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.

Charles Causley Literary Festival, Launceston

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Small Celebrations: Poetry workshop and open mic

Wednesday 5th June 2019. Workshop 6.00-7.30, open mic 7.45-9.00

Every kind of writing is a celebration of life, with all its ups and downs. That’s what makes writing so pleasurable. Come along and create your own small celebrations in this poetry workshop, which is suitable for all levels of writing experience. Numbers are limited so booking is essential. 6.00-7.30

There will be an open mic session afterwards – everyone welcome, no need to have attended the workshop. Bring any poem, song or short piece of prose you’d like to share – you don’t have to have written it yourself. (Up to 4 minutes reading time per piece, to keep things moving!) 7.45-9.00

Full details in the Charles Causley Litfest programme here

Creative collage-making for writers

Sunday 9th June 2019, 11.00-1.00

Collage making is a brilliant technique for gaining information and insights into what you want to write or keeping things flowing with your work in progress. This workshop covers why it works, how it works, how to do it and how to use it.

I often use Jenny’s collage activity to explore the subconscious world of my stories. A great resource, and an inspiring writing teacher ~ L A Weatherly, bestselling author

Suitable for all levels of writing experience, from complete beginners to published authors.

Full details in the Charles Causley Litfest programme. Workshop places are limited – you can grab yours here

Evening courses

These will start again in September. Details soon!

One-day workshops

Writing into Radiance

Saturday 15th of June 2019, 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.

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

Writing into Radiance

One-day workshop including lunch.


Weekend courses

I’ll be doing another weekend residential with Endelienta in North Cornwall towards the end of the year – details tbc.

Private bookings

I’ve worked for nationwide membership organisations including The Society of Authors, Lapidus, Writing Magazine 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 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.