Love Me or Love-Me-Not Songwriting Workshop

Get lucky or get even this Valentine’s Day!

There’s nothing like a song to show someone how you feel.

Join me for 4 Saturdays leading up to Valentine’s Day where we will explore songwriting tools and techniques to get you writing about the passion (or the pain) of love.

Workshop dates: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 at 2-4:30pm EST

Price: $100

Workshop Format


We will meet from 2-4:30PM over Zoom with the goal that you will have written (at least!) one love song by the time the class is finished.  Specific topics will include examining love songs that work, inspirational creative writing prompts, point of view as a device to tell your story, writing a “hooky” song and how Revision can be your friend. This is a great opportunity to write a song, connect with other songwriters and feel inspired in these difficult and isolating times. Attendance will be limited so sign up now!

Session 1: What makes a good love song?

 We will listen to a few loves songs and discover what makes them work.

Writing prompts: Who are the loves you’ve found and lost? What part of your own story you want to tell?

Session 2: The hook

What makes a Hook memorable?

POV Who are you writing to? Who are you writing about?


Session 3: Draft reviews!

Bring in first drafts of your song! – to be shared among the class. Learn helpful ways to revise and rewrite your song

Session 4: Final share

Final presentations of your songs and other ways to stay inspired

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The cost of the class is $100. Just fill in your name and address. The check out button will take you to a payment page where you will be able to pay with your credit or debit card or PayPal.

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  Photo by Jake Jacobson

Susan Cattaneo is one of Boston’s most respected singer-songwriters, blending rock and folk with a healthy dose of country. 

Susan is also a Professor of Songwriting at the Berklee College of Music.  In her 20 years teaching at Berklee, she’s helped her students work on over 15,000 songs in all musical styles and genres and has mentored over 2,000 songwriters.

She’s also taught at the International Folk Alliance Conference and at regional Folk conferences (NERFA, SWRFA and SERFA) and been a featured panelist at the Americana Music Conference. 

A three-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Boston Music Award Best Americana Artist nominee, Susan won the 2018 CT Folk Festival.  Her latest album The Hammer and The Heart charted #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and yielded a folk radio #1 single and top 10 album.