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The Craft Of Writing A Country Song : Part 2

How To Tell A Story With Words And Music

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Part 2 of the series, The Craft Of Writing A Country Song by Song Assembly’s Steve Leslie, features 13 new lessons building on principles and techniques established by Steve during Part 1 of the series.

By the end of these 13 lessons, you will be able to transform your lyrics into intentional narrative devices drawing the listener into your songs with trust and empathy. Steve will continue to build on the principles from the first part of this series, and expand on rhyming schemes, literary principles, conveying emotion and meaning in word choice, and much more.

Each lesson contains a workbook detailing the concepts presented in the course and provides additional activities, exercises, “Steve’s Peeves” and additional material for diving deeper into your craft.


Your Instructor


Steve Leslie
Steve Leslie

Steve is a Founding Member and the Senior Faculty Director of Song Assembly. He has had a professional songwriting career spanning more than twenty-five years with songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Mark Chesnutt, George Strait, Darryl Worley, Rhonda Vincent, Neal McCoy, Ricky Skaggs, Darius Rucker, and more.

A multiple BMI Award Winner, in 2004 Steve received a Grammy Certificate for the title cut to Ricky Skaggs' Best Bluegrass Album of the Year Brand New Strings.

Steve has released three CDs, as well as written the Music and Book for a full-length musical, Umbrella.

Steve is a Senior Faculty Member at Nashville Songwriters Association International, and a regular contributor to American Songwriter Magazine.

He has taught Jazz History at Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL, Songwriting at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, and Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky. From 2011- 2014 Steve was Adjunct Professor of Songwriting at Belmont University, Nashville, TN, and in 2013 was one of four internationally selected candidates considered for the Chair of the Songwriting Department, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA.

In 2014 Steve started Nashville based publishing company SNG Music along with business partner Gary Reamey.

Steve earned his BM in Guitar/Jazz Studies from Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky.


Class Curriculum


  Welcome
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  Performance of "Why I Never Will" by Steve Leslie
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  Emphasizing Each Word In The Title
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  Pronouns, Ambiguities, Conversational Style
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  Sensory Details You Can Trust
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  To Tag or Not to Tag? Building on "Filling In the Empty Space"
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  Part 2 Recap
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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