Co-write Like No One’s Watching!

An 8-week, live, intensive workshop for songwriters and composers of any level.

Compose Yourself : 8 Sundays, July 17th - September 4th

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EST || Sundays on Zoom for eight weeks.


This LIVE 8-week workshop is designed for songwriters who are looking for some structure, accountability, individual attention, and a small group of like-minded musical peers to work alongside. Our focus for this class will be to explore musical collaboration and co-writing in a fun, supportive environment. In each of the 8 classes, songwriter Siena Friend will guide you through writing your own original music from scratch, working in pairs or small groups. Assignments will be geared towards helping you further develop those first drafts into final drafts alongside your partners.

With a focus on lyrical, melodic, and instrumental exploration, Siena’s techniques in the Compose Yourself Workshop are tailored to build off of one another as the weeks progress and as you compile a new collection of your own songs. Each week you will work with new partners and be given different exercises to spark your co-writing sessions.

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You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of partners, build your co-writing confidence, and see the exciting surprises that arise when you open your creative space to include others. Each week you’ll receive individual support and feedback on your creations from your instructor.

While our Friday Afternoon Songwriting Club offers great practices for those first drafts, Compose Yourself harbors an environment for extended creation with a growth mindset, using each week’s progress as a springboard into the next. In addition to working on brand new pieces each week, you’ll also work on pieces over the course of several weeks, and will be passing work along to other classmates for some long-distance collaboration! If you’re wanting to take your songwriting more seriously and explore the benefits of co-writing, this Compose Yourself Workshop is a great first step. We’re cultivating loads of inspiration and motivation and can’t wait to send it your way!

Meet Your Instructor:

hi, i’m siena friend

Siena Friend is a singer-songwriter, producer, filmmaker, and coach. She has studied songwriting with Jonatha Brooke, Rob Seals (founder of the Songwriting School of Los Angeles), and of course, Gary Grundei, among others! From participating in the first Compose Yourself class at the beginning of golden lotus studio, Siena has been an active part of the gls community. She hosts the gls Songwriters’ Open Mic Night, and is a guest teacher of the Friday Afternoon Songwriting Club. Siena’s latest album, Start Again, was created within the golden lotus studio DIY Album Mastermind program, and released in 2021; you can find it on your favorite streaming platform. Siena lives in Hollywood with her husband and daughter. As a busy new mom, she is passionate about helping others find the time and space to devote to their creativity.

What you get:

8 live zoom calls with your cohort that are recorded so you can go back and watch them again, if desired

Instruction, guidance, motivation, and exercises that will allow you to finally finish several of your songs by the end of the course

The support and feedback of a like-minded group of individuals who are on the path with you and who have many of the same challenges and victories that you do

Individual attention and support from a professional songwriting instructor

Plus, the cohort will produce a class album by the end of the course, complete with a celebratory online listening party!

Discounted membership to the Friday Afternoon Songwriting Club (FASC)

Instruction in the contemplative tradition that honors a wholistic approach to art

A joyful, unique approach that invites collaboration, builds trust quickly and gives you a feeling of belonging and support that is quite unique in the online universe

Loads of tips, tricks, and techniques that you can use again and again for the rest of your songwriting career

Access to a private online forum to ask questions, post assignments and connect with your community

Compare Pricing:


1- 6 hours
$ 50-200 $$$ spent to work one.
  • Pre-recorded classes
  • No interaction or feedback
  • No incentive to watch the videos or do the assignments
  • No individualized instruction


12 weeks
$ 1500 $100+++ x 12 weeks...
  • Prohibitively expensive
  • Large, impersonal institution
  • You're a small fish in a big ocean. Don't let your music get lost.


8 weeks
$ 639
for 8 songs in 8 weeks
  • Includes all the benefits of the others, plus:
  • Affordable
  • A proven curriculum and structure
  • Unparalleled individual support on your journey by the instructor and a close-knit community
  • Work and attend class from the comfort of your home!

Success Stories

In the golden lotus studio classes, literally hundreds of people have made thousands of their best songs. I’d love for you to hear what some of our students are saying about this course:

“The class was ideal for me. It presented a variety of useful techniques that help a songwriter, even someone who has never written a sing before, to produce interesting and effective first versions of songs. The course allowed me to learn “song writing basics”, and encouraged me (that is, gave me courage) to continue writing songs after the course ended.”

– Keith W.

Golden Lotus Studio is a jewel, a great big YES. A nourishing, vibrant incubator for growing as a creative musician, breaking through old rules, hearing the songs inside and expressing them in new ways, and having fun doing this with other like-minded musicians from all over. Highly recommended.

– Rob R.

“As a total beginner, this class blew my mind because I didn’t think I could write a song and I wrote several. It was so fun to follow his exercises and within minutes have super fun lyrics. It was great to be in an environment with all levels of musicians and be a part of a community of music makers. “

– Macy M.

“I took [the] online workshop this winter and it was one of the most profoundly creatively satisfying experiences I’ve had. [They] foster a very positive and supportive atmosphere.”

– Mark C.

«Watch and listen to what Sara V. has to say about the Compose Yourself Workshop.»

End writer's block:

I'm so grateful to have participated in Compose Yourself. After over a decade of musician's block, it's such a relief to be writing again! I've finally broken back in! - Elizabeth M.

Have a blast:

The workshop was SO DOPE. I feel like my creative outlet just multiplied after that! - Michael B.

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*If you are experiencing financial hardship, but are craving the songmaking offerings described here, please reach out and let me know because a modest amount of scholarship funds are available for folks in such circumstances. Please send an email to himself [at] describing your situation.

golden lotus studio reserves the right to cancel this class if enrollment does not meet the minimum requirement.