We are currently in the Fall/Winter 2013 Course. Join us!

Location: Downtown Asheville. 70 Madison Ave. 28801. 
Time: Every Monday. 6:30-8:00pm. Sharp!
NAME YOUR PRICE : $10-$30 per class
About the Course
This course is an invitation to let your inner songwriter step up and sing out! It is a rare opportunity to receive intellectual enrichment, concrete feedback, and engaged and supportive creative, community. This course is designed to inspire and activate your process of song writing with a focus on the narrative lyric, regardless of your songwriting experience.

If you haven’t written any or many songs, this course will take you by the hand and get you started! If you are well into your practice or career as a song writer and performer, this course offers fresh insight, an extended tool box, new song ideas and feedback and encouragement on your current work.

The course is fueled by the study of different songs and songwriters that have touched listeners with their rich, narrative lyrics.

Each week will introduce a new theme with writing prompts. It’s not necessary that you either read music or play an instrument. If you play, great. You’ll be encouraged to play and record your musical responses to the assignments. If you don’t play, you can simply read your lyrics, sing or collaborate with other class mates.

Assignments will ask you to post something for peer review WEEKLY. These are fresh, raw, sketches that are shared without the pressure of being polished or performed. This course is focused on the writing of a high quality, lyrical base for songs. We aim to develop a clear, relatable, understandable rendition of your story through song.

Workload: 6 hours a week
Write one sheet of lyrics a week. Submit to class as a word file and/or as a song with guitar/piano. Research and bring in example of song for the week’s theme.


  • Computer with Internet Connection
  • A gmail account! (If you don’t have one, sign up for one. This is how we will file/idea swap).
  • Simple Digital Audio Recording Device (lap top, cell phone, digital recorder)
  • Printer or access to one
  • Pens
  • Songwriting Notebook
  • 6-8 hours a week for writing
  • A private space to write

Extras: Throughout the course we will have active songwriters and performers from the Asheville’s rich, songwriting community come in to join us and talk about their writing process.

Buddy Work : mid-week check ups with a buddy from the class

Field Trips : To concerts, open-mics, song writer’s circles

About the Host: Chelsea Lynn La Bate

Chelsea Lynn La Bate (Ten Cent Poetry) is award winning songwriter and performer. She has won First Place in Eddies Attic Competition (other winners John Mayer, The Indigo Girls, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mullins) , 2nd Place Flat Rock Song Writer’s Competition, Songwriter’s Association of America Song of the Year, First Place Asheville’s Brown Bag Competition and was a Top finalist Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition, a live songwriting competition that begins it’s first round with over 600 artists in the Brooklyn area.

A poet at heart, Chelsea La Bate is known for her lush, narrative “song stories.” A dynamic and radiant performer, she spent years refining her performing and writing skills on the competitive stages of NYC’s Lower east Side and Brooklyn, where she became a mainstay performer in the New York anti-folk scene that has produced such talents as Regina Spektor and the Moldy Peaches.

A prolific writer and composer, Chelsea averages 200 performances a year. She picks out vibrant melodies on both classical and electric guitar and is often accompanied by the most skilled classical violin, viola, and cello players in her experiment, Ten Cent Orchestra, which features classical string arrangements fit to her poetic lyrics.

Ten Cent Poetry is currently based in Asheville, NC and happy to be a celebrated piece of it’s colorful music scene and conscious community.