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2023 Fall Jam Songwriting Workshop

  • November 09, 2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • November 11, 2023
  • 3:00 PM
  • Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West 3131 Campus Dr, Plymouth, MN 55441 (763) 559-6600


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Includes three-day songwriting workshop and ticket to Fall Jam weekend events.

2023 Fall Jam Songwriting Workshop

3 Days!  November 9th, 10th & 11th!


Dates and Times: 

Thursday, November 9th (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Friday, November 10th (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Saturday November 11th (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Cost: $250.00 

This year's Workshop instructor will be Tim Stafford!

About the workshop:

Spend three days writing with Tim in a small group setting, right here in Minneapolis.  What we have discovered in each of the years we have held this workshop is that the inspiration drawn from each of the instructors we have hosted at our workshop is vitally important but it’s only half the story. The other part is spending three days totally immersed in songwriting with 20 or so other like minded folks. Friendships are formed that last well beyond the three days and collaborations bring forth songs that never would have happened otherwise. It is a GREAT experience and that’s why many of our attendees return, year after year!   

Your workshop fee includes full admission to the Fall Jam which includes workshops, main stage performances, Jams, Draw Bands Ukulele, Old-Time and Bluegrass music. Fireside Live (Open Stage)  and so much more! If you wish to stay at the Crowne Plaza, we have a special room rate of $105 per night. Be sure to ask for the bluegrass rate when you book! Crowne Plaza's phone number is: (763) 559-6600

About the instructor:

Tim Stafford had taught at several colleges and universities until he formed Blue Highway in 1994 with Wayne Taylor, Shawn Lane, Rob Ickes and Jason Burleson. The band is one of the most decorated and influential in bluegrass history, having been nominated for 3 Grammys, winning a Dove Award, and nearly 30 IBMA Awards.  In March 2016, Blue Highway was named the most popular bluegrass artist in history in an online poll by
Bluegrass Today

Tim is a prolific songwriter, with over 250 songs recorded.  He co-wrote IBMA's 2008 Song of the Year, "Through the Window of a Train," and was named IBMA's Songwriter of the Year in 2014 and 2017.  In addition, he is a sought-after studio musician, having recorded with over 75 artists in addition to Blue Highway, including Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Jorma Kaukonen, Jesse McReynolds, Benny Sims, Marty Raybon, Joe Isaacs, Ronnie Bowman, Charles Sawtelle, Tony Trischka, Larry Sparks, Jim Mills and many others. Tim was named SPBGMA Guitar Performer of the Year in 2001 and 2015. He has produced many award-winning records for various artists, including Kenny Chesney, The Infamous Stringdusters (IBMA 2007 co-album of the Year) , and Knee Deep in Bluegrass, the Acutab Sessions (IBMA 2001 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year). Tim performed many times with Hazel Dickens, including the Lincoln Center in New York (2006), Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT (2005), Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, San Francisco, CA (2010), and Wintergrass, Tacoma WA (2003). He has taught at nearly all the bluegrass-oriented camps, including Rockygrass Academy, Camp Bluegrass (South Plains College, TX), Augusta Heritage, Wintergrass Academy, Sore Fingers (UK), Bluegrass at the Beach, Nashcamp, Kaufman's Flatpicking Camp, California Bluegrass Association Camp at Grass Valley, St. Louis Flatpick, Resosummit, Summergrass Academy, Grand Targhee, Great Lakes Music Camp, Bluegrass Masters Weekend, Ashokan Bluegrass Camp and Nashville Flatpick and Songwriting Camp.


If you know of someone whole would benefit by participating in this event but can't afford to, a limited number of scholarships may be available.  Please contact Tom Peschges directly for more information: workshops@minnesotabluegrass.org 

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