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For workshops in zoom, my aim is to replicate as far as possible the real-life experience of gathering around the table with other writers. Therefore, I limit group numbers to eight and require all participants to have video enabled.
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Owl Wings Beating: Writing the wise old woman and man
Saturday June 11th 10.30-12.30 and 4.00-6.00 and Sunday June 12th, 4.00-6.00, in zoom
The wise old woman or man commonly appear as mentor figures in fiction and may occasionally take centre stage as the protagonist, in stories such as The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. In the first two workshops we’ll be finding stories around older characters who, in fiction as in life, can easily be overlooked.
The archetype of the wise old man and woman is part of the human psyche, and the third workshop will explore how we relate to it personally, through memoir and poetry.
Suitable for all stages in life and writing.
Owl Wings Beating
Weekend of writing workshops
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.
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What people say…
This course taught me how to bring my journal to life – to use it as a working document, to record, to cut and paste, to colour, to cut out, to draft and redraft. But most importantly to be bold when facing the blank page. I’ve learned to embrace my weaknesses (as perceived by me) and turn them into joy, to be free just to let stuff flow ~ Carol Cook
I’ve made it to the chapter book prize long list. It was the journaling course that really got me going with the ideas for this one – I shall never stop journaling now! ~ Cheryl Nosworthy
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