Writing workshops

I run evening courses as well as one-day and two-day 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.

One-day workshops

New Shoots: Writing the Sweet Soul of Spring

Saturday 8th April 2017, 10-30-4.00. Upton Cross, Cornwall

Spring brings the promise and vulnerability of new life. New shoots, baby animals, young children, fresh ideas… the sweet soul of Spring inspires us with optimism and joy, and calls up our strong desire for the new in our lives.

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This is the second of four themed one-day workshops for 2017, drawing creative inspiration for writing from the seasons.

£35 including light lunch

This workshop is now FULL. Please email me if you’d like to go on the waiting list in case of cancellations.

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

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Full Bloom: Writing the Bright Spirit of Summer

Sunday 6th August 2017, 10.30-4.00, Upton Cross, East Cornwall

Warmth, colour, holidays! Come and enjoy a lovely Sunday of bright writing, inspired by the bright spirit of summer.

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This is the third of four themed one-day workshops for 2017, drawing creative inspiration for writing from the seasons.

£35 including light lunch 

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

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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.

Writing Your Life

Saturday May 13th and Sunday May 14th, 10.30-4.00, Upton Cross, Cornwall

Everybody’s life is amazing, and writing about your own life makes you even more conscious of just how amazing it is.

In this course, we’ll be exploring the kind of awareness, skills and techniques you need in order to uncover and tell your story in fresh, exciting and engaging ways.

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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. 

£70 full course, including light lunch and refreshments on both days

Only one place still available.

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

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Evening courses

Writing the Tarot

Six Wednesday evenings, May 3rd –June 7th 2017, 7.30-9.30, East Cornwall

Most people think of the tarot as just a tool for divination, but this ancient symbols system is much more than that; it’s a complete pictorial exploration of what it is to be human.

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Stories are about people – their hopes and dreams, their problems and challenges, their relationships with themselves, other people and their environments. In these workshops, we’ll be using the tarot cards as a starting point for developing characters and discovering their stories.

No previous experience of either the tarot or creative writing is needed.

Full course: £65

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

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Private bookings

I’ve worked for large organisations including The Arvon Foundation and The Society of Authors; nationwide membership groups such as Lapidus and The Scattered Authors; residential providers, The Writing Retreat; small independent 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

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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…

The ‘121s’ have been worth their weight in gold, as has been listening to Jenny’s (Jenny Alexander) writing career, the realities of it ~ Writing Retreat testimonial

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

What an amazing day and what truly unbelievable creative energy right from the start ~ Mark Cornfield

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

I very much enjoyed our day on writing for children. I shall certainly review my methods! I do appreciate your ‘non threatening’ approach, which is accepting of us at all our different levels of experience ~ Tessa Hillman Yoga stories 

I took part in one of Jen’s dream workshops at a writing retreat. At first I was a little sceptical, but I was happy to give it a go. The exercise proved relaxing and enjoyable, and I thought that was the end of it. Then, ten minutes after it had finished, an answer to my plot problem seemed to come out of nowhere. Wow! The subconscious is amazing. Thanks, Jen! ~ Paeony Lewis http://paeonylewis.com

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

I’m a great fan of Jenny’s ‘busting through blocks’ collage workshops and have found them invaluable in unlocking the imagination and releasing creativity ~ Celia Rees http://www.celiarees.com

The story called ‘Mow Top’ in my ebook collection, ‘Overheard in a Graveyard’ sprang fully formed from one of Jenny’s ‘tear up magazines and make collages’ exercises. I made the collage, couldn’t think of anything to say about it, left it while I went to lunch. When I came back, the instant I saw it, the complete story leapt into my head ~ Susan Price http://www.susanpriceauthor.com/

I found the way she described the opportunities for writing in that space between waking and sleeping both creative and unpretentious. It didn’t make my ‘Is it new age nonsense?’ warning beep in any way, which was a surprise. I am most grateful because in one short session she 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