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Ellis Paul


Dan Navarro

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Catie Curtis


  • 9 hours of songwriting instruction over Zoom, led by some of America's premiere touring songwriters

  • At least 6 hours of small Song Circles over Zoom

  • Connecting with other aspiring musicians all weekend long

  • An opportunity to perform a song live in a professional online setting (broadcast on Ellis Paul’s social media channels)


SCHEDULE (tentative):

The Retreat Schedule has been posted here:


NESR Online: $300


NESR Online, plus Mentoring*: $400


(*Mentoring: One 60-minute songwriting mentoring session, one-on-one, with Ellis Paul—or perhaps a different Instructor—to take place after NESR Online, in June-August 2021)





Simply PayPal $300 or $400—using the “SENDING TO A FRIEND” option to avoid fees—to this PayPal address:

You will get a confirmation email within 24 hours.





Q: What if I'm brand new to songwriting?

A: No problem—we'd love to have you! Students' experience ranges from never having written a song to having written many dozens. All are welcome and encouraged.

Q: What if I'm brand new to playing guitar?

A: Again, no problem—we'd love to have you! Most Students do play guitar, and experience ranges from true beginner to advanced. All are welcome and encouraged.


Q: What if piano is my main instrument?

A: No problem—we'd love to have you! A handful of Students (maybe 10%) play piano instead of guitar.

Q: What if I don't play an instrument at all?

A: The great majority of Students do play at least a bit of guitar, and it's a very helpful tool for songwriting. That said, of course it's possible to write songs without an instrument in hand, so we'd love to have you.




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