Anybody can write a song. Hard to believe? We know. But with the right tools you too can set your inner songbird free!

Girls+ Rock Ottawa presents Songwriting 101, a workshop designed for beginner/intermediate artists, musicians, and storytellers seeking to challenge their perspective of songwriting in an open and collaborative environment. This workshop will give you an overview of the songwriting process from start to finish, including beginner music theory, maintaining a creative process, and making your first demo.


The Songwriting 101 Workshop will provide you with an overview of:

  • Beginner music theory and composition

  • Developing a creative process

  • The relationship between personal wellbeing and songwriting

  • Maintaining and sustaining your songwriting skills

  • The importance of collaboration

  • Technology - making your first demo

  • Where songwriters fit into today’s DIY industry


Receive a Songwriting Toolkit that includes:

  • Steps that outline how to start, finish, and demo a song

  • Songwriting challenges and exercises

  • Tips for co-writing and a guide to ‘song splits’

  • Recommended resources



September 22, 2018

1:00 - 4:00 PM



National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON



Workshop: $40

Workshop and Girls+ Rock Ottawa tank top: $55

Workshop and Girls+ Rock Ottawa t-shirt: $60

Workshop and Girls+ Rock Ottawa hoodie / crewneck sweater: $75


If price is a consideration, please contact us at Bursaries available on a limited basis.



This program is open to girls, (trans) women, femmes, non-binary, two-spirit, and gender non-conforming folk ages 13+.



Grace Marr

Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Grace Marr is a singer and songwriter recognized for her RnB/Pop melodies and vibrant stage presence. Described as ‘Daniel Caesar and Joss Stone going out for coffee’, Grace has fallen in love with not only music but the magic of connecting with a room full of strangers. She has shared her music on stages such as RBC Bluesfest (Youth Ottawa - The Road To Bluesfest), CityFolk’s Marvest, and MEGAPHONO. She has also completed Royal Conservatory of Music certificates in Advanced Theory and Voice Level 8. Grace recently participated in the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition 6-week Emerging Artist Program and has also completed two songwriting programs in 2017 led by renowned publishing and music executive Judy Stakee (Sheryl Crow, Gavin DeGraw, Katy Perry). Grace hopes to further encourage creativity and collaboration among emerging artists, musicians, and songwriters by establishing safe spaces and sharing new perspectives on songwriting. She believes that with the right tools, anybody can write a song.