Tuesday, September 3rd - Friday, September 6th, 2019


Camp Copperhead is a place where you can come to learn, to co-write, to workshop, to perform for an audience of meaningful peers, and to learn from a true master of the craft.

People come from all over the world to hone their already established skills, take creative risks, and make lifelong personal and professional connections.


● 3:00 ­ 5:00 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Check ­In

● 5:00 ­ 6:00 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Meet and Greet on the Front Lawn

● 6:00 ­ 7:30 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Dinner and Open Mic Sign­ Up in the Tent

● 8:00 ­ 8:45 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Q&A with Steve in the Barn

● 9:00 ­ LATE ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Open Mic in the Roadhouse


● 8:00 ­ 9:30 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Breakfast

● 10:00 ­ 12:00 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Morning Master Class w/Steve Earle 

● 12:30 ­ 2:00 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Lunch

● 2:10 ­ 3:00 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Afternoon Master Class with Steve Earle

·  3:00-6:00: Breakout Sessions

○      3:00-3:45 - Breakout Session A

•       Groups 1,2,3,4,5: Guest Instructor Workshop in the Barn

•       Groups 6-19: Lyrics as Poetry in the Cafe OR Writing Space in the Woodchip Tent

○      3:45-4:30 - Breakout Session B

•       Groups 6,7,8,9,10: Guest Instructor Workshop 

•       Groups 1-5 & 11-19: Lyrics as Poetry in the Cafe OR Writing Space in the Woodchip Tent

○      4:30-5:15 - Breakout Session C

•       Groups 11, 12,13,14, 15: Guest Instructor Workshop in the Barn

•       Groups 1-10 & 15-19: Lyrics as Poetry in the Cafe OR Writing Space in the Woodchip Tent

○      5:15-6:00 - Breakout Session D

•       Groups 16,17,18,19: Guest Instructor Workshop in the Barn

•       Groups 1-15: Lyrics as Poetry in the Cafe OR Writing Space in the Woodchip Tent

● 6:30 ­ 8:00 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Dinner

● 8:30 ­ Late ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Open Mic In the Roadhouse /


● 8:30 ­ 9:30 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Steve Earle Concert in the Roadhouse on Wednesday Night

● 9:45 ­ LATE ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Open Mic in Roadhouse


● 8:30 ­ 10:00 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Breakfast

● 11am: Check Out & Departure


History and Craft

Not everybody writes a song like Steve Earle writes a song. There is a strong tradition behind his particular brand of songwriting. It crosses genres, from folk to blues to rock and roll. It knows who its troubadours are, from Bob Dylan to Guy Clark to Townes Van Zandt. Steve will be talking about the rich history of his craft

Co­writing is its own distinct practice, an important tool in a songwriter’s skill­set. This lecture will take a look at how Steve and Shawn Colvin came together to create the collaborative works of art on their forthcoming co­written record.

Shakespeare and Songwriting’s Literary Backbone

These days, Steve gets hard core by going to the old school. Shakespeare. Iambic pentameter. The very roots of putting words together to tell stories. Poetry. How it works, what it does, what it can do, and how it informs his writing. That heartbeat rhythm of a favorite song is the same metered thump of Henry V, or Hamlet, or any number of sonnets. In this lecture, Steve will get to the way back basics, and it will blow your mind.

 Lyric As Poetry

Not every song is a poem. But a lot of the good ones are. Steve Earle writes songs that are poems. So did Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt. Do you? Poet & professor Caroline Randall Williams will walk you through what it is that makes a song a poem, and invites you to bring in some of your own work to analyze and to develop.