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Songwriter Retreat

Highlights from a recent songwriter retreat with Louisa Branscomb at Woodsong Farm.


Louisa's Story: Writing the Wild Frontier

Community Activist and Songwriter Advocate

Songwriting Program Innovator


  • April 13 -15 Woodsong Farm Spring Songwriter Retreat

    Join Louisa for three days of songwriting instruction and inspiration near Cartersville Georgia. Along with Louisa, staff include Becky Buller, Jeanette and Johnny Williams.  Click here to view and download the 2018 Spring Retreat Flier

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  • Louisa Received IBMA 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award

    Louisa has been honored as one of the IBMA's recipients of their 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award. Read all about it in their press release below!

    Louisa Branscomb, PhD receives Distinguished Achievement Award

    The Distinguished Achievement Award of the International Bluegrass Music Association is one of the highest honors in the field. It is reserved for those who been forerunners in their field, and have made substantial contributions that broaden the genre's accessibility and recognition. Louisa Branscomb is recognized for her contributions as a Songwriter and musician and as a songwriter educator, organizer, and advocate. She is best known for writing nearly 200d recorded songs, including Alison Krauss’ first hit and John Denver’s final hit, “Steel Rails,” one of the longest running chart hits in bluegrass history. She also penned 2014 Song of the Year (co-written with Lynch). Awards include Song of the Year 1991 (SPBGMA), Song of the Year 2014 (IBMA), Atlanta Music Hall of Fame, two Recorded Event of the Year Awards (IBMA), a first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, and a Georgia Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Louisa's evolved a pioneering model of songwriter development and mentorship through 26 years of directing her program at "Woodsong Farm Writer Retreat," one of the oldest ongoing songwriter workshops in the country. Utilizing the natural setting along with techniques for accessing the deepest voice of each individual writer, she has hosted over 1000 participants, including many returning participants working toward the master level of songwriting through her Woodsong model of mentorship. Combining her careers as psychologist and songwriter, she has researched using songwriting as a treatment intervention for post traumatic stress in veterans and children.

    In community organization, Louisa's efforts for the bluegrass songwriting community have proven catalytic in professionalizing that segment of the field. Branscomb was founding member of the IBMA Songwriter Committee,… Read More +

  • Songwriting Research Distinction!

    Louisa's work using songwriting with foster kids, the first of its kind, was selected for presentation at the 2017 Bluegrass Symposium, Sept 29-30, in Raleigh, IBMA. Click here to view her project!

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  • WoodsongWriter Annual Fall Retreat - Oct 20-22, 2017

    This is a time of change around us and often within. Change can cause doubt, or be a source of powerful inspiration and creativity for our writing. Come reflect, write, and work with a small group of participants in the beauty of the Blue Ridge hills, with an award winning guest staff. We welcome you to be a part of the Woodsong Community, where for 26 years writers have enjoyed the farm's historic beauty and Louisa's acclaimed model of facilitating songwriter development, at all levels of writing ability.
    Where: Blue Ridge foothills of N. GA.
                50 min. from Atlanta, and Chattanooga, TN
    When:  October 19-21
    Oct 19: Pre-Retreat "Write and Polish" w/ Louisa 1-5, $100
                Warm up your skills with one-on-one coaching and
                free writing on the farm. Polish current songs, or 
                create new ideas to complete at the retreat.
    Oct 20-21: CHANGE. Harnessing change around us and within us
                for powerful songwriting. Inspiration, craft, feedback.
    Lodging: Comfortable, affordable lodging group rate at 
               nearby Clarion Inn, White, GA.
    Limited space, reserve early.

    More info: Contact Louisa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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  • 2017 dates for Louisa Branscomb & Friends of Distinction

    Louisa has teamed up with Zach Ovington, Gordy Nichols, Micahan Boney, and Richard Ciferski to form Louisa Branscomb and Friends of Distinction.  They're booking dates for 2017 and you can learn more about them here.


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