Aspiring Songwriting Camp

Ralph van Manen, Henk Pool and Paul Field

Las Negras, Andalusia, Spain | 2019-11-14 - 2019-11-18


A summary of the Aspiring Songwriting Camp.

You are very serious about your songwriting-ambitions: always trying to develop your writing but some issues keep popping up: how do I get my lyrics more to the point, why is this verse not working, or what can I do to make this good song even better? How does co-writing work?

Are you experiencing these kind of issues yourself? Nobody has áll the anwers, but in this Songwritingcamp you can make big progress! Ralph van Manen, Henk Pool and Paul Field are experienced songwriters who have been walking quite some ‘songwriting-miles’. They all received numerous Awards and even Gold and Platinum Albums for their writing, on both sides of the Atlantic; but moreover; they really like to use their experience and knowledge to help, encourage and motivate other songwriters.
This is a camp about every aspect of songwriting, in which we’ll have co-writing sessions, enjoy mini-concerts, but we’re also offering a one-on-one coaching session with dedicated feedback and tips for your own writing..
A Meditteranean relaxed atmoshpere, a great hotel (with airco, internet, bathroom & fridge in every room) 200 mtrs from the beach, new songwriting-friendships, how’s this all sound?
If you like the sound of this apply for our Aspiring Songwriters Camp 14-18 nov 2019, you won’t regret..



14-18 nov 2019, Las Negras, Andalusia, Spain


  • Transfers Airport – Hotel vice versa.
  • Breakfastbuffet, lunchbuffet, 2 x dinner including drinks(first and last evening)
  • Price is based on a double room. Extra cost for single room: + €150
  • Hotelfacilities, swimming pool etc.
  • Vocal workshops


  • Airticket (we’ll give a fligh advice connected to the shuttle bus)
  • Cancellation and Travel insurance(recommended)
  • Optional: activities like diving, mountainbiking, snorkeling etc
  • Spa and fitnessfacilities available at your own costs in a hotel across the street.

“Let yourself be inspired by the Mediterranean way of life.”



Transfer with shuttle bus.

We will give a flightadvice connected to the shuttle bus.

19   Welcome meet ‘n’greet with tapas and drinks


day 2-4

8-9 Breakfastbuffet

9.30-12.30 Morning co-writing sessions 

We’re going to co-write in groups of three!

Briefings provided, e.g.: Agree on whom & what you intend to write for and off you go! Coaches are there to help and advise.

13 – 15  Lunch and siesta!

Relax! This is Andalusia

15-19 One-on-one coachings & afternoon co-writing sessions

Co-writing and also one-on-one coachings. Every evening there’s a little songwriters-in-the-round; each time a different group.

Wednesday afternoon is free for relaxing, swimming, outdoor activities, walking along the coast etc.

20 – 21.30  Las Negras Dinner Time!

21.30 – 00.00  Open podium and bar & friday a Spanish “Goodbye”evening

With open mike, lots of music, songs, good food, great wines & cocktails!

Relaxing and listening around the pool at each other’s songs.

day 5

9-10 Breakfastbuffet



14-15 Lunchbuffet 


18 Transfer with shuttlebus to the airport



foto Henk
Henk Pool

Henk Pool is a songwriter & producer from the Netherlands. Henk’s songs have been recorded by a wide array of artists, such as Wynona, Avalon, Chris McClarney and Kelly Minter (USA), Marco Borsato, Kim-Lian van der Meij, Sjors van der Panne, Petra Berger, O’g3ne, Moye Brennan (Europe), Nicholis Louw, Loyd Cele, Romanz (South Africa), Eve Janvier (Canada), among others.

He has sold multi platinum discs in both the USA and Europe. In two recent shows of ‘The Voice of Holland’, Henk’s songs were used in the finals, both songs shooting straight to the top of the charts. He has regular co-writes in the US, UK and NL with people like Vincent Degiorgio, Danny Orton, Michael Garvin, Victoria Horn, Carl Utbult, Troy Verges, Chris Eaton, Nik Kershaw, Bruce R. F. Smith, Ralph van Manen, among others. Henk’s songs have been used in American films like ‘A Foreign Affair’ (with Tim Blake Nelson & David Arquette).

Henk has also written film scores for movies like: ‘The Roymann Closure’, and the award winning: ‘Letter’. His work has won both ASCAP and DOVE Awards, plus a Rembrandt Nomination for best film song. Apart from a busy studio and writing career, Henk is a part-time teacher at the ArtEZ Pop Academy & Conservatory.

Ralph van Manen foto website
Ralph van Manen

Ralph began his career in 1993 as a solo artist and, in the years that followed, he has released many live & studio albums, recorded both in the Netherlands & USA, and performed by Dutch, American and British musicians. In 1999, when Ralph co-wrote with Henk Pool, ‘Testify to Love’, he not only created a mega hit for himself at home & abroad – but, also in the U.S.A., where the world famous group, Avalon, recorded the song, once more scoring a mega hit & achieving platinum status for their album! The song was also used as the soundtrack for the popular American TV series, “Touched by an Angel”, and once again the album reached platinum status. Ralph received a Dove Award for this song in Nashville (‘Song of the Year’). From that moment on, Ralph’s popularity rapidly grew overseas, and he is a much sought after songwriter in the USA & beyond.

Ralph co-writes regularly with UK lyricist Bruce R. F. Smith, with whom he has co-written many outstanding songs & hits, including the single’ ‘Facing a Miracle’ recorded by Taylor Dane (USA). Ralph has written songs for such international artists as: Cliff Richard (UK) , Pete Orta (UK), Jacky Valesquez (USA), Wynona Judd (USA), Romanz (South Africa ), Aström Nina (FIN), as well as established Dutch artists like Danny de Munck, Willeke Alberti & the popular group,‘LA The Voices’, who released a Dutch version of ‘Testify to Love’. In 2011, Ralph signed a contract with South Korea for distribution of his music there.

Paul Field
Paul Field

Since 1976 Paul has worked as a songwriter, composer, performer and producer in the Uk and around the world. He has received an Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers and a Dove Award (and two nominations) from GMA in Nashville along with numerous other awards from ASCAP in the USA. He has had #1 chart success with his songs in the UK, USA, Holland, South Africa and Germany and has received many Platinum and Gold records for his work.

In recent years he’s also worked as a part time Lecturer at Bath Spa University on their MA Songwriting course, critiquing students work and leading several Masterclasses. He also runs his own Songwriting workshops.

Much of his work today revolves around using songs and music(integrating where possible other creative disciplines such as video, dance and photography) to highlight Social Justice issues and explore our emotional responses to them.

Recently he’s written and produced ‘The Stolen Lives’ project in collaboration with The Wilberforce Institute at Hull University.


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