Songwriting Skills & Strategies: Writing Better Lyrics

Program Outline

Is there an ideal way to write lyrics that lead to inspiring songs? This course will help you write strongly and clearly in your own unique voice, as you learn how to generate better ideas and craft satisfying lyrics. Explore ways to shape language, rhythm and rhyme into vivid verses, refrains, and bridges. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, this course will help you discover the next level in your songwriting journey.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Have useful generators for your lyrics
  • Find more expressive words for your ideas
  • Sing a variety of rhythms with your words
  • Write more engaging rhymes
  • Use power lines effectively
  • Create contrast between sections
  • Understand how section structures can enhance your lyric’s emotional impact

Program Details



Wynn Gogol

Wynn Gogol is a music producer, mixer, educator and author who enjoys working in a wide range of genres and styles. With more than twenty years of experience, his work has received Juno nominations, a Maple Blues Award and a Canadian Folk Award. Wynn joined the VCM in 2017 to teach the newly developed postsecondary Diploma in Music Performance course “Composing as Singer-Songwriter”. As a faculty member of the VCM’s School of Music Technology & Creativity, Wynn has since expanded his involvement with the VCM to include teaching digital school notation, as well as recording, mixing, and editing, as part of the VCM’s new Music Technology Lab programming currently under development. […]