CAMP COPPERHEAD SCHEDULE & ACTIVITIES
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
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY
● 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.