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.

Free-range writing

Saturday 7th July, 1.30 – 3.00, Penzance Literary Festival.

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

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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.

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The Morrab Library – great venue for a writing workshop!

ADVANCE TICKET SALES ONLINE AND BY PHONE Cornish Riviera Box Office crbo.co.uk 01726 879500
IN PERSON Welcome to West Cornwall Centre, next to Penzance Railway Station, St Ives Tourist information Centre, The Acorn Box Office, Parade Street, Penzance.
TICKETS DURING THE LITFEST As well as the above, during the Litfest the Acorn Theatre Box Office will be open daily from 11am.

Writing the bright spirit of Summer 

Saturday 4th August 2018, 10.30-4.00, Upton Cross, East Cornwall

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

£35, 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.

Workshop: Writing the bright spirit of Summer


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.


Full details and bookings here.

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 can help us make emotional connections with our elders and ancestors, and feel more grounded in the places and communities we live in.

We’ll be focusing on the wartime experience of people in West Cornwall, particularly the explosives factory at Gwithian, the Commonwealth war graves at Phillack and the Pioneers’ Tunnelling Brigade at Hayle.

The workshops have Lottery funding and are free to attend but numbers are limited so booking is essential. They are suitable for all levels of writing experience. You can book onto one, two or all three.

Contact info@bridging-arts.com to book your place on whichever workshop days you would like to attend.

Evening courses

Writing the tarot

Six Wednesday evenings, October 10th- November 14th 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

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


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 – lovely at every time of year

My weekend workshops so far in 2018 have been ‘Finding your voice’ and ‘Writing longer fiction: Plotting and pacing.’ I’ve got a memoir writing weekend at St Endellion in November (23-25) – further details tbc – and I’ll be planning at least one more weekend here in Cornwall in the Autumn.

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 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.