West Michigan Songwriter's Workshop

April 30th, 2022

1-4PM - FREE! 


As part of the annual West Michigan Songwriter’s Festival (2022 dates to be announced) we offer a free Spring workshop to the first 50 people to sign up! *

* To secure a spot get your free tickets here.


The 2022 Workshop will feature:


  • Songwriter Panel “In the Round” with Steve Leslie, Irene Kelley, Brian Sutherland, and Ryan Waczek

  • Indie Artist Academy workshop with Ryan Waczek

  • Performance “In The Round” with Dan Terry, Steve Leslie, Irene Kelley, Brian Sutherland, & Ryan Waczek.

  • **Song Contest: 3 winners will receive prizes and perform "In The Round” 

** The Song Contest is open to the first 50 submissions. Only 1 song per individual entry will be accepted. Email 1 TYPED song lyric along with 1 MP3 recording (quality of recording will not be a factor) to wmsongwritersworkshop@gmail.com. Winners will receive Amazon gift cards of varying amounts and the opportunity to perform during the early show.

Cut-off for song contest submissions will be Midnight (CST) April 26th, 2022.



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Steve Leslie

Steve is a multiple BMI Award-winning and Grammy Award-winning songwriter with songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Mark Chestnutt, George Strait, Darryl Worley, Rhonda Vincent, Neal McCoy, Ricky Skaggs, Daruis Rucker, and others.

As an educator, Steve taught...


Brian Sutherland

Brian Sutherland is an acoustic songwriter living in Nashville, TN. His brand of Americana has a certain pop and jazz influence that makes his music both timeless and relevant. He writes about love, loss, victories and defeats, and how leaning into your heart is always the best way forward...

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Irene Kelley

When Irene Kelley permanently left her native Pennsylvania to move to Nashville in 1984, she brought along her guitar, a handful of original material, and a love for traditional and bluegrass music. She was signed to MCA Nashville's country division and was adamant about having Carl Jackson...

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Ryan Waczek

My name is Ryan Waczek, and through hundreds of hours of research, interviews, algorithmic studies, and testing, I now understand how to work with the Spotify algorithm to get my artists on Spotify's Fresh Finds, Poptronix, Release Radar, Discover Weekly, Algorithmic "Radio"....

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Dan Terry

Dan S. Terry is an American songwriter, composer, and acoustic guitar player. Dan started writing songs when he was a tween in Kewanee, Il. after his sister gave him a discarded guitar. He bought a tuning fork, a Beatle's chord book, and taught himself how to play. He first wrote songs...

The West Michigan Songwriter’s Festival is raising awareness of songwriting as an art form that everyone can learn to appreciate. The mission of the festival is to establish a foundation with the goal of providing educational scholarships for children. 




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10. West Michigan Songwriters Festival at Blythfield Country Club (Sept. 10-11) – Granted, this really wasn’t a “festival” but a first-year event that’s liable to grow as organizer Daniel Terry builds his vision for celebrating top-notch tunesmithing. The rapport, humor and awesome forte exhibited by the four Nashville songwriters on this bill made this a diminutive-but-inspiring event to remember.




5801 Northland Dr. NE Belmont, MI 49306

Parking is available on site

Contact Us

Please only use the Contact Information Form for general information regarding the festival.

Performers for the festival are selected by the festival. Please do not solicit artists through this site.

Thanks for submitting!