Frequently Asked Questions
Who attends the camp?
All levels of writing and musical experience are welcome.
Participants have ranged from folks writing their first song to nationally-touring artists with several
albums; most are somewhere between. Many of the campers are Pacific Northwest singer songwriters; we've
also welcomed participants from all over the country and from Europe. Ages have ranged from 17 to 80+.
Most participants play guitar, another string instrument, or keyboards, but songwriters can also work
a capella. All genres of music are welcome.
All are welcome! At Hidden River Songwriting Camp everyone is a peer and everyone learns from everyone else.
How many participants are there?
Camps are limited to 28 participants per camp, and sell out well in advance.
What's the program?
Gates open on Wednesday (for four-day camp) or Thursday (for three-day camp) afternoon. Participants set up and get to know one another the first afternoon, followed by dinner and a campfire song circle. Each morning we meet as a group for guided writing exercises designed to stimulate creativity and generate ideas. Afternoons are free time - you're free to write, collaborate with other participants, or just enjoy the natural site and surroundings.
Early evenings we meet in small song-circles. After dinner we gather around the campfire to share songs. We end Sunday by noon, after breakfast and a closing gathering.
We're guided by the conviction that given time and space to work, a bit of inspiration, and a supportive songwriting community, each songwriter will find their own way forward to develop their craft and go deeper into their songwriting.
Where is it held?
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.
The camp is a 3-hour drive from Portland, Oregon, the nearest airport.
What are the accommodations and food?
Most participants camp in tents or their vehicles. Alternatively, vacation rentals and hotels are available nearby. The camp is an outdoor experience: all classes, song circles and meals are outdoors. Weather can be beautiful, or it can be cool and rainy - campers should come with enough clothes to keep warm and dry.
We'll provide three delicious meals a day, from dinner the first night through Sunday brunch. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available. Please let us know of any food allergies or restrictions when registering. Coffee and tea are available all day.
What is the cancellation / refund policy?
All payments are non-refundable. Exceptions may be made if someone on the waiting list or someone not already registered can take your spot.
If you have any other questions, please let us know - contact