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.

One-day workshops 

Reflective day: Writing into radiance

Saturday 16th September 2017, 10.30-4.00, St Endelion, 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?’ Learning the art of surrendering to mystery is a spiritual practice.

This ‘quiet day’ will include two short writing workshops, in which we will set some plans, followed by periods of silent contemplation, when you may or may not choose to continue with your writing. It is suitable for all levels of writing experience, including complete beginners, and for members of every faith and none.

For full details and booking visit the Endelienta website

Harvest Time – Writing the Mellow Fruitfulness of Autumn

Saturday 21st October 2017, 10.30- 4.00, East Cornwall

‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…’

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Come for a delightful day of autumnal writing, drawing inspiration from this most poignant of seasons, balanced between the warm, heady days of Summer and Winter’s long, cold night.

£35.00 including light lunch and refreshments

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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Adventures in Poetry

Saturday 25th November 2017, 10.30-4.00, East Cornwall

I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering. Robert Frost.

Writing poetry is a pleasure in itself and even if it isn’t your main writing passion it can enrich your experience of writing prose. A lot of people feel inhibited about trying because they feel they don’t know enough about the rules and techniques, but that just makes it even more of a creative adventure.

Whatever your level of writing experience and confidence, this day of reading and writing poems is bound to involve some discovering.

£35.00 including light lunch and refreshments

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 in the House of Dreams

6 Wednesday evenings, 27th Sept- 1st November 2017, 7.30-9.30, East Cornwall

As the year turns and the nights begin to grow longer, what better time could there be to go deep and discover your dreams?


Everybody’s dream world is unique, with its own story patterns, landscapes and images, and it is the source of all our creativity.

In these workshops we’ll be sharing dreams and using dream material as a resource for creative writing. No previous experience of either writing or dream recalling is necessary – just a notepad and a sense of adventure!

Only ONE space still available

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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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.

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Cornwall in February – lovely at every time of year

Finding Your Voice

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of January 2018, 10.30-4.00, East Cornwall.

Do you want to write, but can’t get started? Are you writing something but struggling to keep going? Have you finished one project and don’t know what to write next?

This weekend of workshops 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, using techniques you can take home and adapt to your own writing practice.

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.

£75 full course, including light lunch and refreshments on both days

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 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

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 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

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.