For the past 15 years, the Write About Jesus Workshop has been fulfilling its mission to â€œInspire and Equip the Community of Christian Songwriters.â€ Each year, at its annual 3-day event in St. Charles, MO, songwriters from around the country gather for an intense and fun time of learning and motivation.
Sue C. Smith, the workshopâ€™s founder and director says, â€œWe like to say the workshop is part conference, part obstacle course, and part family reunion! Over the years, our registrants and faculty have developed a strong bond with each other. Itâ€™s always fun for me to see new registrants arrive on Thursday evening a little uncertain of what to expect, but by the time the first few classes are over, they have jumped in with both feet and are part of the WAJ family.â€
Sue is a long-time staff writer with Capitol CMG and has written 9 #1 songs over the years, as well as over 50 musicals that are performed in churches around the world. Each year she brings other writers, publishers, and producers to Write About Jesus to devote 3 days to helping each registrants go to the next level in their writing. These include many Dove-Award winning songwriters who have over 100 #1 songs to their credit.
Over the years, dozens of registrants have used the workshop as a springboard to starting to land cuts on albums, publishing deals, and award nominations. One registrant says, â€œI came to learn about songwriting, which I did. But I took away so much more. The worship, teaching, songs, and all the people I met filled a drained soul with hope and a renewed realization of Godâ€™s amazing love.â€
The weekend also includes a songwriting competition. The Grand Prize winner receives a prize package that is worth well over $1000, but the real prize is the chance to co-write with Christian music veteran writers and meet with major publishers. Previous Grand Prize winners are now writing musicals for top publishing houses as well as getting cuts with major label artists.
This year for the first time, a track for kids 9-14 years old is being launched. Itâ€™s called â€œKids Write About Jesusâ€ and is being hosted by WAJ veterans Nick and Allie Lapointe. Sue says the kids’ track is nearly filled ,and she is incredibly excited about the chance to raise up the next generation of Christian songwriters.
Whether you are just beginning on your songwriting journey or you’re a seasoned writer, you will be encouraged, inspired and motivated by attending the Write About Jesus Workshop.
Several discounts are available and are described on the Workshop link. For more information or to register on line and pay through the siteâ€™s secure shopping cart go toÂ www.writeabout.jesus.com.