Song Writing Camp

Old School Song Writing Camp 2023 (Spring) was a tremendous success at Hotel Wolfe Island. Lots of new songs, inspiration, sharing, new friends and fun! Stay tuned for updates on when Old School’s next Song Writing Camp will happen! Here’s a few photos:

Old School Camps presents Song Writing Camp 2023
at The Hotel Wolfe Island
March 24th to March 26th
with songwriters Suzie Ungerleider and Jim Bryson Jenny Whiteley, Joey Wright and Kristine Schmitt
$825.00 + HST

An island adventure like no other! Old School Camps is running Song Writing Camp on beautiful Wolfe Island this March 24-26.

We are a family-run business and we like to keep things small and simple. That is why there are only 22 spots available for this amazing camp! It’s also why you only pay one all-inclusive fee to come to camp, and you leave the rest of your camp experience to us!

Who is teaching at camp?

Suzie Ungerleider – 3-time Juno nominee including for new album “My Name Is Suzie Ungerleider”, Genie-award winner, Folk Music Award-winner for songwriting,

Jim Bryson – Folk Music award-winner, Americana and Juno award-nominated producer, including for “My Name Is Suzie Ungerleider”,

Jenny Whiteley – camp director, two-time Juno Award-winning songwriter,

Joey Wright – Juno-nominated songwriter, chef and co-owner of Old School Camps,

Kristine Schmitt – Dora-nominated songwriter, performance coach and recording artist,

Allison Brown – Camp Assistant, songwriter, singer, music administrator and house-sitter extra-ordinaire,



What is included in your camp fee?

Two nights private hotel accommodation at the beautiful, waterfront Hotel Wolfe Island

Six gourmet meals created by house chef Andrew Dillon

Private songwriting session with one of your instructors and a chance to get feedback on one of your songs/ideas

Master classes with world-renowned and award-winning songwriters

Exclusive performances in the Hotel’s beautiful Concert Room

Hands-on workshops covering subjects such as: how to write with others, tackling difficult subject matter, music theory made easy, getting out of your own way and making it fun again (or for the first time!), performance anxiety and much more

Song Circles/Sharing in the Piano Lounge: a fun and supportive space

The chance to meet other songwriters and expand your community

Unlimited inspiration, seriously, an all-you-can-enjoy buffet of ideas!

Where is Camp?

Wolfe Island is a 20-minute free ferry ride from downtown Kingston for Canadians. Americans can take the ferry from New York State to the Island, as well. Ferry times and information is available here:—ferry-schedule.aspx,

The Hotel Wolfe Island was recently purchased by musician H. Chris Brown and partners, and transformed into a beautiful hotel and arts space. Song Writing Camp is being presented by Old School Camps as part of the Hotel’s March Art Installation month.

When does camp start and end?

Check-in at the Hotel Wolfe Island is between 2 and 3 PM Friday March 24th. You will receive your self-check-in information from the hotel closer to the date of the camp.

The camp wraps up after lunch on Sunday March 26th.

Am I a good fit for this camp?

Song writers with any level of experience are welcome! Whether you are hoping to write your first song, or you are a long-time song-smith who needs a dose of inspiration, our stellar instructors and small numbers will allow all campers to fulfill their aspirations in a fun, supportive, energizing and creative atmosphere.

There is a Steinway Grand piano at the Hotel for those who play. Please bring your instrument of choice to accompany yourself. If you do not play an instrument and would like accompaniment, please let us know and we will arrange for someone to play with you while writing or sharing your work.

A typical day at Old School Songwriting Camp…

8:00 Early Bird Coffee Time
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Mini-Workshop (eg: Getting Out of Your Own Way and Letting It Flow with Jenny Whiteley)
11:00 Master Class with Jim Bryson, Q and A with Campers
1:00 Lunch
2:30 Master Class with Suzie Ungerleider, Q and A with Campers
4:30 Flash of inspiration – “let’s all write a song, right now!” with Jim Bryson
6:00 Mini-Workshop (eg: Putting It All Together: how to get organized in thought and on paper)
6:30 Dinner
8:00 concert with Kristine Schmitt
9:30 Song Circle with Joey Wright