Songwriting Masterclass with Chris Difford

Chris Difford|Wednesday 17th October

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What is the secret to writing a great song? How can you turn a story or a personal experience into memorable lyrics? We have teamed up with award-winning lyricist Chris Difford of Squeeze to find out.

Apart from his obvious genius as co-writer of songs like “Up The Junction” and “Cool for Cats”, Chris is funny, warm and a sympathetic guide. You’ll discuss how to develop and improve lyrical skills, and Chris will help you unleash your creativity in order to write both interesting and personal lyrics through group discussion and individual exercises.

Who is this class for?

This course is aimed at students of Chris’s online songwriting course. Experienced musicians looking for some extra guidance, and those who are just beginning their songwriting journey are also welcome. We do encourage everyone to sign up for the online course so that you can start working on your lyrics and ideas in the leadup to the class.

What does this class cover?

– Focussing techniques
– Using imagination, fiction and the people around you to inspire your lyrics
– Developing your own personal style and form of expression
– Finding a writing partner


Just to say thank you for organising such a great course… I enjoyed it and found it challenging in equal measure… Chris is a great presence and was inspiring, warm and funny. 

The course was brilliant.  Chris is not only a gifted musician but a gifted muse, teacher, mentor as well. It was a great afternoon and very intense in a “lay it all out there” way. The group was kind, creative and supportive and I think a lot of good energy and future “work” will be inspired from it. Chris did a great job of story telling and story instigating among the participants, and posed thoughtful questions, and was so perfectly fair in making sure everyone had time to share. He was detail oriented when appropriate and then more broad based when needed as well.  He did a wonderful job.

About the Tutor

Award-winning lyricist and Chris Difford has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, turning the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over 30 years. With his partner, collaborator, friend and Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, Chris has written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time. “Up The Junction”, “Cool For Cats”, “Labelled With Love” and “Tempted”, to name but a few.
Chris has sixteen Squeeze albums, three critically acclaimed solo albums, countless top 20 hits, 52 American tours, 50 UK tours and a variety of global tours under his belt. He is one of the country’s most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians and performers that reads like a veritable who’s who of the industry – Elton John, Trilok Gurtu, Marti Pellow, Lamont Dozier, Willie Mitchell, Bryan Ferry Jools Holland and Paul Carrack. Chris Braide and Sarah Brightman.



Wednesday 17 October


7pm – 9pm


Marx Memorial Library & Workers’ School 37a Clerkenwell Green  London  EC1R 0DU




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