• 2017 Summer Song Camps!

    Local Topanga boutique music group, Forte Poesy Music, will be hosting two SONG CAMP sessions this summer in Topanga Canyon. Forte Poesy instructors have been employing original curriculum which teaches musicianship through songwriting and self-expression since 2009.

    “We have carefully constructed what we deem the “dream week” for campers to experience music making as a simple and rewarding adventure, available to anyone with curiosity and passion. Our camp is great for beginners just dipping their toes in the water of songwriting and playing, as well as for those who already have some experience in creating tunes, “ says Forte Poesy founder, Shevy Smith.

    Song Camp (in two camp sessions: July 17-21 and July 31-Aug 4 / 9:30am-3pm) will take advantage of inherent inspiration found in local nature with light hikes, group songwriting, individual composing, beginning recording, crafting personal songwriting journals, and mock-radio interviews. Camp is suitable for both girls and boys, ages 6-18, as there will be much individual instruction available.

    “Music should be, above all things, a rewarding and fun experience. We kind of fancy ourselves the alternative to strict, scary piano teachers... we love to see students have creative breakthroughs and strive to foster an atmosphere of endless possibility. We have worked hard to structure a camp that WE would have enjoyed as kids. My staff and I are super excited to hear the songs that will come out of these summer sessions!”

    For more information, those interested can email or call 210-557-1612.

    1st Session: July 17 - 21 9:30am - 3pm
    2nd Session: July 31st - Aug 4th 9:30am - 3pm
    Cost: $350 (online payment HERE )
    FP Studios- 21745 Entrado Drive Topanga CA 90290 Ages: 6-18
    RSVP: please email or call 210-557-1612 

  • Seamus Heaney Song Workshop feat. Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol

    We were delighted to gather on November 21st for a very special song workshop day with the esteemed Gary Lightbody of the groups Snow Patrol and Tired Pony.  He led us through his own journey with the fabled Northern Irish poet and helped students craft their own songs based upon Heaney's poetry and musings with nature.  All gathered around the teepee made by Esme Lee and Shevy, it was an afternoon fit for a tribe of Topangans!

  • Passerine Project: Brooklyn // November 6 to benefit Afghan Women

    Shevy and Kendall are now 4 weeks into a 6 week project with combining the work of the Afghan Women's Writing Project and students from the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies.  Show will be in Soho at the Lynn Redgrave Theater on November 6 at 7pm.  Come support our brave Afghan writers and the students' work!

  • LA and OC Song Collaboration Workshops- Georgia Johnson Douglas

    Happy New Year!  2015 is off and running, somehow even faster than 2014!  I have received MANY inquiries as to when we would be hosting our next songwriting workshops.  I am pleased to announce that we will be having one in Topanga and one in Seal Beach to accommodate as many students as possible.  We will be diving into the poetry of Georgia Douglas Johnson.  Georgia was a preeminent female writer during the Harlem Renaissance.  Her poetry is beautiful, resilient, and incredibly profound in light of the news unfolding around us.  
    Feel free to invite friends who are not currently a part of the FP program and forward this on to anyone you feel might have an interest.  The afternoon workshops are a great opportunity to bring along a friend and have fun making some music!  No prior music training or writing experience is necessary… we guide all participants through the fun writing process.  We have all ages and have found that the difference in ages often leads to even more creative approaches musically and lyrically.  The discussions and compositions are priceless. In the end, we have a lovely batch of sweet songs and new, collaborative friendships. 
    January 17th, 2015 2pm-5pm
    21745 Entrado Dr.  Topanga, CA 90290
    $85 per student paid in advance
    checks payable to FORTE POESY or pay online at
    RSVP to or call 615-522-7058
    January 18th, 2015 3pm-6pm
    219 14th St.  Seal Beach, CA  90740
    $85 per student paid in advance
    checks payable to FORTE POESY or pay online at
    RSVP to or call 615-522-7058
  • AWWP Passerine Project is underway at BCS!

    We are so happy to announce that teachers Shevy and Keely have joined veteran educator, Stephen Simons, for the 2nd in a series of workshops combining the work of Afghan poets with the songwriting skills of teen students.   We will be posting tunes generated by this workshop soon!

  • Margaret Atwood Group Writing Workshop

    On August 23rd, Orange County writers gathered to explore the writing and works of Margaret Atwood. From "Shapechangers in Winter" to "Postcards" and "Good Bones", the girls spent the afternoon conversing and penning their own masterpieces.  Thanks to Ellie Clarke and her family for being such gracious hostesses!  We had the best day:)  Click the photo above to see more from the day.

  • AWWP Event May 18th

    Forte Poesy is excited to bring our partnership with the Afghan Women's Writing Project to the public  with the "AWWP + Forte Poesy: Night of Poetry & Song" on May 18th at the Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios at 7:00PM.  All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Afghan  Women's Writing Project, an organization which supports the voices of women with the belief that to tell one’s story is a human right. For more on the collaboration please watch the below video and visit our AWWP workshop page for photos of our dynamic songwriters. For tickets to the event visit HERE  . If you can't make it but still want to donate visit HERE

  • FP/AWWP Song Workshop

    On Saturday, March 1st, 20 students from the Forte Poesy program gathered in Topanga to participate in the FP/Afghan Women's Writing Project Song Workshop.  Our writers have been working individually on this project which has each one adapting a poem originally penned by an Afghan woman- essentially co-writing with someone whom they have never met yet shares a passion for writing and expression.  The workshop activities included sharing their own songs in various stages of completion and critical discussion of the poetry and environment which inspired the women of Afghanistan to pen such moving words.  The musicians then collectively chose a poem from the AWWP's compilation book "The Sky is a Nest of Swallows" and wrote a group song as a collaborative team of 23 writers.  The Song Workshop is one in a series of events to be hosted by the leadership team of FP and volunteers in preparation for "Night of Poetry and Song", an event in late May which will be a fundraiser for the admirable and important work of the Afghan Women's Writing Project.  click here to view photos from the event