Pat Pattison Seminars and Master Classes

by | 3 May, 2012

World renowned songwriting teacher and author Pat Pattison will present two 2-day Songwriting Seminars and Master Classes in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne this June.

In these seminars, songwriters will explore the challenges from Pat Pattison’s new book, Songwriting Without Boundaries: Lyric Writing Exercises for Finding Your Voice, in-depth. Pattison’s groundbreaking work on metaphor opens a portal to seeing the world not only for what it is, but for what it could be. Writers learn to integrate Object Writing into their Songwriting; create powerful and effective metaphor, using straight-forward exercises to extend and reverse metaphor, and finally, work with rhythm and rhyme, preparing your writing for its journey into song.

Pattison states that these seminars will open your mind and release your best ideas. As the keynote speaker at the West Australian Music Conference in Perth June 1, and featured speaker at APRA’s SongSummit 26th to 28th May Pattison is looking forward to working with songwriters in Australia as they hone their craft.

Participants in the seminars will have an opportunity to receive constructive critiques of their songs and lyrics. Spaces in Master Classes are also available for both participants and observers.

I would not be the writer I am today without [Pat’s] teaching and his unique and comprehensive understanding of language, rhyme, rhythm, and structure. To this day, when I struggle with a lyric and find myself falling short, I am usually ignoring some very sound advice contained in these pages. And I read it again – 3-time Grammy winner Gillian Welch

I took a class with a great teacher named Pat Pattison… I learned a lot in that class…and I still read that book, Writing Better Lyrics. I think it’s great– 7-time Grammy winner John Mayer

Pat Pattison does the impossible. He takes the mystery out of songwriting without taking the heart out of it – Hit Songwriter David Wilcox.

Pat Pattison is a Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches Lyric Writing and Poetry. In addition to his four books, Pat has developed five online courses in lyric writing and poetry for Berklee’s Online School. He has written more than 30 articles for Home & Studio Recording Magazine, and Performing Songwriter. Pat continues to present songwriting clinics across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Several of his students have won Grammys, including John Mayer and Gillian Welch. More at

  • Brisbane seminar: June 2 and 3, 10:00am-4:00pm both days
  • Brisbane Masterclass: June 4, 6:30pm-10:30pm
  • JMC Academy, 75 Grey St, South Brisbane, QLD 4101
  • Sydney seminar: June 16 and 17, 10:00am-4:00pm both days
  • Sydney Masterclass: June 18, 6:30pm-10:30pm
  • JMC Academy, entry via 15 Cooper St side doors, Surry Hills NSW 2010
  • Melbourne seminar: June 23 and 24, 10:00am-4:00pm both days
  • Melbourne Masterclass: June 25, 6:30pm-10:30pm
  • JMC Academy, 171 Bank St, South Melbourne, VIC 3205

Registration fees for each two-day seminar are $250 for non APRA members and $200 for APRA members (see for full range of discounts available).
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