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.

Evening courses

Writing the family: A string of short stories

Six Wednesday evenings, 18th Sept – 23rd Oct 2019, 7.30-9.30. Upton Cross, East Cornwall.

Family relationships are complicated and fascinating. In this series of workshops, we’ll each create a fictional family and write a series of linked short stories giving glimpses and insights into their family life.

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

Writing the family: A ring of short stories

Six evening workshops, full course


One-day workshops

Down to the sea to play: Writing for children

Saturday 14th September 2019, 10.30-4.00, Upton Cross, East Cornwall.

Every kind of creative work starts with play, and writing children’s stories is a wonderful way of reconnecting with your playful child mind.

This workshop, based on a seaside theme, is an opportunity for writers to boost their creativity through entertaining and inspiring the child within.

You don’t need to come with a specific interest in children’s writing – but you might well go away with one!

The creative mind plays with the objects it loves ~ CG Jung

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

Down to the sea to play: Writing for children

One day workshop, including lunch


Poetry workshop: Small celebrations

Saturday 9th November 2019, 10.30-4.00, Upton Cross, East Cornwall.

Every kind of writing is a celebration of life, with all its ups and downs. That’s what makes writing so pleasurable.

Poems are physically small pieces of writing but they create wide ripples of meaning, like pebbles thrown into a pond.

Come along and create your own small celebrations in this poetry workshop day.

Sit. Feast on your life ~ Derek Walcott

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

Small celebrations: Poetry workshop

One day workshop, including lunch


Weekend courses

Writing in the house of dreams

October 25-27, 2019. St Endellion, North Cornwall.

Writers have to learn to come and go freely across the border between the focused,  intentional mind and the open, receptive dreaming mind of the ‘writer’s trance’. A lot of writers struggle with this, and can go through painful periods of feeling blocked or cut off from their creative source.

In this unique residential writing workshop, we’ll explore the mental attitudes and practical techniques creative dreamers use to develop competence and confidence in their nighttime dreams, and discover how these can work just as well for writers in their ‘dreaming awake.’

The weekend will begin with an introductory session including preparation for dream recalling on the Friday evening, and the morning workshops will open with brief dream sharing and discussion, leading into the writing sessions.

The workshop is suitable for everyone from complete beginners to published authors, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about their dreams. No previous experience of either writing or dream recalling is necessary.

This event is organised by Endelienta. Early booking is advised, as there are only four bedrooms in the farmhouse and eight in the stone barn. Here’s the link

Part of my function as a writer is to dream awake. And that usually happens. If I sit down to wri

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.