Please join the Fayetteville Public Library, in partnership with the Walton Arts Center, on Thursday, March 7 from 1:00-3:00 pm for Songwriting from the Inside Out with Gretchen Peters.


A great song, like all art, holds a mirror up and reflects who we are. Songwriting, at its heart, is storytelling, and telling your story in a compelling way comes down to authenticity. It’s about what you say, and what you don’t say. It’s about the truth, not necessarily the facts. In this workshop, we’ll explore the process of songwriting—the art and the craft, and the delicate balance between the two. We’ll learn how to keep a sense of creative play and when (and how) to welcome the inner critic into the room. We’ll explore ways to work through “writer’s block.” We’ll learn that only through the specific do you achieve the universal—the holy grail in songwriting and all writing. We’ll learn to write from the inside out, beginning with the spark of an idea and following it all the way to its full realization.

Time permitting, participants will be able to play a song for the group and receive a brief critique.  


This workshop is free to the public, but registration is required.



 About Gretchen Peters:


For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville’s most beloved and respected artists – rising to the top of her craft by writing and recording songs that explore the deep corners of life with empathy and integrity. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2014 and named one of the best 60 female singer-songwriters of all time by The Telegraph, Peters has undoubtedly earned herself a spot among the country’s upper echelon of contemporary composers and among her generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters.  Peters is appearing at the Walton Arts Center as part of the West Street Live series.  For more information on that performance, visit the Walton Arts Center.