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A New Challenge Begins

February 25, 2013

challengeLast year the S.A.C. launched the Canadian Songwriters Social Media Challenge.  It sent dozens of songwriters into an online frenzy as participants blogged, tweeted and Facebooked their way to a more focused social media strategy.  This year, we are encouraging songwriters to focus on our raison d’être – songwriting.  Over the next 6 weeks, S.A.C. members from across the country are taking part in a free online songwriting course provided by esteemed Songwriting teacher from Berklee, Pat Pattison.  We call it the S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge 2013…or Challenge 2013.

So,where does the challenge part fit into this?  Like last year, participants are asked to check in on a weekly basis with a blog that encapsulates what they have learned or wrestled with.  We hope that even those in the sidelines will benefit from this discourse.

So, for those of you who have signed up here: please do the following:

1.  Please make sure you are part of the exclusive Facebook group:
2.  Write your first blog answering the following questions:  Where are you in your songwriting journey?  What do you hope to gain from participating in this challenge?

3.  Post the link to your blog below.  If you do not have a blog, you can also choose to post it as a note in Facebook and share the respective link.  (Type “Notes” in the search area of Facebook to find the appropriate place to post).

NOTE:  This initiative is not officially related to the Coursera Songwriting Course.  Participants are responsible for their own course material.

40 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2013 10:14 pm

    Okee, dokee, here’s my post:

  2. February 25, 2013 10:46 pm

    I’ll second that. 🙂 Here’s to some songwriting fun….

    • February 26, 2013 11:23 am

      I’ve never won a contest or a guitar so I look forward to learning from and with you Anastace. I loved the imagery in your post. I’ve been working on imagery a lot in my songwriting.

      • February 26, 2013 9:30 pm

        thanks 🙂 I find that the imagery I use borders on plain ‘ol wierd, but it’s fun and it’s sort of becoming part of my persona… I was going to apologize for referencing freezers but now I won’t. 🙂

    • March 3, 2013 2:38 pm


  3. February 26, 2013 11:29 am

    Here is my first blog for Challenge 2013.

  4. February 26, 2013 7:48 pm

    Hey all you anxious songwriters. No doubt that this will be a great experience for us all…looking forward to chatting with you all throughout the course.

    My Blog:!tumblr-feed/c1cd6

    • March 3, 2013 3:06 pm

      Hey North, I really enjoyed listening to your songs via a couple videos–very nice how you have the thumbnails, and it’s great to be able to see your lyrics on some. How do you do that? Great to meet you and I look forward to more of your songs.

      • March 4, 2013 12:50 pm

        Hey Debra, I use Final Cut Pro X to place titles beside my video when I play. There are many programs out there that do not cost as much as that one though.
        It does make it easy for other to read along to the song.
        Thanks for listening. 🙂

  5. February 28, 2013 5:58 pm

    Hi new friends & fellow songwriters! Here’s the link to my tumblr! Please follow me, and I’ll do the same!

  6. March 1, 2013 12:10 am

    Looking forward to connecting with all of you! Let’s get this party started!

  7. March 1, 2013 10:42 am

    Hi everyone, my blog is at and maybe this week I’ll figure out how to add a subscribe button! In the meantime, enjoy! Let’s write some great songs!

  8. March 1, 2013 10:45 am

    Hi friends! This is going to be so fun. Here is my post (wordpress) for week one!

  9. March 1, 2013 11:35 am

    Hi songwriter friends,

    Here’s my intro post:

    Can’t wait for the first lesson!

  10. March 1, 2013 1:27 pm

    Here’s my post. Looking forward to sharing in the growth with all of you!

  11. March 1, 2013 1:34 pm

    A few words –and away!

  12. March 2, 2013 8:50 am

    I couldn’t decide what to say in paragraph form, so I solved the puzzle with a rhyme:

  13. March 3, 2013 4:14 am

    My SAC Challenge blog is at the above URL – enjoy, and Happy Songwriting!

  14. March 3, 2013 11:46 am

    Please use this corrected link instead of the one above.

  15. March 3, 2013 4:22 pm

    I posted a link on the FB site. I’m posting it here, as well, to be on the safe side:

  16. March 3, 2013 9:16 pm

    Hi, everybuddy!!!! Here we GO! 😀

  17. March 3, 2013 11:59 pm

    Correction….I think this is the proper link to my first blog.

  18. March 4, 2013 12:29 am

    Blog 1: Back to Why.

    All the things I’ve done in the last couple years have been in support of the songs I’d already written. Now it’s time to support the songs that are on their way.

  19. March 5, 2013 1:47 am

    Here’s a link to my first blog about the challenge. I’ve joined in a week late, but I’m looking forward to what this course has to offer from here on in! Greetings from across the world!

  20. March 6, 2013 2:50 pm

    A thought or 2 on the first week of the Songwriting Course

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