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.

Poetry workshop

Remembering Cornish Experience in World War One

Saturday 24th June 2017, 2.00-4.00, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

Come and explore your personal responses to the stories of sacrifice, love and loss presented in the wonderful ‘Heart of Conflict’ exhibition, through crafting and sharing poems. Suitable for everyone, including complete beginners.

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This workshop is FREE, but numbers are limited, so you will need to book your place via the Royal Cornwall Museum website.

One-day workshops 

Full Bloom: Writing the Bright Spirit of Summer

Sunday 6th August 2017, 10.30-4.00, Upton Cross, East Cornwall

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

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This is the third of four themed one-day workshops for 2017, drawing creative inspiration for writing from the seasons.

£35 including light lunch 

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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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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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?

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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!

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.

Information about the next weekend course will be posted soon. Please sign up for my newsletter if you would like details and dates as soon as they are confirmed.

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 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

What an amazing day and what truly unbelievable creative energy right from the start ~ Mark Cornfield

The ‘121s’ have been worth their weight in gold, as has been listening to Jenny’s (Jenny Alexander) writing career, the realities of it ~ Writing Retreat testimonial

I very much enjoyed our day on writing for children. I shall certainly review my methods! I do appreciate your ‘non threatening’ approach, which is accepting of us at all our different levels of experience ~ Tessa Hillman Yoga stories 

I took part in one of Jen’s dream workshops at a writing retreat. At first I was a little sceptical, but I was happy to give it a go. The exercise proved relaxing and enjoyable, and I thought that was the end of it. Then, ten minutes after it had finished, an answer to my plot problem seemed to come out of nowhere. Wow! The subconscious is amazing. Thanks, Jen! ~ Paeony Lewis http://paeonylewis.com

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

I’m a great fan of Jenny’s ‘busting through blocks’ collage workshops and have found them invaluable in unlocking the imagination and releasing creativity ~ Celia Rees http://www.celiarees.com

The story called ‘Mow Top’ in my ebook collection, ‘Overheard in a Graveyard’ sprang fully formed from one of Jenny’s ‘tear up magazines and make collages’ exercises. I made the collage, couldn’t think of anything to say about it, left it while I went to lunch. When I came back, the instant I saw it, the complete story leapt into my head ~ Susan Price http://www.susanpriceauthor.com/

I found the way she described the opportunities for writing in that space between waking and sleeping both creative and unpretentious. It didn’t make my ‘Is it new age nonsense?’ warning beep in any way, which was a surprise. I am most grateful because in one short session she 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