Let’s write songs together this summer! I’m offering a new session of Life as a Songwriter on Wednesdays in July, from 5-6:30pm CDT. Tickets here:


A four-week virtual songwriting course designed to give time, inspiration, and guidance for the craft of songwriting.
LIFE AS A SONGWRITER is a four week songwriting course led by singer/songwriter, performing artist and teacher, Danielle Ate the Sandwich. This course will cover creating melodies, lyrics and phrasing, trusting your instincts and honing your editing skills. Each class will include short lectures, with writing prompts and exercises, time for sharing, and talking about your experiences. The goal is to finish a new song to perform at the end of the four week session, to build skills for writing and editing, and establish a routine habit of sitting down to write and think as a songwriter.

We will meet virtually on Zoom from 5-6:30pm CST, every Wednesday from July 6th-27th, 2022. The class is limited to 10 writers. Beginner and intermediate writers are welcome, but proficiency on an instrument of your choice is encouraged. (Those who do not play an instrument can take this class, but there will not be instruction on how to play a musical instrument.)


Week 1 | July 6th from 5:00pm-6:30pm CST

Getting Started & Talking to Your Monster


Week 2 | July 13th from 5:00pm-6:30pm CST

Melody, Lyrical Phrasing & Trusting Your Instinct


Week 3 | July 20th from 5:00pm-6:30pm CST

Writing Authentic Lyrics & Honing Your Editor


Week 4 | July 27th from 5:00pm-6:30pm CST

Class Concert & Song Share



Danielle Ate the Sandwich is the stage name of pop-folk songwriter Danielle Anderson. Getting her start in Fort Collins, CO, now based in Kansas City, MO, Danielle has been touring nationally since 2009, after cultivating an online following from her homemade videos on Youtube. Danielle Ate the Sandwich has released seven albums of original music, made appearances internationally, opened for Mumford and Sons, Jake Shimabukuro, Suzanne Vega, Pomplamoose, and wrote the soundtrack to the Emmy nominated HBO documentary, “Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson.” Her newest project is an EP of original songs featured in the documentary “It’s Not a Burden: The Humor and Heartache of Raising Elderly Parents.”

Danielle Ate the Sandwich’s music has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Sara Bareilles, and Ingrid Michaelson. Her songs are lyrically driven, performed on ukulele and guitar, and find inspiration from her curiosity about death, science, religion, family dynamics, and her own emotions and experiences. Danielle Ate the Sandwich plays with the joy and sadness of the human experience, making you laugh one minute and cry the next. Her songs can be thoughtful and serious, but she’s known for her quirky lyrical twists, and for delivering witty and honest stage banter in her live shows.


“If you want to learn about songwriting, improve your songwriting, or just give yourself a songwriting shot in the arm, take this class with DATS. You will meet other people who are interested and develop and ongoing group of friends to share ideas with. Sign up today!”

“I highly recommend this songwriting class to anyone who wants to write a song! Whether you have been writing songs for years or have never written in your life, you will take something away from this class! Plus you get to hang out with THEE Danielle Ate The Sandwich!! #braggingrights”

“As a new songwriter, Danielle’s class environment felt safe, positive and fun.”

“I have been writing songs for years, but this class gave me a true sense of BEING a songwriter – being & doing, woven together, is amazing, & it shifted something in me. Thank you for that!!”

“I wrote a song, my first completely original song. I deeply appreciated the outreach by the teacher, the encouragement and extra help.”