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Jane Alexander

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Other contact method: Website: janealexander.net
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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I'm the author of two novels and several award-winning short stories, with years of experience in delivering writing workshops. I've taught creative writing fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and scriptwriting with all kinds of groups, from international students to local elderly people, from prison officers to learners recovering from substance misuse. Currently, I teach creative writing with Edinburgh University and the Open University.

My creative work often explores themes of isolation and connection, the way we use stories to make sense of our experiences, and the fuzzy areas between what's real and what's not-real. I'm also interested in writing about science and technology, and in stories that emerge from a particular place. I enjoy reading and discussing my work, and am available for reading events as well as workshops and residencies.

Sessions can be tailored to fit the needs and interests of a particular group, and might include:

Often I'll facilitate a group reading of a story or poems and demonstrate how this can generate new approaches and techniques for our own work.

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Prisoners & young offenders; Vulnerable adults

Topics of work

Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Mystery & thriller; Publishing & getting published; Science; Science fiction

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+