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National Worship Songwriters Day 2014

A day for worship songwriters, everywhere.

Join the full Resound Worship team, along with songwriters from across the UK, for a day of creativity, input and inspiration. Workshops are led by a combination of Resound writers and faculty members from London School of Theology.


9.30 Registration and Coffee

11.00 Opening worship and keynote address

11.00 Workshops and Masterclasses 1

Creating melodies that sing themselves [Geraldine (Latty) Luce]
Some melodies demand to be sung. They seem perfect for the words that sit within them. How do we create melodies like this that come from the heart and engage the mind and spirit by their union with our lyrics? A practical session in using improvisation to generate great melodies for great words.

Learning from the hymns [Joel Payne]
There has been an explosion in worship songwriting in the last 40 years. But worship songs have been written for millenia.  We find them in the pages of our hymnbooks, centuries-worth of creativity and inspiration. What can we learn from the great hymns that will help us to become better songwriters for today?

Songwriting for beginners [Sam Hargreaves & Matt Osgood]
New to worship songwriting? Want to explore the basics, brush up on your skills or figure out where to start? A whistlestop tour of everything you need to know, packed with practical examples.

12.30 Lunch

Lunch is not provided. Delegates should bring a packed lunch or use one of the various shops and cafes within walking distance of the college.

13.30 Worship & Live Recording

Learn the newest Resound Worship songs and contribute to a live group recording that will be used when the songs are released on the website.

14.30 Workshops & Masterclasses 2

Using the Psalms [Dr Miriam Hincksman]
We love to use the psalms in our songwriting. They're the songbook of the Bible. But do we always understand where they're coming from, and what they're trying to say? Come and learn more about the psalms and how you might make better use of them.

Poetic language in worship songs [Sam Hargreaves]
In creative lyrical works, imagery and metaphor are vital. They expand the scope of our meaning and expression, they add beauty and poetry to our words and they impact our hearts as we sing. Explore how to deepen your vault of this expressive and creative language and learn to choose images wisely.

Song critiquing session [Geraldine Luce & Matt Osgood]
Bring a song that you've been working on, share it with other songwriters at the conference and get some feedback that will develop it into the best it can be. Hosted by some of the Resound writers.

16.00 Closing worship, prayer and commissioning

16.30 Close