Laena Myers-Ionita and Jason Heath from Jail Guitar Doors walk you through a writing exercise showing you how to use your words and personal story to write a song. Everyone has a story and we build common ground when we share them. Choose a topic like love, family or struggle and write about it. Find a selective scribe who will choose a line to be added to the lyrics.

Music brings people together in a powerful way. This video walks you step by step through the exercise of songwriting.

Department of Arts and Culture partnered to support the LA County Office of Education's All In: Safe and Welcoming Schools Webinar Series. Check out the full series which includes four videos, study guides and lesson plans from teaching artists from the Arts for Healing and Justice Network member organizations.