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.
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Writing the great themes: death and love
Six Wednesday evenings, 12th February-18th March, 7.30-9.30, Upton Cross, Cornwall
Every story is a story about death. But perhaps, if we are lucky, our story about death is also a story about love ~ Helen Humphries.
Stories always involve loss and gain, death and rebirth, and they are always powered by love. In these six sessions we’ll be looking at death and love both as fundamental elements of fiction and as subject matter for specific stories.
Great themes: death and love
Creative writing course
Kickstart your creativity
Saturday 1st February 2020, 2.00-4.30, Kirkwall Library, Orkney
Do you want to write, but can’t get started? Are you working on something but struggling to keep going? Have you finished one project and don’t know what to write next?
This workshop is designed to help you free things up, explore new ideas, give your inner critic the slip and reconnect with the deep joy of being creative. It’s suitable for all levels of writing experience, from complete beginners to published authors.
Kickstart your creativity
Writing workshop in Orkney
Check out my events page for details of the author talk I’ll be giving at Kirkwall Library on January 27th
Saturday 22nd February 2020, 10.30-4.00, Upton Cross, East Cornwall
In dreams, a house can be a symbol for the dreamer’s body; in fiction, as in life, a person’s home expresses something of their personality, and how they feel about their home right now may reflect the way they feel about their life.
Home is a fascinating topic to explore in writing, as a key to understanding characters and relationships and a way into themes of alienation and belonging.
One-day workshop including lunch
Writing the pilgrim’s path
Saturday 21st March 2020, 10.30-4.00, Upton Cross, East Cornwall
A pilgrimage is a meaningful journey. Often, people go on a pilgrimage when they are at a major crossroads in their life, or searching for spiritual experience, healing and forgiveness, but sometimes they are simply marking a significant birthday, retirement, recovery from illness or other occasion for giving thanks.
The pilgrim’s path is both an inner journey and an opportunity to meet new people and see new places – which makes it an ideal topic for a writing workshop.
Writing the pilgrim’s path
One-day writing workshop, including lunch
I’ve worked for nationwide organisations including The Society of Authors, Lapidus, Writing Magazine and The Scattered Authors; residential providers including The Arvon Foundation, Endelienta 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Does your team have to write newsletters, articles, social media posts, adverts and leaflets? email me email@example.com 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…
Everything seems to be flowing so much more easily… I feel reconnected, supported by a dream life I’d given no real attention to previously, and just aware of an opening of creative possibilities ~ Jackie Taylor
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 Butterfieldhttp://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.