May 6, 2022

A Letter from Ellis: NESR 6 is SOLD OUT

Hello all!

I’m happy to announce that the little gathering of songwriters that I founded back in 2016—The New England Songwriters Retreat—has sold out this year.


60 Students and 7 Instructors will gather over Labor Day weekend in Chester CT, and we can’t wait!


Interest in attending was higher than ever, so we had to use a lottery process this time. Both Laurie (the Retreat Coordinator) and I are very proud of and grateful for the work that all of the Instructors and the Guest House Retreat Center have done over the years, to make this community so vibrant.

We obviously have more events ahead of us—both online and in person. Thank you sincerely to everyone who showed interest in attending this year.


If you are interested in attending NESR in the future, complete this questionnaire, and we'll keep you informed:

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What's Included in NESR 6:

  • 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 2 (2022) at 3 pm and CHECKOUT is on Tuesday Sept 6 (2022) at 10 am.

  • MEALS: Healthy, delicious, expertly-prepared meals throughout the weekend, including great vegetarian options. Friday dinner 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 pizza party on closing night (Monday night)

    • A warm, welcoming, creative community

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