Writing Workshops

Creative Writing Online
I am a multiple poetry slam champion (including Glastonbury Festival slam) and have also won prizes for my page poetry, including Leominster Poetry Prize, Writing Magazine and Arvon. I have performed my poetry at two TEDx Talks, and numerous events and festivals including Ways With Words and Tagore, Dartington, Port Elliot Literary Festival, and the National Poetry Slam finals at the Albert Hall (2018).


I run writing workshops suitable for novice and experienced writers working in most genres (poetry, prose, songwriting, script-writing, etc).

The focus is on inspiring you to write your own work during the workshop as well as giving you lots of sparks for further work in your own time.

There is also time to share your writing with the group, and get feedback if desired.

I also work one-to-one, so we can tailor the session exactly to your needs; eg editing, critiquing, brainstorming, directing.

I also offer writing for performance, stage craft, mic technique, overcoming performance anxiety and fear.

Some testimonials from previous participants:

“These workshops are an ideal space to develop and nurture writing skills. Jackie demonstrates that everyone can write and coaxes the creativity from every participant. The shared results are inspiring and serve to positively affirm each person’s abilities. Jackie’s sensitivity and generosity of spirit make the day a delight.”
Anne, Devon

“The Granite Lines Workshop in January was a first for me. feeling slightly nervous as a novice, and lacking in confidence I attended the venue in Yarner Woods. How much I enjoyed myself! Jackie was a wonderful teacher, She guided the group with a relaxed yet knowledgeable ease, enabling some very experienced writers and others like me, to express ourselves with great confidence and joy. I loved it!”
Andrea, Devon

“Thanks for the workshop I really enjoyed the experience. I loved meeting the other people on the course and found it so interesting how everyone put their own personal spin on their writing. Thanks again Jackie. I love the way you inspire and share your creativity.”
Deb, Devon

“Thank you, I was surprised that in such a short time I was able to write an actual poem with your guidance and the inspiration of a beautiful place.
It was wonderful to hear all the others too.”
Sue, Devon

“The workshop was excellent, well-organised and wonderfully presented. The content of the workshop was thought-provoking, evocative, inspirational and fun! Thank-you Jackie. You create a wonderful space to enable creativity.”
Savannah, Devon

… and from performance classes:

Most encouraging woman ever!

Gave me courage to speak in public.

I felt the edge and with Jackie’s encouragement and tips along with the supportive audience I walked the edge! Thank-you.

Thank-you for the safe chance to practice.

I learned that the mic is not scary.
I learned to breathe deep and low to help with nerves.
I realised that the audience has empathy with the performer, that the audience wants you to succeed.
I gained courage.

It was great fun, thank-you.
I found it scary but informative and it helped me gently face my fears.
Although nerve-wracking, Jackie made it such fun and I feel so pleased to have overcome my stage-fright!