Do you have a song idea in your head, but it hasn’t gotten much farther than that?

Or jotted down some words for a song, but that’s about it?

The two-day workshop, "Songwriting for Non-Songwriters" may be for you.

It will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. The venue is the Dauphin Island Heritage & Arts Council, 918 Bienville Blvd, on Dauphin Island.

Fairhope songwriter Mike Turner, who has successfully published and recorded his own songs, will teach the class. 

Reservations are $50 per person, which covers both days of the classes. Order online here.

The workshop will cover music genres, lyrics, rhymes, song structure, melody, "where the music comes from" and the "business" of songwriting — a toolkit for going forward and exploring the world of songwriting.

No musical experience is required.

A resident of Fairhope, Turner was named Male Gospel Entertainer of the Year by the Alabama Music Association in 2016, and 2017 Entertainer of the Year in New Gospel Music by the North America Country Music Associations International.   
Mike’s original gospel tune, “He Died for Me,” was awarded second place in the 2017 Worship Songwriting Contest. His recording of the classic gospel tune “Wayfaring Stranger” is featured in the upcoming documentary film, “Path of the Past.”

Turner’s country/folk song, “Love One Another,” performed by Alycia Catizone, was the debut release by label, Music for World Peace Records. 

Mike’s original songs and recordings have received broadcast and Internet streaming radio play in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, New Zealand and on the Armed Forces Radio Network.  

Turner directed and was a featured performer in the official Alabama Bicentennial program, “200 Years of Alabama Music,” in 2019.  He was showcased on the “15 Minutes of Fame Stage” at the 2020 Monroeville, Alabama Literary Festival.

The official description of Mike Turner’s music is:

“Take one part blues, one part folk, one part country. Add a dash of classic Appalachian mountain music and traditional gospel. Simmer; season with experience and humor.  You’ll wind up with a sampling of Mike Turner’s eclectic songwriting - songs infused with emotion, keen observation, world-weary experience and wry humor.” 
Details on the workshop are at: (10) Songwriting for Non-Songwriters with Singer/Songwriter/Poet Mike Turner | Facebook

1819 News will cover the workshop. Might the next successful songwriter from Alabama come out of the session? The state of Alabama has been blessed with an abundance of noted songwriters:

Jimmy Buffett

Lionel Ritchie

Hank Williams, Sr.

Hank Williams, Jr.

Randy Owens

Clarence Carter

Wilson Pickett

Nat ‘King’ Cole

Percy Sledge

Mac McAnnally

Will Kimbrough

Charity Bowden

Bobby Goldsboro

Sonny James

Bobby Denton

Greg Brown

Cabot Barden

Travis Wammack

Sonny Grier

Jessie Lynn

Spooner Oldham

Emmylou Harris

Eddie Floyd

Eddie Kendricks

Tammy Wynette

Jason Isbell

Tommy Shaw

Shelby Lynne

Eddie Hiniton

Vern Gosden

Chuck Leavell

W. C. Handy

Arthur Alexander

Lewis “Fess” Simpkins

Julia Tutwiler

Too many others to list. 

At one point, each of these Alabama singing successes had their first idea for a song. They each had to learn how to move it from an idea to a published song.

The juices never stop flowing. I still write songs. — Randy Owen

Jim ‘Zig’ Zeigler’s beat is the colorful and positive about Alabama. He writes about Alabama people, places, events, groups and prominent deaths. He is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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