Writing workshops

I run evening courses as well as one-day and weekend workshops here in Cornwall, and I take bookings from groups and organisations nationwide. Sign up for my newsletter if you’d like to receive notifications of my upcoming courses straight to your inbox.

Start your story

Peterborough, April 28th.

I’ll be giving the morning workshop at this exciting new writing event, organised by Writing Magazine. Book early if you want to be sure of a place!


Free-range writing

Sunday April 29th, 1.30-4.00, Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire.

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Free-ranging across different kinds of writing is a great way to energise your creativity, find fresh inspiration and discover writing opportunities you might not have thought of before.

Give it a go with this free-range writing workshop – it’s suitable for everyone from published authors to absolute beginners. All you need is a pen, a notepad and a sense of adventure!

£15. Bookings via Stamford Arts Centre website or box office, 01780 763203

If you prefer, you can book here:

Free-range writing workshop, Stamford


One-day workshops 

Writing into Radiance

Saturday 12th May 2018, 10.30-4.00, Upton Cross, East Cornwall.

Writing is a combination of conscious intention and surrender. It begins with a plan and ends with a sense of wonder, a feeling of ‘Where did that come from?’

Surrendering to mystery is, in its broadest sense, a spiritual practice. It is also deeply pleasurable. Come for an enjoyable day of exploring the mystery of inspiration.

Suitable for all levels of writing experience, and for every faith and none.

£35, including light lunch and refreshments.

For further information, contact me 01579 363124 or email author@jennyalexander.co.uk. Please read my Terms and Conditions before booking.

Writing into Radiance workshop


Evening courses

Watch this space – more coming soon!

Weekend workshops

Cornwall is a beautiful county with plenty of visitor accommodation, and two-day workshops are a great opportunity to combine some exciting writing with inspiring sightseeing.

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Cornwall – lovely at every time of year

Writing Longer Fiction: Plotting and Pacing

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of March 2018, 10.30-4.00, Upton Cross, East Cornwall.

Writing a novel can be a bewilderingly big undertaking and you can easily start to lose your way. But if you wander, you will lose your readers too.

In this weekend of workshops, we’ll be looking at how to create strong plots and sub-plots and avoid the dreaded ‘saggy middle’, so that you can drive the story forward with confidence and keep your readers turning the pages.

Please note, the workshops are scheduled over a week-end but do not include accommodation, which you will have to organise for yourself if needed.

£75 full course, including light lunch and refreshments.

This workshop is FULLY BOOKED. Please email me if you would like to be contacted in the event of a cancellation.

For further information, contact me 01579 363124 or email author@jennyalexander.co.uk. Please read my Terms and Conditions before booking.

Private bookings

I’ve worked for nationwide membership organisations including The Society of Authors, Lapidus and The Scattered Authors; residential providers including The Arvon Foundation and The Writing Retreat, and a wide variety of small independents such as writing groups, after school clubs and home-educating families. I’m happy to work with groups of all ages and stages of experience.

I can offer workshops on fiction, non-fiction, memoir and poetry, from sparking ideas to redrafting. I also teach writing workshops that draw on creative dreaming and image-work.

Email me without obligation if you would like to discuss your own event author@jennyalexander.co.uk

Working with home-educated children

Tackling the craggy mountain in my Plotting and Pacing workshop at The Writing Retreat in 2016

Workplace training

Does your team have to write newsletters, articles, social media posts, adverts and leaflets? email me author@jennyalexander.co.uk if you would like to discuss a non-fiction training day designed to help build their skills and boost their writing confidence.   

The feedback from the team was really positive. It was a good opportunity for us to learn some new skills and reflectively look at how we write and our different writing styles ~ Laura Dowton, Tenant Involvement and Social Inclusion Manager, Ocean Housing

What people say…

WritingRetreat@Escape2Cornwall tweet: From a retreat guest: @jennyalexander4 was fantastic. Such a lovely warm presence and so informative. She really got me working and thinking

Jenny’s workshops taught me to stop panicking about my creativity and to start listening properly to my own inner thoughts. I’ve used her workshop ideas again and again to help me cope with creative problems ~Moira Butterfield http://www.moirabutterfield.com/

Jen’s techniques – and her generous sharing of them – have been responsible for many of my own personal breakthroughs as a writer ~ Liz Kessler http://www.lizkessler.co.uk

During Jenny’s collage workshop, which she led with a soulful gentleness, I had a sense that disparate parts of my mind spoke their sorrows and dreams, and discovered they all wanted the same things. Several years on, I am still nourished by the clarity and the freedom that emerged from the sweetness and excitement of that afternoon ~ Moira Munro http://www.moiramunro.com

In one short session, Jenny showed me the possibilities for taking my writing somewhere else, and now I am working on new ideas that expand what I learnt with her ~ Alison Boyle   http://www.artificialsilk.org/

I often use Jenny’s collage activity to explore the subconscious world of my stories. A great resource, and an inspiring writing teacher ~ Lee Weatherly www.usborne.com/angel

What I say…

You can listen to me talking about my approach to teaching workshops in this interview I gave recently for a new online course on Running Writing Groups, hosted by the Professional Writing Academy and written and taught by experienced writers and group facilitators Victoria Field and Anne Taylor.