Write Your Next Album: The Complete Course

An 8-Week Songwriting Bootcamp For Brilliant, Badass Musicians

What if you were the kind of singer/songwriter that woke up every morning, brewed a fresh pot of coffee, and just wrote an album?

Here's a secret: you can.

(Quit rolling your eyes, you eye roller. You totally can.)

Does any of this sound familiar?

It's really hard to find the time to write. Between having a full-time job and balancing the other demands of your life, you just don't seem to have the bandwidth to write consistently.

You sometimes tend to forget that not every lyric is gonna be great. You throw away the lyrics that suck, and you think the good ones make you sound too pretentious. And even on your best days, you don't hate what you've ended up with on paper (which for you is actually quite positive!)

You don't write on days you're not inspired. Songwriting feels like a chore and you're waiting around for the inspiration to strike. In fact, you and your writer's block are BFFs, and you hang out... too much.

You lose motivation. You worry that there are just too many amazing singer/songwriters out there already. You find yourself asking, “How many breakup songs does the world really need?” You’re worried your stuff won't make a different or cut through all the noise.

Am I preachin' the truth? Good. Then you're in the right spot.


Let’s be honest:

Trying to write the “perfect song” is going to make you crazy.

But writing music every day, finding your own routine and structure to be brilliant…

that’s a dream come true.

And you can do it - but you need to do something DIFFERENT than what you've already been doing.

Just for a minute, I want you to imagine a world where...

You can wake up and write a song in a single session - and have the time to do it. You've become a master in creating your schedule instead of being at the effect of it.

Write quality lyrics that make a difference for people on a whole new level You have an entire toolbox of strategies to support your unique creative process. You have a commitment to your listeners and the confidence to create art that you know will impact that community.

Have quality music to pitch to the clubs, bars, and venues around the world that you want to perform in People see you as an musical leader and you wake up each morning knowing that you’re making a difference in people’s lives.


Get this, friend -- you can have all of this by creating accountability for yourself.

I want to introduce to you my secret weapon...

The 8 Week Songwriting Bootcamp

This is an 8 week online bootcamp designed to extinguish your writer's block and get you writing brilliant music, in your own time and on your own terms.

You know how you get really excited about your big plans for your next show, or album, or the next big step in your music career?

But then somewhere along the line, when it comes to really rolling up your sleeves and doing the work.

You get stopped. And your "big plans" become nothing more than wishful thinking.

Soon enough that's gonna be your way of the past. Cuz with this group, you're going to decide enough is enough. You're gonna be so damn tired of waiting around for inspiration to strike. You'll get it on your time and your terms.

Every day (or every week, if that's what you need), you’ll sit down and you'll create.

You'll still have your job. You'll still have responsibilities, obligations, and side gigs.

But there's one thing you'll have that's brand new: accountability.

You'll have accountability to your team. A team of songwriters, and a songwriting coach to boot (me!).

You'll have accountability to the people in the community that you're committed to impacting.

Wanna write about female empowerment? Yes. World hunger? Do it. Joy and grief? Love? OK go. Whatever you want. But get clarity on who you're serving.

And you'll create a profound accountability to yourself.

What you say, goes.

There are several critical tools and techniques you will master to execute this. Regular ol' you can't write a record in 8 weeks. But when you put these tools in place, results are guaranteed.

Let me be crystal clear:

This is a breakthrough approach to creation.

We start July 18. Join us.

"This has been truly amazing. I got so much more than I actually expected."

The best part about working with Stephanie was that she always saw the truth where I was at. She gave me so much space to grow and support to really get on this deeply. Really grounded, deep, embodied, truthful way of guiding me through this.

The biggest impact our work together has had on me is that I am actually writing songs again, and writing them from a more honest place in me.

It really took a long way to come to this point, to be humble enough to start writing from a completely new point of view, to surrender to the panic that the whole creative process gets going in me and be held in such a beautiful way.

I said I would write 10 songs by the end of May (still a week to go) and I wrote 14!

- Saara Markkanen, singer/songwriter


What's in the program, you ask?


You also get these sweet bonuses:


Let’s take a look at what you’ll learn over the 8 weeks of the program:

Lay a foundation

Discover the creative freedom you get with a songwriting schedule that actually works for you. Distinguish the patterns you see yourself repeating over and over (Module 1).

Create a vision

Before you create a vision for your album, you must create a vision for yourself as an artist. Refine exactly what success looks like for you (Module 2). Get really specific about exactly what kind of career you want - or don't want (Module 1).

Streamline your songwriting workflow

Create a structure to fulfill on any milestone you set out to achieve with your music - and your life (Module 2). This is a proven methodology used by high performance artists that you can use again and again to generate results (Module 4).

Conquer perfectionism

You'll gain access to living inside of a new dialogue with yourself that disappears your criticism and self-doubt around creating - and sharing - music (Module 7). You'll gain mastery over making requests of anyone in the industry, starting with bandmates, collaborators, and/or engineers that you would like to work with (Week 6 & 8). Disappear your writer's block for good (Module 5).

*The order is subject to change! Depending on the needs of the students, the tools might be delivered in a different order.

Join us now! Doors are closing in:


Before doing Write Your Next Album I felt stuck and bound up in perfectionism.

I didn't have a regular writing practice, my critical voice was so loud I basically stopped writing and started to build up a silent guilt around that. Feeling like a fraud, claiming that I'm a songwriting, whilst not writing any songs.

After the course I've been feeling so empowered, productive and like a songwriter.
I'm actually writing songs regularly! Woohoo!

The best part about working with Stephanie was her complete understanding of every part of being an independent artist and the art of resistance. Her first-hand knowledge meant that she was able to see my blind spots and offer practical advice for me to work my way out of them.

