songwriting-at-the-guildJan Krist has been teaching songwriting workshops for the past 20 years. She teaches both Spring and summer workshops annually for the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth WA and also teaches for several other well established writers retreats including:

  • Central Ohio Folk Fest
  • Above the Bridge Songwriting Workshop in Curtis, MI
  • Cornerstone Festival’s Prairie School of Writing, IL
  • The Grunewald Guild in Plain, WA (2 hours east of Seattle)
  • Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters in Harbor Springs, MI
  • Thumb Fest, Lexington, MI
  • Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

songwriting3Here is what some of the attendees at Jan’s workshop have had to say about their experience with Jan’s workshops:

Mandy Troxel Writing a song is a little miracle every time. How Jan manages to facilitate miracles from an entire group of songwriters is nothing short of superhuman. From seasoned songwriters to first-timers, I am always amazed at how she manages to push each of us in just the right places. Personally, the songs I have brought home from Jan’s songwriting workshops are among my favorites. Not just for the song itself, but for the laughter and camaraderie that happened alongside the miracle!

Lindsey Hoffman I thought I wasn’t a songwriter, but when I met Jan Krist, I discovered I was wrong! She inspires confidence in the process and in oneself, providing reassurance and good humor while pushing you to your creative limits. I found the process addictive, and have returned to her workshops quite a few times. The world has so many more good songs in it because of Jan, and I’m proud to say that a few of them are mine!

Steve Cairns Jan has a gift for creating community– a welcoming context in which each member is encouraged to stretch, create, and collaborate in very good company. Perhaps that’s why many folks return to make Jan’s workshop an annual part of their summer!

Cheryl Branz Jan Krist, has a unique way of taking the fear out of songwriting (from one who panics at the start of the process almost every time). I have seen her work with every age and skill set and I marvel every time at the songs she has helped them bring into the world. She is a consummate and patient teacher who will do whatever it takes to help you with your creative vision!

Emily Ann Peterson I am so so SO proud call Jan Krist my songwriting fairy godmother! More times than I can count she has sat, listened, and granted me the permission I needed to hear to create my very best.

Steve Eulberg I was stuck, feeling wordless, fearing the well was dry. Jan’s workshop provided a framework, created a safe space, and added a tool (research!) that I previously had overlooked. In the period of time allotted for one new song, I ended up with two–very different ones about different topics! I heartily recommend Jan’s Songwriting Workshops!

Diane Morissette: I had never been to a songwriting workshop or retreat before and I wasn’t sure I had any real talent for it, but Jan Krist was so welcoming, encouraging and inspiring that by the time I left, I felt that a new whole world of possibilities had been broken open before me. I witnessed firsthand how Jan was able to help newbies like me and at the same time help experienced song writers further hone their craft. I would highly recommend her as a teacher, workshop leader, and retreat speaker in addition to being a gifted singer/songwriter and performer herself.

Here is a word about Jan as a workshop leader from John D Lamb of Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters:

At Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters I invite guest songwriters to be on staff based on their writing and performing ability. Each time Jan Krist has been on my staff she has imparted a wealth of knowledge that surely inspired a thoughtful batch of new songs from our attendees.  In addition to her songwriting prowess, Jan has extensive studio recording experience.  Her singing voice and guitar chops spark a fire in all of us who want to improve our game.  I highly recommend Jan Krist as a facilitator and instructor for performing songwriter workshops.  John D. Lamb, Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters

Here is a word of praise for Jan’s workshop from the Guild Director emeritus Dan Oberg:

Jan is both a consummate professional and accessible friend, who brings her immense talent and lifelong experience in songwriting and performing and makes it all a fun-filled collaborative joyride! For any experience level, Jan will teach you to fall more in love with your music.songwriters2


Workshop Topics

Research as a tool

Creativity: How and why you can and should feed your creative soul

Why you like that song

Creating a richer narrative

The value of having a writers group

The architecture of songs

Psychology of music: songs with purpose


More to come!