Kudos to Blair Packham et al (which "al" includes Rik Emmett, Ember Swift, Steven Page, Zack Werner and more!) for setting up SongStudio '09, described as a "week-long adventure in songwriting at Toronto's Ryerson University" and scheduled to take place this summer: July 18 - 24, 2009.
Just a bit from the website (which you should visit for yourself):
The week will focus on learning how to write your best songs ever. Best of all, you will get many chances to perform your songs, for supportive, attentive audiences in a warm, nurturing environment.
SongStudio's format is designed to help you acquire strategies and tools to help turn your ideas into real, finished songs. Good songs that speak to your audience. If you have something to express through song, we can help. Maybe you only write lyrics. At SongStudio, chances are you'll meet someone who needs help with their words, or who only writes music. And in the meantime, we can help you make your lyrics communicate more effectively, and help you learn how to write effective, compelling melodies and chord changes.
Something else happens at our workshops. Some might call it networking. We prefer to think of it as making friends, and if the last four years are any indication, many of the friendships made at our past workshops will be for life. This is a beautiful thing. So often, songwriting is a solitary art. When the experience can be shared, a community builds.
At SongStudio you will sing, you will laugh, you will listen, you'll "talk shop", but most of all, you will grow as a writer and as an artist.
Sounds like a wonderful, creative environment... May the Muse be with them all!