The biggest impact our work together has had on me is that I understand my purpose as an artist and songwriter and because of that I feel continually inspired to write and to share my music with others.

Thank you so much Stephanie, this course has genuinely changed my life!

-Ayanna Witter-Johnson, singer/songwriter




You've got two choices here...

You can keep trying to figure this stuff out on your own (which takes years for even the most intelligent artists to do)


You can steal my strategies, learn from my pain, and copy my techniques and write your album in a matter of weeks.

Think about where you want to be by summertime:

Do you have a proven plan to get your next album written?

Join us and it will be done by September.

Hold up, who is this songwriting goddess?

Hi, I'm Stephanie Carlin, and I'm the founder of Free Spirits Music, Brooklyn's most creative songwriting school.

Over at our Brooklyn studio, I have helped hundreds of kids, professional songwriters, hospital patients, and music aficionados write and perform more than 300 original songs.

I lead an online community helping songwriters kick self-doubt to the curb and discover their own daily creative process. And as a musician, I write songs about transformation. You can visit my virtual songwriting school at freespiritsmusic.com, and listen to my own music at avidyamusic.com.

But things weren't always easy. Back when I started performing my own music, I really had it that I was a failure and a fraud.

Back in 2012, I was a living the life of a classic "starving artist." I lived paycheck to paycheck, playing dingy clubs at night and teaching lessons after-school. I was exhausted, burnt out, and cynical about music.

I criticized my own music constantly, and almost never made it through completing an entire song.

I truly felt like even though my music was moving, nobody was listening. I needed so much courage to wake up every day and keep writing music that touched and inspired people.

Most of all, I needed faith that I could make a difference on the planet. That making music wasn't 100% selfish. And it really felt like it was.

Then I performed in South Korea at an international United Nations Conference. Thousands of delegates, including the UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon, flooded the conference hall to discuss the 17 Global Goals:

No poverty (#1).

Zero hunger (#2).

Reduced inqualities (#10)

And while all these delegates wanted to change the world, they were struggling with changing themselves.

And that's what I write music about. I write music about transformation. And I saw how sharing my music with them actually inspired them enough to go make the tangible differences in the world - at a global level.

This is what I want for you. Maybe you're not interested in saving the world, but I'll bet your interested in changing lives with your music.

I want to teach you exactly how to do this.

But before we dive into all of the sacred songwriting sweetness, or even hacking away at your songs, I want to arm you with one simple tool that has transformed my career:


Get up every damn day with a mission to expand your career.

And now, I want to teach you to do it too.

Here's what some songwriters have to say about working with Stephanie:


Join us now, doors are closing in:


Who is Write Your Next Album for?

Beginners AND professional singer/songwriters If you are ready to obliterate writer’s block, step up your game, and transform your artistic process, then it doesn't matter where you're starting from or what instrument you play. This is for you.

Artists who want to lead their own tribe You'll get the actual tools you need to start generating yourself as an artistic leader in your community.

Musicians who want to rapidly produce results You're dying to get moving on your career but there a few blindspots in the way. We'll handle them.

Busy people! You're busy with kids, a full time job, or a big tour The methods in this program are designed for high-performers who want to maximize their results in the shortest amount of time. You'll become a creator of your schedule instead of continuing to be at the effect of it.

Who is Write Your Next Album NOT for?

Wannabes + amateurs You will walk out of this program with a new sense of who you are in the world as an artist. If you aren't interested in that conversation, this isn't for you.

Artists who are unwilling to just try using a calendar. In this program we are going to dominate and handle any "time issues" you might have. You gotta be willing to try out a calendar. This is like death to some people. No biggie. But this program ain't for you.



You'll get a welcome email from me, Stephanie. I'll be jumping for joy and throwing a party in your honor.

The program begins Tuesday, July 18. You'll get an schedule in your packet of logistics. A module will be released every Tuesday at 9 AM EST.

You'll also receive a list of dates, times, and login codes for the live group coaching calls. Put these in your calendar ASAP! Most of the live calls will be held on Thursdays @ 1PM EST/10AM PST.

You do not have to be on the call - the replay will be posted immediately.

Each week you'll get one workbook and three songwriting prompts that align with the focus of the week.

You'll get a link to request access to our private Facebook group. You should be added within 4-5 days of joining Write Your Next Album.


Don't deny yourself the artistic support
you really need and want.

You deserve to thrive. Take the leap and join us.

This course is not open for enrollment.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts the week of July 16 and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. We'll have a live weekly call every week and if you can't join us, no problem - catch the replay and hang with the gang in our closed Facebook group. The "live" part of the program lasts 8 weeks.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do I have to play guitar to be in this program?
Absolutely not - all you have to do is be a songwriter. You can play guitar, uke, bass, cello, viola, violin, keys, whatever -- the conversation isn't instrument-specific. It's about thought process, context, and inner power in relationship to your work.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
This course is for songwriters ready to up their game, and we urge you to stay in the course even if you're feeling confronted. You got this! We trust you to make a wise and thoughtful decision, and we will offer a refund in full up to 2 weeks before the course begins. All we ask is that you show us you've done the work before you request your refund - that means you've done the worksheets and shown up to the calls.
This course would be a big investment for me. Is it really worth the price?
I know you're pretty brilliant, I trust you to make a wise and thoughtful investment in yourself. The single most valuable thing I ever did for my career was to invest in a coach, and that's exactly who I'll be for you. Alongside you, every step of the way, making sure you get the results of your dreams. I'll let one of my former students Ayman tell you about what it's like to work with me. He writes, “You’re a songwriter’s hero! Your material is so well prepared and organized. It’s too good to stop here - I want more.”