Seminar Details


More than 500 students have already attended with 100s of unsolicited testimonials about the Smokin’ Hit Songwriters and Music Business Seminar! One of the most fun and informative songwriting events in the music industry. If you can only attend one event this year – attend the one that can motivate your music career!

Founded by Music Industry Media & Publicity Pro, Marla Sitten.
Marla says, “This seminar was founded to mentor and guide singers, songwriters, and artists on their musical journeys. I love working with and mentoring young artists most and I am sure I will do it throughout my music career. All industries need leaders and mentors to help the younger generations grow. For me, this is my community service and it’s been an honor and a privilege to work with hundreds of artists and inspiring songwriters.”

Co-Hosting This Year’s Seminar Will Be Music Insider, Hit Songwriter & Nashville Radio Pro, Devon O’Day.

This Year’s Hit Songwriter Line-up Includes: Dave Pahanish, Brian Henningsen, Devon O’Day & Brent Anderson.
Music Pros & Media Specialist: Marla Sitten & Devon O’Day.
HOURS: Friday, September 22nd – 6PM through Sunday, September 24th – 2PM CDT

Past Participating Hit Songwriters Include:
Dave Gibson, Wynn Varble, Chris Wallin, Ira Dean, Gary Hannan, Aaron Barker, Alex Harvey, and others!

Join Us For A Great Weekend Seminar!

Get insider music business information, songwriter and publishing tips and lots of inspiration!
Relax at The Smoke House Lodge & Cabins in Monteagle, TN…located between Nashville and Chattanooga, off highway I24, exit 134. Learn from some of the best songwriters in the business as they share their stories, insights, wisdom, experiences and practical advice about songwriting…along with lots of laughs.


“Submit Your Song” CONTEST for those registering between September 3rd – September 22nd!
We are offering a “Submit Your Song Contest” via email  for a chance to win a co-write with hit songwriter, Devon O’Day. She is a Songwriter, Author, Publisher, Public Speaker and Nashville Radio & Voice Personality. This is a great opportunity! More About Devon
NOTE: Must register for Smokin’ Hit Songwriters Seminar to participate plus $10 song submission fee.
CLICK HERE to register now.

A Special Friday Night Songwriting Contest: LIVE PERFORMANCE – Songwriting Contest featuring original song performances by the first 30 participants to sign up. The songwriters contest will be judged by an anonymous panel and the winner will receive a writing session with a Hit Songwriter and the opportunity to perform the song live on WSM Radio during the afternoon drive! Plus, the top three contestants will receive a single song publishing contract.
NOTEContest if FULL

  • Saturday: Songwriting Seminar with four legendary hit songwriters Dave Pahanish, Brian Henningsen, Devon O’Day and Brent Anderson. Interviewed and hosted by Marla Sitten & Devon O’Day; followed by a Q & A session.
  • Saturday afternoon: Songwriting exercises. Lottery style songwriting co-writes with tips from Devon O’Day & Marla Sitten. PRIZES – GOOD ONES! Relationship Building…BRING YOUR BUSINESS CARDS!
  • Saturday Evening: Hit Songwriter Round featuring Dave Pahanish, Brian Henningsen, Devon O’Day & Brent Anderson!
  • Sunday: Break the Chains! Wake Up Call! Career Advice, Publicity/Promotion and Networking 101 Clinic with Music Pros & Media Specialist, Marla Sitten and Devon O’Day.


  • Single song publishing contract will be offered
  • More talk about the “new music business”!
  • All panel members are successful artists and some of Nashville’s Best Songwriters!
  • Best late-night Bonfire JAM SESSION around!
  • Creative explosion!
  • Networking in the digital world!
  • Goodie Bags for Participants!


Seminar: New Participants – $225.00; w/Devon O’Day Songwriting Contest – $235.00
Past Participants – $125.00; w/Devon O’Day Songwriting Contest – $135.00
*All sales are final; no refunds.
The first 30 participants to sign up will perform in the Friday Night Show! Contest is FULL


Special Lodging Rates will be offered at the World-Famous Smoke House on Monteagle Mountain, TN. Half price rooms available for attendees and meal discounts provided. The Smoke House Lodge & Cabins fill up fast! No other hotel will be offering room or meal discounts! First come, first served!

Special Room Rates: $49.99 + tax / per night while supplies last.  Please call and ask for the ELVIS RATE.
Phone: (800) 489-2091 ex 1

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Seminar Pricing DOES NOT Include Food OR Lodging.