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.

GIFT VOUCHERS are available. If you would like to give a workshop to a relative or friend but can’t decide which one, simply email me for details author@jennyalexander.co.uk

Zoom workshops

These are small groups of up to 8 participants, suitable for all levels of writing experience. Please note: I’m based in the UK and timings for these courses are British Summer Time.

Writing the tarot

Six Wednesday evenings, 7.30-9.30, 5th August to 9th September

Most people think of the tarot as just a tool for divination, but this fascinating symbol system is much more than that; it’s a complete pictorial exploration of what it is to be human.

In these workshops, we’ll be using tarot cards as a starting point for developing characters and discovering their stories.

No previous experience of either tarot or creative writing is needed, but all participants will need a set of tarot cards that includes both words and pictures on every card (some packs don’t have words on the major arcana cards, and some don’t have pictures on the minors, but only show the suit+number)

This workshop is now FULL. Please email me if you would like to go on a waiting list in case of cancellations

Writing the tarot course

6 Wednesday evening workshops in Zoom


Full Bloom: Writing the Bright Spirit of Summer

Three workshops over one weekend. Saturday 22nd August, 10.30-12.30 and 4-6.00. Sunday 23rd, 4.00-6.00

Summer is the bloom time in nature, in every human endeavour and in every life. Over this weekend of workshops we’ll be exploring the bright spirit of the season through poetry and story-making.

This workshop is now FULL. Please email me if you would like to go on a waiting list in case of cancellations

Workshop: Writing the bright spirit of Summer

Three writing workshops over one weekend in Zoom


Poetry: Small celebrations

Three workshops over one weekend. Saturday 12th September, 10.30-12.30 and 4-6.00. Sunday 13th, 4.00-6.00

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 these three poetry workshops.

Sit. Feast on your life ~ Derek Walcott

This workshop is now FULL. Please email me if you would like to go on a waiting list in case of cancellations

Small celebrations: Poetry workshop

Three zoom workshops over one weekend


Private bookings

I’ve worked for nationwide organisations including The Society of Authors, Lapidus, Writing Magazine and The Scattered Authors; residential providers including The Arvon Foundation, Endelienta 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

What people say…

Everything seems to be flowing so much more easily… I feel reconnected, supported by a dream life I’d given no real attention to previously, and just aware of an opening of creative possibilities ~ Jackie Taylor

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.

And a little bit of video