About SummerSongs

About SummerSongs

A creative retreat for songwriters and music-makers of all levels – inspiring, exciting, motivating, even life-changing songwriting camps! 

Founded by singer/songwriter/teacher/mentor Penny Nichols in 1999, SummerSongs offers a haven for creative inspiration and artistic growth. SummerSongs is a community, a retreat, and an experience for songwriters of ALL levels — whether you’ve written 100 songs, are looking to write your best song, or haven’t written one…yet! We continue to keep Penny’s vision of a “camp for grown-ups”  that allows each person’s artistry to shine.

Listen and learn from nationally-known touring artists; our teachers are handpicked for each camp, and they are among the very finest of songwriters and instructors. Workshops take place during the day, scheduled so that you have plenty of time to relax and play music, compose, or just listen to your new friends playing songs for each other.

In the evenings, we have concerts and song circles, coffeehouses, and jams that go late into the night – even in our virtual camp experiences. This is an exciting and inspiring opportunity to connect with your own creativity and with other folks like you from all corners of the globe and to study with some of the best songwriters in the world.

Classes and coaching include songwriting, song arranging, performance/stagecraft, harmony singing, co-writing, guitar, keyboard, creative process and more. You’ll have many opportunities to share your music in song circles, coffeehouses, concerts, and feedback sessions. So come to unleash your creativity and join the musical family at SummerSongs!

Virtual Camps

For now, SummerSongs (SyberSongs) camps take place online in the comfort of your home.

So join us!


The art of songwriting is an important mirror of our culture.

Many divergent points of view and experiences – which may not find expression in any other way – can be expressed in a song. Songwriters give us valuable insights into the evolution of our values and our direction as a culture. Left only to the vagaries of the marketplace, there is no guarantee that we will hear the best of what our way of life has to offer in the world of songs and songwriting.