Zigzag Songwriting Camps July 17-20 and July 23-27, 2014
5th annual
Zigzag Songwriting Camps
July 16-19 & July 22-26, 2015

Zigzag Songwriting Camp is a weekend songwriting retreat on 50 beautiful acres on Mt. Hood near Zigzag, Oregon. Songwriters gather for several days to write, share songs and enjoy the beauty of the natural site.

The 2015 camp will be July 16-19. (July 22-26 camp is sold out).

Songwriters Camp sign

Writing workshops in the mornings, with free time to write and enjoy the wooded site and surrounding national forest 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; space is limited.

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Comments from past Zigzag 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! "

"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"

Zigzag Songwriting Camp Instructors "Wonderful! 10 out of 10!.. thanks!"

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

Located on Mount Hood about an hour from Portland, Zigzag Mountain Farm is home to an organic garden, old homestead, house, yurts, and barn. 50 acres of open meadows and forest, bordering thousands of acres of national forest. A year-round creek flows through the property and 3 major rivers are nearby. The Zigzag Mountain Lookout Trail leaves from the property.

Zigzag Songwriting Camp Instructor Matt Meighan
Matt Meighan teaches the popular "Songwriting as Truth-Telling" class and hosts the weekly Songwriter Roundup show 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."




Zigzag Songwriting Camp Instructor Chris Kokesh
Chris Kokesh is an award-winning songwriter and frequent teacher at the Sisters Folk Festival Americana Songwriting Academy. Jeff Douglas of Oregon Public Broadcasting says, "Whether she's with Misty River or on her own, Chris Kokesh is writing songs that stand up with the best."

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