Marie Eaton loves to mess with lyrics and melody in search of a song, and over years of teaching songwriting has developed some tools and jumpstart exercises to get the creative juices flowing. She taught songwriting for many years at Fairhaven College, Western Washington University, as well as at PSGW, the Northwest Women's Music Celebration, Bellingham Music Festival and the Northwest Writer’s weekend. For over forty years she's been part of a four-woman group, Motherlode, performing in venues from Vancouver, B.C to Los Angeles. With Motherlode she has recorded seven CDs, featuring many of her own songs, including recent releases, Circle on the Sand, Live and Laughing, and Coming Home. She also has a solo album I've Got a Secret. Marie is a published poet as well and brings the tools and craft of this form of creative writing to songwriting.