Summer Youth: Summer of Songwriting (Ages 10-14)

  • Monday, July 10, 2023
  • Thursday, July 13, 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, July 10, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, July 13, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • The Writers' Studio, Class Code WR071023CH
  • 2


  • $280 + $15 Materials Fee
  • $220 Tuition + $15 Materials Fee

Write a song (and more) in just four days! 

About this Class

Using a notebook and your imagination, you'll find and record sounds in the natural world - build beats, discover melodies, and listen to the artists that inspire you. This is a supportive environment for anyone looking to share poems and songs, an introduction to songwriting for those who have never written before, or a space to dive into your existing practice. You are welcome to bring instruments, and write with friends. Prior musical experience is not required.


  • For students ages 10-14.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Registration closes on Monday, July 3.
  • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
  • Complete and return this minor permission form.
  • You may register your youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the duration of this class.
  • A $15 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers what materials are needed. See below for what students can bring.


    You can expect to write multiple songs during the week (and if computer/mics are available in the media lab, you'll also have a chance to record demos). 


        • Students should bring a notebook and writing utensils
        • Headphones and smart phone if available (for one day only)
        • Instruments (optional)

        Class Policies


        Natalie Akers is a pianist and educator who arrived on Bainbridge to teach and learn at IslandWood. She has worked on bringing interdisciplinary and music programs to middle and high school students in the US, France, and Japan and believes in songwriting as a powerful tool for young people to develop a positive and authentic sense of self. She has taught writing in vocational high schools and toured the US playing keyboard in the Jenner Fox band. Sisters Folk Festival review: “It’s a rare person who gets to hear Natalie play and doesn’t find themselves wishing they played piano or falling a little more deeply for music.”

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