Pat Pattison is an author, clinician and Berklee Professor of Lyric Writing and Poetry. His many successful students include GRAMMY® award winners John Mayer, Gillian Welch, and Tom Hambridge. Pat has been teaching at Berklee College of Music since 1975, where he played a central role in developing Berklee’s unique songwriting major—the world’s first college-level songwriting degree. In addition to four books about songwriting, Pat has developed several courses for Berklee Online ( and His lyrics and articles are widely published, and he presents live songwriting clinics worldwide.

Books by Author:

Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure: Tools and Techniques for Writing Better Lyrics

An updated and revised edition, formerly titled Managing Lyric Structure! This book has it all: rhythm and rhyme, phrasing, song form, and the all-important hook! Equally helpful to both beginning and experienced lyricists, this book features exercises that help you say things better and write better songs. A great resource for all lyricists.