 2015
Sixth annual
Hidden River Songwriting Camps
July 20-24 and July 28-31, 2016

Hidden River Songwriting Camp is a weekend songwriting retreat in the Pacific Northwest. Songwriters gather for several days to write, share songs and enjoy the beauty of the natural site. Led by Matt Meighan and Beth Wood.

2016 dates are July 20-24 (four days - sold out) and July 28-31 (three days - sold out).

The July 20-24 camp is sold out. The July 28-31 camp is sold out.
For sold-out camps, you can register for the waitlist or contact us for more information.

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Writing workshops in the mornings, with free time to write, collaborate, and enjoy the site in the afternoons. Evenings we gather for song circles and camp fires. Emphasis is on crafting songs that ring true and express the unique voice and experiences of the writer. All levels are welcome. Limited to 30 particpants per camp.

This year's camps will be held on the shores of Willlapa Bay near the town of Long Beach, Washington. The 13-acre site is rustic and beautiful, providing camp sites, kitchen, fire circle, wood-fired sauna and showers, a great view of Willapa Bay, canoes and paddle boats for use in the bay, and the Pacific Ocean a mile away.

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Comments from past Songwriting Camps:

"I've got wonderful music running through my mind. This camp conjured the muse. I look forward to next year!"

"Wonderful content, music, people, tone, sharing. Thank you Matt & Chris."

"Thank you so much for helping to make such a gorgeous, memorable retreat... now just want to write songs and sing them forever! " Hidden River Songwriting Camp

"I floated home on such a high I haven't come down to earth yet."

"Just spent three days in a beautiful retreat camp in ZigZag,Oregon. A gathering of wonderful songwriters. Morning workshops with Chris Kokesh and Matt Meighan, I could not ask for more. Good Songs Good friends ... what a treasure. Thanks everyone!!!!!!!!! See you all next year"

"Wonderful! 10 out of 10!.. thanks!"

"Thank you. Can't wait for next year...it was perfect."

Hidden River Songwriting Camp Instructor Matt Meighan
Matt Meighan teaches the popular "Songwriting as Truth-Telling" class and hosts Songwriter Roundup at Artichoke Music in Portland. He studied poetry at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where he earned an MFA in writing and poetics. He has been called "one of the most honest voices in folk music." His third album, Unique, will be released in spring of 2016.




Hidden River Songwriting Camp Instructor Beth Wood
Beth Wood has been winning over American audiences for eighteen years. Originally from Lubbock, Texas, Beth spent many years in Austin and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. She has been featured on OPBs Artbeat and on Troubadour, TX and is on the staff of the Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy. Beths ninth album, Sometimes Love, was released in 2014.

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