Merrill Farnsworth and Phil Madeira created Mercyland Songwriter Workshops as something more than a workshop- Mercyland is a community of creatives, helping each other give wing to the songs inside each of us.  Merrill passed away in September of 2017, but her work lives on in everyone who she encouraged along her journey.

Mercyland at Music City


 January 4-8,2018 ~ space limited


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Party Mercyland style with Phil Madeira and friends- “three songs in three days” and lots of fun along the way. You’re invited to Nashville- Music City-  for three full days of workshops to spark new lyrics, music and plenty of co-writes.



One of our special guests at the 2018 Mercyland will be Minton Sparks!  She was a favorite of Merrill's and I know our writers will be inspired and thrilled by this amazing artist.  For a glimpse into Minton's world, please click HERE.


Artist/Musician Jimmy Abegg joins us day and night. Special guests drop by to talk about their life in music ... nights are yours to Honky Tonk, walk to 12th South for dinner, check out East Nashville, or stay cozy in the Mercyland Songwriter House* (Belmont/12thSouthDistict) with a glass of something tasty in one hand and a guitar in the other.

The amazing Gordon Kennedy, telling songwriting stories, singing hits, and sharing his wisdom at Mercyland 2017.

The amazing Gordon Kennedy, telling songwriting stories, singing hits, and sharing his wisdom at Mercyland 2017.


10 spaces booked/6 spaces open NOTE: (if you are new to Mercyland - contact Phil via email form on this page with a link to your website/youtube before beginning registration process. Songwriters,musicians, poets, singers welcome).



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1st deposit holds your space: 570.00  

Total workshop tuition due November 15, 2017

(includes 7 workshop sessions)

Here are a few songwriter testimonials:

“Hey Merrill - The workshop you and Phil created is a must if you want to find yourself and your songs. I think the Mercyland Songwriter Workshop was one of the most astonishing weeks of my life and I've been doing this a long time. You open doors in hallways I did not know exist. I can't wait to spread the word.”-    Jimmy Abegg

"I am still riding high from my workshop experience with Merrill and Phil. I have been a part of Merrill’s writing circles for about a year so I know how she can pull things out of me that I didn’t know were there.  The combination of Merrill’s writing exercises and Phil’s vast experience as a songwriter were a great combination. As a relatively new songwriter, I gained confidence and went away inspired and ready to go back for more." Jenna Longmire

"The tag-team workshops of Merrill Farnsworth and Phil Madeira allowed for high intensity focus on both lyric writing and song crafting. Each exercise, lesson, and collaboration is a happening. The comradery of co-writing made each session a once in a lifetime experience. The positive, accepting environment and the love and kindness shared made it feel like we were in a place called Mercyland."  Chuck McDowell

"I've been writing for about ten years but somewhere along the way, I lost my voice and passion to write. Merrill (poet, lyricist, playwright) was great at pulling out my creativity and digging into a part of me I didn't even know existed. I couldn't wait for the next session! Phil Madeira is one of the best musicians and songwriters in the industry. I loved his soul and passion for breaking down the meaning of a song. I couldn't wait to hear what he said about each song I wrote." Joy Anderson

"Mercyland Songwriter Workshop was everything I hoped for, and more. Merrill helped me tap into and express thoughts and ideas that I wasn’t aware even existed. Phil then helped me craft my thoughts into tangible and coherent lyrics. Mercyland created an environment of trust, intimacy and learning."  Jonathan Richardson

Creating a song!

Creating a song!