Songwriting Bootcamp Guide

Welcome to The Songwriting Academy Songwriting Bootcamp. Please read through the following guide thoroughly. We’re looking forward to spending three amazing days with you, so get ready for an action packed weekend of learning, laughter and lots of music!

Location
Accommodation
Schedule
Meals
Bring
Appraisals
Facebook
Mindset
Location

Lane End Conference Centre (LACC)

Find us in The Quad

Church Road, Lane End
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP14 3HH

Visit LACC website

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Church Road, Lane End, HP14 3HH

Lost?

For directions please contact LACC front desk on 01494 881171

By Rail

Direct train from London Marylebone to High Wycombe takes 24 minutes. High Wycombe Train Station is 7 miles from Lane End.

Local taxis are available outside the station.

From Airports

Heathrow Airport – is a 30-minute drive by car. Alternatively, trains run regularly from Heathrow into central London from where High Wycombe can then be reached.

Luton Airport – can be reached in just under an hour by driving, or by train which run from the airport to High Wycombe station.

Distance from major UK airports:

Heathrow Airport – 23 miles

Luton Airport – 41 miles

Gatwick Airport – 60 miles

Accommodation

You are responsible for booking your own accommodation, but we do strongly advise staying at the venue if you can, as this will maximise your time and enjoyment with your fellow writers. We have secured a great deal with LACC for those who book early @ £71 + VAT per night for bed and breakfast.

Call LACC on 01494 881171 to book your accommodation, and make sure you let them know you are part of The Songwriting Academy weekend.

If the venue is full or you prefer to stay further away, here are some Airbnb options nearby.

In Lane End:

Cosy Cottage

Loft Space

Country Studio (outside Lane End)

In nearby Bolter End

Old Stable 1

Old Stable 2

In Frieth

The Barn At The Grove

Schedule

Day 1. Please arrive by 9.15am on Friday for tea/coffee and the Bootcamp Welcome Meeting. Your Bootcamp training will begin at 10:00 am. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day and lunch will be provided at around 1.30pm.

The days training will finish at around 6.00pm after which you’ll have time to relax before an informal evening meal at the Grouse & Ale pub, a 5 minute walk from the venue, at 7:00 pm. We’ll have time to talk and play even more music after dinner back at the venue. We usually wrap up the evening sessions around 11.00pm.

Day 2. Please arrive promptly by 9.45am on Saturday for a 10:00am start. The rest of the day will run as per Friday.

Day 3. Again, please arrive promptly by 9.45am on Sunday for a 10:00am start. Lunch will be at 1:30pm and the weekend training will finish around 6:00pm. As this is the final day of the bootcamp, no evening meal is provided.

Please allow a little extra time after we finish for group photographs, saying fond farewells etc.

Meals

Lunches are provided by the venue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and evening meals will be at the local Grouse & Ale on Friday and Saturday. If you are staying at the venue, breakfast is provided along with your room.

A vegetarian option is available at all mealtimes but we’re unable to cater for all individual dietary preferences so please let the venue, and the Grouse & Ale know if you have a special requirement. They will do their best to accommodate special diets, but be prepared to bring some food if you need to. If you have any serious allergies make us, and both venues aware.

Bring

Please bring something for taking notes; a good old fashioned pen and paper or laptop/ipad as there will be a lot of information to absorb over the weekend and we know you’ll want to keep referring back to the key points of the training after the weekend.

There will be tea, coffee, squash and and water provided but we do not provide alcohol or sodas. Do feel free to bring your own for the evenings or you may also but drinks at the bar in LACC. If you get caught short there is a local corner-shop open during the day which is a 5 minute walk away.

If you play an instrument of any kind and you are able to bring it please do, as there will be practical exercises and collaborative writing sessions during the weekend. We have one house keyboard available at the venue.

Appraisals

The evening sessions of the Bootcamp will involve sharing our music and the opportunity for your songs to be appraised by Martin and the group. If you’d like to have your material listened to you can either play live, or bring your song in mp3 format on your phone, iPod, laptop etc..

Remember to always carry your songs with you in a format that doesn’t require an internet connection. To do this make sure they are already downloaded just in case there are any problems connecting to the web.

Facebook

You will be invited to our closed facebook group specifically for this Bootcamp and we encourage you to get involved, introduce yourself and make friends ahead of your special weekend together.

If you are driving please be aware there may be some people who would really appreciate a lift from High Wycombe station, or they may even live on your street!

As with all things in life, the more you put in to the Bootcamp, the more you’ll get out of it.

Mindset

We have seen many great and lasting friendships born from TSA Bootcamps.

Away from family and friends and normal life, it is natural for emotions to run high; music is art and we are all creatives, so be prepared to experience feelings you may not have experienced for a while! It is not unknown for a few tears to be shed (happy tears) as people relax into this extremely safe, positive and supportive environment with like-minded people.

Some of the Bootcamp sessions involve collaboration. Whether you have collaborated many times before or indeed if this is your first experience, it is important to us that you all feel safe in your group. To this end we promote total respect and encouragement for each other in collaborations. You will be visited by Martin or his special guest mentor during your sessions to help you get the very best from each other.

Periodically, each team will have the chance to play back their new creations to the rest of the Bootcamp group. These sessions are a lot of fun and you will find a naturally high level of support from your fellow Bootcampers as well as Martin and your TSA team.

We want you to get the most you can from this weekend so if you would like to talk about any concerns you may have before or during the Bootcamp, please contact [email protected] who will be happy to help.

Now get packing and we’ll see you soon!

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