SongTown Spring Writing Retreat 2020

March 28-29, 2020 ~ Nashville, TN!

What is a SongtownUSA Creative Writing Retreat?

Spend two days in Nashville, TN, honing your songwriting craft and co-writing with top hit-makers Marty Dodson, Clay Mills, and special guest pro writers/producers!

* 3 Co-writing sessions with top pro writers.

*Each Participant receives worktapes for the 3 songs written.

*Gain insight into the business end of songwriting and make industry contacts with top songwriters and publishers.

*Play your music for a major publisher.

*Evening activities and a chance to hang with Marty and Clay.

Meet The Pro Songwriters/Producers You Will Be Working With:

  • Marty Dodson is a multi -#1 songwriter and is a staff writer at SNG Music.
  • Clay Mills is a multi-#1 hit songwriter and staff writer at EchoVibe Music.

Past Event Pro Writers:

Tentative Schedule:

Friday (optional)

Arrive in Nashville

Meet and Greet Reception – 7pm


Morning Workshop with Industry Pro (TBA)

Writing Session #1  (10 am)


Writing Session # 2  (2:30 pm)



Morning Session 9 am- Music Industry Pro (TBA)

Writing Session #3  (10 am)


Writing Session #4  (2:30 pm)

Dinner- Wrap up hang and dinner to close out the weekend!

Price of Retreat:

$1999 – Early Bird sign-up (Before 3/10/20)

$2299 – Regular Price

$999.00 – Non-refundable deposit due when you reserve your spot and balance will be paid 2 weeks before event.

*Lodging, Transportation, and Meals not included.
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We hope you’ll consider taking your songwriting to the next level. This intensive retreat can only support a small number of participants. This ensures quality co-writing time. We’re going to work hard most of this weekend, but there will be breaks for fun as well! We’d love to have some of our SongTownUSA friends come to Music City for this one-of-a-kind creative event.

Write on! ~ Marty Dodson & Clay Mills

Got questions? Contact us and we’ll answer any questions you have.

Email to be put on the waiting list for first dibs when registration opens!

What past atttendees are saying:

Ben Freeman 

This was one of the best things I’ve done for my songwriting. You’ll never get a better perspective on how a hit songwriter works than by writing with them. Clay and Marty are great people and a great hang. Everyone should do this if they have the opportunity!

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Kate Smith 

I have been writing for 15 years and have never found anything that can compare to the SongTown retreat. Clay and Marty are not only extremely talented but are patient and wonderful teachers. After the spring 2014 retreat my confidence was so high that I asked local artists to write and began working with some of them. I loved the retreat so much that I am coming back for another one this year!

John Reynolds 

Don’t even stop to think…Just click the link…’cause if you blink…all the slots will be filled to the brink! Amazing experience! Both Clay and Marty are the real thing. Give yourself one of the greatest songwriting gifts you can give yourself and spend an amazing weekend in Nashville ! I’d do it again !

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Karen Kiley

I had to wait until I signed up again to post a review because I didn’t want to convince anyone to get my spot. I am doing it for the 2nd time, because it was so awesome the first time. I hope that’s ok, but all the planets aligned, and I couldn’t pass up this incredible opportunity. These tickets go fast, and you won’t regret it, or I wouldn’t be doing it again. Really, I can’t recommend this enough.

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Tony Brice

Attending a Songtown Creative Retreat is one of — if not THE — best investments I’ve ever made in my songwriting career. The co-writing opportunities alone are worth the cost… another attendee and I co-wrote a song at the 2014 retreat with a writer who has a song up for a Grammy award this coming Sunday night! Then on top of that, it’s a great opportunity to meet and get to know multiple hit writers, new co-writers, music publishers, and songpluggers in a casual setting with everyone supporting one another. I can’t recommend these retreats highly enough!

Marie Lester

I have just reserved a spot for my 3rd retreat, so excited ….

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Steve Smentek 

5 stars all the way around! Clay and Marty run world class events, and the creative retreat puts you directly in the co-writing room with the pros! There is no better way to learn then to dive right in and see how the masters craft their songs. The retreat has forever changed my approach! Clay and Marty bring in relevant industry professionals, and they all are down to earth, good people, who really want to teach and help you on your journey. The hands on experience and advice received is literally priceless, you can’t find it in a book or a youtube video. The kicker is all the great relationships you will form with your fellow attendees!

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Kevin Rowe 

All, I just attended my second retreat. I have to say I am planning on continuing to do them. I know its not cheap but the learning experience of writing with pro writers is priceless. You get a chance to work with real SUCCESSFUL industry pros in writing sessions just like they do. You will learn much about the process and pace that the pros work at. Even though you are working with pros, they are approachable, good folks. I have been able to work with Marty, Clay, Ryan, Danny, Chuck and all were unique experiences with something to be gained from all of them. Not to mention coming out of it with some songs that I am happy to have been a part of creating. I highly recommend. You will also get a chance to meet, build relationships with, and write with fellow SongTownians which is an added bonus. Again, i’d recommend to anyone serious about writing.

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Jeff Callery

Gotta tell ya…. Had a great time at the Fall Songwriting Retreat. Amazing group of people. Got the chance to write some great songs with the pros Marty Dodson, CLay Mills and Marti Dodson and fellow Songtownians. I am a performing singer/songwriter playing between 80-100 shows per year, so I play the material I write. Not all the time, but most of the time. The songs written at this years retreat went over huge in a room full of people who were not friends and not family…and that’s a good thing. The feeling of playing original songs live is great. The feeling of playing great original songs live is incredible, and to that end I can’t say enough about the time spent in Nashville with the Songtown gang. It’s amazing how great original tunes are received. Can’t wait to get back and write more songs, better songs, great songs. Thank you so much! Jeff

Photos from past SongTown Creative Retreats

Artists Who’ve recorded songs by SongTown co-founders Clay Mills and Marty Dodson: