Katherine Wheatley, one of Canada’s finest singer/songwriters, began co-writing songs with James not long after she moved to Guelph. Going through the writing process together led them to develop workshops for adults on the craft of songwriting.
Beginning with their highly successful “winter songwriting weekends” here in Guelph, they went on to teach at Canadore College at the Parry Sound and North Bay campuses. They also added summer Guelph sessions, and took their workshops on the road to other communities. The workshops for adults are designed to be stimulating and beneficial regardless of the age and experience of the participants. Professionals and amateurs, veteran and aspiring writers, and some who have never written a song before have taken part. Group sessions, one-on-one mentoring, song sharing, a songwriting assignment and a closing performance of the new works, all in a warm and relaxing environment makes these weekends very full and very fulfilling for all.