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.

Wolves and Apples

Sat 29 September 2018, 09:30 – 17:00, Leicester

I’m delighted to be running a workshop as part of this brilliant day for aspiring children’s writers to get practical advice and guidance (via panels, talks and workshops) from established professionals, including authors, agents and publishers.

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Full details and bookings here.

Free-range writing

Sunday 30th September, 2.00 – 4.30, Pauline Baring room, Parmoor House, Cheltenham.

Can’t get started? Can’t keep going? Feeling uninspired?

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.

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

Free-range writing workshop, Cheltenham

£15.00

Heroes of Hayle: WW1 stories from home and the Western Front

Saturdays September 8th and 22nd, and October 6th, 10.30-4.00, Hayle

These three poetry workshop days have been commissioned by Bridging Arts as part of a project to mark the centenary of the First World War in Cornwall.

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Writing poems about the past is a wonderful way of making emotional connections with our elders and ancestors and feeling more grounded in the places and communities we live in. Here in Cornwall, the small town of Hayle made a surprisingly important contribution to the war effort, and each writing day will explore one area of that experience:

Sept 8th Phillack Church: The war graves at Phillack. The theme for this workshop is death, loss and grief, for individuals, communities and the place itself.

Sept 22nd Phillack Church Hall: The National Explosives Factory at Towans. We’ll imagine the lives of the men and women who worked in the explosives factory, and others who kept the home fires burning in Hayle.

Oct 6th Phillack Church Hall: The 251st Tunneling Company. The theme here is struggle, survival and success – the vast majority of this company, formed in Hayle, that waged war deep beneath the trenches, came home.

Each workshop will include preparing, writing and redrafting poems that may be read in remembrance celebrations, with permission.They are suitable for all levels of writing experience. No knowledge of local history is required.

The workshops are FREE but numbers are limited so booking is essential. Contact info@bridging-arts.com if you would like to book onto one, two or all three.

Free-range writing for Libraries Week

Wednesday 10th October, 10-12.00, Launceston Library.

The theme for Libraries Week this year is wellbeing. All kinds of writing make you feel happy because writing is a ‘flow’ activity – you gradually become unaware of your surroundings and lose track of time. According to Positive Psychologists, ‘flow’ is a key to happiness.

When you write purely to please yourself, that’s also a great boost for your creativity because it frees you from the feeling that everything you write has to be good and you’re more willing to experiment with new ideas.

Free-range writing – personal writing across different genres – is the ultimate creativity booster, helping you explore every area of your writer self: your memories in autobiography, your imagination in fiction, your knowledge in non-fiction and, in poetry, the dream-space of your heart.

Come and have a go in this free-range writing workshop. It’s suitable for all levels of experience, from complete beginners to published authors.

This workshop is FREE but booking is essential. Email me author@jennyalexander.co.uk  to bag your place.

Free-range writing

Friday 19th October, 4.00 – 6.00, Pulteney Room, Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath.

Can’t get started? Can’t keep going? Feeling uninspired?

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.

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

Free-range writing workshop, Bath

£15.00

Writing Magazine Writers’ Day in Bath

Saturday, 20th October

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After the success of the first writers’ day in Peterborough a few months ago, Writing Magazine have organised two more. I’m doing the morning workshop on getting your creative juices flowing and Elizabeth Enfield will be doing sessions on plotting and bringing your characters to life.

It’ll be a big group so a great opportunity to network with fellow writers. Booking essential – here’s the link.

Evening courses

Writing the tarot

Six Wednesday evenings, October 17th- November 21st 2018, 7.30-9.30, Upton Cross, 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.

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: £70

This course is now FULLY BOOKED, but please contact me if you would like to be notified should a place become available

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

Writing the tarot course

£70.00

Weekend workshops

Writing your life

November 23- 25, St Endellion, Cornwall

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

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

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The weekend is organised by Endelienta which provides music, literature and arts events in stunning surroundings near the North Cornish coast. Full details and bookings here.

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

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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…

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.

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