Songwriting Camp for Professionals Spring 2

with Greig Watts, Bruce Smith and Ralph van Manen

Las Negras, Andalusia, Spain | 2023-03-17 - 2023-03-21


Short summary of this week.

This camp is aimed at pro songwriters and artists who want to co-write for their own projects. We also will be providing optional briefings (‘leads’) for external projects you can write for.

We will be writing in both morning and afternoon sessions, in groups of three. This is a splendid opportunity to work with pro-songwriters from literally everywhere, plus a chance to broaden your experience in co-writing and develop your international network etc.

A truly great investment in your songwriting-career!

You’ll feel completely at home in our small hotel (reserved exclusively for us!) in Las Negras, Andalusia, Spain, with great food & drink and enough time for relaxation around the swimming pool. The hotel is situated well within one-minute walking distance of the beach.

Greig Watts, from DWB publishing, is doing the every morning briefings and will be coaching every writing session where necessary. Bruce Smith, lyricist, is also there and guides where necessary in the lyrics, with his incredible experience.

One of the reviews; Jeroen Nap, producer NAP Music: “AWESOME week with AWESOME people at an AWESOME location where we wrote AWESOME songs with an AWESOME atmosphere … ow yeah the food was AWESOME too !! Thanks everyone!” For more reviews, scroll down.


19-23 March 2022 in Las Negras, Andalusia, Spain

An amazing songwriting camp! Enjoy the video!

Gepostet von Las Negras Camps am Samstag, 4. März 2017


  • Transfers Airport – Hotel vice versa.
  • Breakfastbuffet, lunchbuffet, 2 x dinner (first and last evening)
  • Price on basis double room. Single rooms are an extra € 175,-
  • Hotel facilities, swimming pool.


  • Airticket (We can advise you about times & fares).
  • Cancellation insurance (recommended) and Travel insurance.
  • Optional (outdoor) activities like diving,
    cycling etc.
  • Spa and fitness facilities are available at your own expense in the hotel on the other side of the road.

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


daY 1

During the day

Transfer from the airport

We have our own shuttle-service in place. Please contact us about more information about supported airports and times.


Welcome meet ‘n’ greet with tapas + drinks

This is when you check in at the hotel, make yourself at home and meet your fellow songwriters around the bar in the pool-area.

day 2 – day 4

8:30 – 9:30

Breakfast buffet

9:30 – 13:00

Morning co-writing sessions

in groups of three

Briefings provided, e.g.: whom to write for & which artists are looking for what kind of songs, etc?) Agree on whom & what you intend to write for and off you go!

13:30 – 15:00

Lunch and siesta

15:00 – 19:00

Afternoon co-writing Sessions

Continue to work on the song you started in the morning. Feel free to work on it for as long as you want!

18:00 – 20:00

Hotelbar open

20:00 – 21:30

Las Negras dinnertime

Monday and Tuesday we’ll have dinner in the village. There are very many reasonably priced restaurants in Las Negras, offering everything from fresh tapas and fish, to hamburgers and pizzas. Prices are actually pretty low, so you can eat really well for about €15.

21:30 – 0:00

(optional) Open podium & bar

Just plain relaxing & chilling around the pool, where we can listen to each other’s songs.
(the last evening we’ll offer a farewell-Spanish dinner and the presentation of all written songs )

day 5

8:30 – 9:30

Breakfast buffet

13:30 – 14:30


During the day (depending on flight departure times)

Airport Transfer


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.

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Las Negras Camps is an absolute must for songwriters. Great hospitality, really relaxed atmosphere in lovely Las Negras. I was really inspired by the other songwriters; a good environment to make beautiful songs.

Ray Klaassen
Singer Songwriter

The camp in Las Negras: an exhilarating 3 days of songwriting! I already signed up for february and november!

John Sauli
Vocalist, songwriter & lyricist

AWESOME week with AWESOME people at an AWESOME location where we wrote AWESOME songs with an AWESOME atmosphere … ow yeah the food was AWESOME too !! Thanks everyone!

Jeroen Nap
Producer @NAP Music