Songwriting Camp for Professionals Spring 2

with Greig Watts, Bruce Smith, Henk Pool and Ralph van Manen

Las Negras, Andalusia, Spain | 2025-03-06 - 2025-03-10


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. Also Henk Pool and Ralph van Manen are present, both internationally known songwriters/producers.

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.


6-10 March 2025 in Las Negras, Andalusia, Spain


  • Transfers Airport – Hotel vice versa.
  • Breakfastbuffet, lunchbuffet, 2 x dinner (first and last evening)
  • Price on basis double room. Single rooms are an extra € 225,-
  • 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

7:30 – 8:30

Breakfast buffet


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.

Greig Watts

Greig Watts is one third of the Uk based Writing, production and publishing team DWB.

Greig’s main writing role is lyrics as well as melody and he also heads up the Publishing department which means he has an A & R’s ears This role involves managing many other writers (who between them have been involved in over 60 Million sales). Over the past few years, Greig has hosted many successful song writing camps, for Asia, Eurovision and was part of the team putting together the 1st Midem camp.

The success of these camps and songs coming from them has lead to Greig becoming an expert in the particular areas of Asia and Eurovision, and he has subsequently been a conference speaker, panellist or Moderator at (Moscow), GMA (Taiwan), ADE (Amsterdam), Sound City (Liverpool) and more.

After overseeing 11 Eurovision entries in 7 years, as well as approximately 30 National finalists during that period, Greig was appointed the Music Consultant for Eurovision for the BBC for 2019, with Michael Rice and “Bigger Than Us’ being picked to represent the UK in Israel. In 2021 he is one of the team behind Destiny and Malta’s, “Je Me Casse”.

Bruce R.F. Smith

British born, Dutch based lyricist is a multi-platinum selling, award winning songwriter, who has written for such international stars as Taylor Dayne (U.S.A.) & Madeline Bell (U.S.A.), Alvin Stardust (UK), Moya Brennan of Clannad (UK & Ireland), FUDANJUKU (#1 Japan, 2015), ARASHI (#1 Japan, 2012), KAT-TUN (#1 Japan, 2011), V6 (#1Japan, 2010), WITHIN TEMPTATION (Netherlands)

Bruce has had many songs performed on national TV in the Dutch National Song Festival finals for Eurovision.

2004: Two songs in the NSF finals: “On a Wing & a Prayer” & “Mississippi Miss”.

2005: A record year with 7 songs in the NSF  – one: “MY IMPOSSIBLE DREAM”, represented the Netherlands with GLENNIS GRACE at Eurovision in Kiev, Ukraine, 2005.

Songs in the semi-finals of Poland (2006), Belarus (2010) & Rumania (2013)

2010: Bruce scored a #1 hit in Holland with: “Angel of The Night”/”Engel van mijn hart”, performed by GERARD JOLING.

2010: Bruce was awarded the coveted Dutch ‘Buma Golden Harp Award’ for “Best Song of 2009”.

Bruce has co-written all of the lyrics to the album songs of German Dark Synth Pop star, MONICA JEFFRIES”: “BACK TO EDEN” 2013,”OLD DEMONS” 2014, “IN CIRCLES” 2015, “INTO TEMPTATION” 2016, currently working on MONICA JEFFRIES’ new album.

2018 Bruce’s co-write, “DANGER!”, is released by Belgian duo, ROOFTOP RENEGADES”, charting in the Top Ten internationally.

2018 co-write with EDWIN SCHIMSCHEIMER : “IT COULD HAPPEN TONIGHT” by ESTHER VAN KOMMER, was released in November.

2018 December saw the single release of “FLY ME THRU THRU THE YEARS”, performed by PETER DOUGLAS, the Dutch Frank Sinatra.

2018 December saw the release of “JUST LOVE”, co-written with Peter Douglas & Johnny Rosenberg. The song will also feature in the movie of the same name.

2018 Bruce had three holds with K-POP mega stars:KAT-TUN.

In 2018 Bruce’s co-write: “STAR CROSSED LOVERS” was released on the solo album, “INDIGO”, of SHARON VAN DEN ADEL, lead singer from the international group: “WITHIN TEMPTATION”.

2019 Swiss singing star, SCILLA HESS, released Bruce’s co-write: “DANCING WITH A DEMON”

2019 Dutch singer Davina released his co-write: “TIC-TAC”.

2020 Dutch/Latvian singer, ANNNA,released his co-write: “SILVER SPOONS”

2020 German artist, MASON BLU, will release his co-write: “DYNAMITE”

2021 RALPH VAN MANEN co-wrote with Bruce the John Denver tribute song: “A SOUL FOR ALL SEASONS” to be released later this year.

2022. Bruce’s co-write: “GO ALL IN”, is selected as the official Lillehammer Winterpride song for 2023.

2023 Bruce will be co-writing new material with platinum selling songwriter/artist: Ralph van Manen.

foto Henk
Henk Pool

is a classically trained Composer/Songwriter/Producer from the Netherlands. Multi Platinum & Gold succes in the USA, the UK and Europe. Songs cut by Avalon (Testify to Love, DOVE PopSong of the Year & ASCAP Award, 6 weeks #1 USA CCM charts, Wynonna (soundtrack ‘Touched by an Angel’), Marco Borsato (Multi Platinum in the Netherlands), The Voice of Holland winner crooner Dennis van Aarssen, Laura Pausini (It), Chris McClarney (USA), Laura Fygi, Guus Meeuwis, Tim Akkerman, Sir Cliff Richard (Gold in the UK), Chris Eaton (UK), Marie-Eve Janvier (Canada, France) and many others.

Lots of songwriting around the world, especially in the USA (Nashville and LA) with songwriters like Curtis Richardson, Danny Orton, Troy Verges, Femke Reynolds, Andrew Fromm, Michèle Vice-Maslin, Jeff Silbar, Michael Garvin, Jennifer Paige, Ralph van Manen, Allan Eshuijs, Lori Lieberman, Chris Eaton, Nik Kershaw amo.

Henk is working from his homebase Artica Productions Studio in the beautiful city of Leeuwarden. Apart from this he is a part-time Songwriting and Production Teacher at the renowned ArtEZ Pop Academy and he is involved in Las Negras Songwriting Camps (Andalucia, Spain), a very succesful hub for internationally acclaimed songwriters. Recently Henk initiated an all-female publishing house ‘The Write Girls’, first #2 (Belgium) chart succes already in the pocket.


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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