MASSILLON  While local songwriter and folk singer Bryan Stahl performs throughout May at local venues, he spends the first and third Wednesdays a month from 7 to 9 p.m. helping others to write their songs at the Massillon Musuem.

The workshops are funded through an individual artist grant from ArtsinStark. The workshops continue all summer and through September. Adults and students ages 14 and older can take one or all of the workshops for free.

Stahl lives in Massillon and has played the guitar for more than 18 years. He’s crafted his own songs with acoustic melodies and his own lyrics. He performs with his wife, Mandy Altimus Stahl, frequently at the Speak Easy in Canal Fulton and Sonnets Coffee in Wadsworth. They have also performed at many other locations around the area.

The workshop on May 2 had two songwriters joining Stahl, Pat Porter, from Dalton, and Brenda Parke, from Massillon. They have both written songs before and wanted to learn new techniques.

"I’ve had one other songwriting class, I’ve always written poetry," Porter said. "It’s a way to heal through an experience."

The workshops generally include brainstorming sessions, tips and suggestions from Stahl and sometimes Stahl will perform one of his songs or one of the participant’s songs.

Those who are interested in joining a workshop can just stop by, reservations aren’t required. For more information, visit www.massillonmuseum.org.