The Art & Craft of Songwriting 

with Mark Sholtez and Jen Mize

Throughout history, people have used song as a way of telling stories. That tradition of storytelling through music has been key to the successes of some of our most celebrated singer/songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchel, Paul Simon, and James Taylor.

With a particular focus on the craft of lyric writing, this special workshop aims to highlight how form and structure serve as the body language of your ideas. Through the exploration of various musical and lyrical elements, you will learn how to support your creative ideas with an array of songwriting tools designed to help you to bring your own unique stories to life.


About Mark Sholtez

Mark Sholtez is an ARIA nominated, APRA award winning songwriter and recording artist.

His career to date has included collaborations with:

  • Multiple Grammy winning producer Tommy LiPuma (Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis),
  • Grammy Life Time Achievement recipient and noted veteran engineer Al Schmitt (Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson),
  • Multiple Grammy winning producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchel),
  • Other internationally renowned artists and songwriters including Don Walker (Cold Chisel), The Veronicas, Iain Archer (Snow Patrol), Troy Cassar-Daley, and Wendy Mathews.

Mark also teaches Songwriting and Music Production at the University of Southern Queensland.

About Jen Mize…

Jen Mize graduated from the prestigious Boston Conservatory and has since shared the stage with the likes of Michael Buble, Iris Dement and The Duke Ellington Orchestra.  Jen tours regularly and recently recorded her new album Warnings & Wisdom with Aria, APRA & Golden Guitar winning producer and songwriter Shane Nicholson.

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