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January 23, 2023

A Letter from Ellis: Enrollment for NESR 7 is NOW OPEN!

Hello Songwriters!

Do you want to spend a long weekend learning about songwriting and making music with like-minded future friends? The New England Songwriters Retreat is an energizing, inspiring, creative weekend full of learning, community, music-making, and fun.

I'm thrilled to announce that NESR 7 will take place, in person, over Labor Day Weekend 2023 (Friday September 1 at 3 pm — Tuesday September 5 at 10 am) at Guest House Retreat Center in Chester, CT.

This retreat WILL sell out! Enrollment this year is on a FIRST-PAID FIRST-ENROLLED basis. Once the retreat sells out, we will consider addin
g a SECOND retreat, which will run the weekend before Labor Day weekend (meaning, August 25-29).

We've been busy putting together a lineup of incredible Instructors for NESR 7. As usual, it will be a mix: some well-loved Instructors from NESRs past to bolster continuity and community, and a few new fabulous faces to keep it fresh.


As of now, we are planning to use exactly the same Covid policy as NESR 6, because it worked—there were literally zero cases contracted at NESR 6! Please navigate to the COVID page, and be sure to read, understand, and agree with the policy before you enroll!

Based on Evaluations from previous years, this year we are planning for a full three hours of class on Friday! To see the schedule, navigate to the SCHEDULE page.


We do our very best to keep NESR as affordable as possible. To attract the highest caliber of instructors (and be able to compensate them fairly for their commitment and time), we have increased tuition a very small amount (from $600 to $625). Also, the Guest House modestly increases their rates each year.


Please note: If you are a PIONEER (meaning, you attended NESR I in 2016), you get a $100 discount off these prices.

Please note: There is no longer a one-day Commuter option, as it’s become clear that immersion in the full weekend provides the best experience for everyone.

PRIVATE: $1575 - Includes tuition, 11 meals, facility fees, taxes, and a private room at Guest House.
SHARED DOUBLE: $1375 - Includes tuition, 11 meals, facility fees, taxes, and a room shared with one other person at Guest House. 
SHARED TRIPLE: $1275 - Includes tuition, 11 meals, facility fees, taxes, and a room shared with two other people at Guest House. 
COMMUTER RATE: $975 - Includes tuition, 11 meals, facility fees, and taxes. Commuters will enjoy the entire retreat experience, but will sleep either at home or in a local hotel.

Simply email Laurie at with the following info, and she will get back to you within 48 hours, with payment instructions:
1) Your name

2) Your preferred room type (Private, Shared Double, Shared Triple, or Commuter)—if you prefer a shared room, include your gender, so that we can match you with a same-sex roommate or two
3) Whether you would like to attend the August 25-29 retreat if the Labor Day retreat sells out

We can't wait to see you!


ps. We are pleased to be offering at least two tuition scholarships for NESR 7. Application instructions will be posted on the SCHOLARSHIP page, on February 1.

What's Included in NESR 7:

  • LODGING: A four-night stay at the Guest House Retreat Center in Chester CT, which has lovely B&B-style rooms. REGISTRATION is on Friday Sept 1 (2023) at 3 pm  and CHECKOUT is on Tuesday Sept 5 (2022) at 10 am.

  • MEALS: Healthy, delicious, expertly-prepared meals throughout the weekend, including great vegetarian options. Friday lunch through Tuesday breakfast is included. Dietary needs are happily accommodated.

  • TUITION includes all of this and more:

    • Songwriting classes each day, led by some of America's premiere touring singer-songwriters

    • Elective classes each day, covering topics related to songwriting, such as performance, guitar, vocals, and the business side of music

    • Small class size = lots of individual attention

    • One-on-one coaching from members of our team of excellent Instructors

    • Opportunities for live performance in a professional listening room setting

    • Lots of networking and fun with other aspiring musicians all weekend long

    • Late-night song circles all weekend long

    • A sweet bag of swag, including a nice journal

    • A party on closing night (Monday night)

    • A warm, welcoming, creative community

Join the MAILING LIST by using the form below.




Questions? Email Laurie at

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