Writing workshops

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GIFT VOUCHERS are available – email me for details author@jennyalexander.co.uk

Zoom workshops

I have moved all my workshops onto zoom for the time being, limiting them to small groups of up to eight, as the aim is to replicate, as far as possible, the real-life experience of gathering around the table with other writers. All participants will need to have video enabled. 

Please note: I’m based in the UK and timings for these courses are British Summer Time.

Writing the hero’s journey

Six Wednesday evenings, 11th Nov-16th Dec 2020, 7.30-9.30

The hero’s journey is a template for human experience, describing our progress from innocence to experience in all the different areas of our lives, and as such it can be a really useful plotting tool for fiction.

In this course we will be using the hero’s journey to plot a story and, between the workshops, I will provide you with writing tasks to help you explore and develop the hero journey of your own writing life.

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

Writing the hero’s journey

Course of six evening workshops in zoom

£70.00

Free-Range Writing 

Three workshops over one weekend: Sat 21st Nov, 10.30-12.30 and 4.00-6.00; Sun 22nd Nov, 4.00-6.00.

Free-range writing across different genres is a great way to energise your creativity, find fresh inspiration and discover writing skills and opportunities you might not have thought of before. All you need is a pen, a notepad and a sense of adventure.

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

Free-range writing

Three zoom workshops over one weekend

£30.00

Private bookings

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 author@jennyalexander.co.uk

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Creativity day for the Society of Authors in Manchester
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Workshop for Writing Magazine in Peterborough

What people say…

This course taught me how to bring my journal to life – to use it as a working document, to record, to cut and paste, to colour, to cut out, to draft and redraft.  But most importantly to be bold when facing the blank page. I’ve learned to embrace my weaknesses (as perceived by me) and turn them into joy, to be free just to let stuff flow ~ Carol Cook

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.

And a little bit of video

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