do you want a creativity boost?

Do you want help with writing stories, personal histories, articles or poems?

Do you want to learn about different types of writing styles for work or leisure?

Mai Black – Creative Writing Tutor

Either in a group or working with me individually, you can increase your creativity, hit your writing targets and become part of the wider writing community.

Email me for further details about my services and to ask any questions.

Online Workshops – £5 per one hour session

A workshop in progress. Work can be posted in the side column to make discussion easier.

Upcoming Courses

Creative Confidence Building

Reading and Writing Short Stories

Exploring Twentieth Century Poetry

Working One to One – £25 per thirty minute session (inc. email edit)

About Me

I love helping people to improve the quality of their writing as well as making the whole experience of being a writer more enjoyable, sociable and creative.

I have a degree in English Literature from Kent University, am a trained teacher and have been running writing groups for the past ten years. I’ve won competitions for short stories, travel writing and poetry with my work appearing in Best Magazine, Let’s Talk, Suffolk Magazine, The Telegraph and The Fens. (Examples of my work can be found at the bottom of ‘group achievements’ lower down the page).

I have also been a guest on Radio Suffolk’s Creative Corner, helped judge the 500 Words Short Story Competition for Children and regularly produce educational resources for CGP Publications.

Once the lockdown has been lifted, I will also be running groups from my home in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Here’s some of the feedback I’ve recieved:-

Barry Eley

I wholeheartedly endorse Mai as a tutor. She has taken my writing from a series of official-sounding reports to a fully-furnished novel, rich with descriptions and interesting characters. All done with gentle prodding and always a smile.

Jacqui Martin

Mai is so welcoming and, as new writer venturing into the unknown, everyone is reassuring, encouraging and also really constructive.

Megan Musgrove

I joined the Writer’s Group as way to improve my writing skills. I stayed because the encouragement is fantastic, it has inspired a lot of new ideas and the people are just lovely.

Graham Cleaver

The combination of a friendly group of like-minded people and expert, supportive tuition is just what I needed.

Individual Achievements of Group Members

  • Cat Franklin has gained a literary agent and secured a three book deal with a major publishing house.
  • Kelly was a joint runner up in the Felixstowe Short Story Competition one year and on another occasion had a story shortlisted. She also won our concept competition and received very encouraging feedback from literary agent Meg Davis.
  • Aaron won our synopsis competition to receive feedback on his work from literary Meg Davis
  • Elliot had his story published in Fiction Vortex Magazine
  • Graham has written a variety of interviews and record and theatre reviews. He says there’s a lot more to come so watch this space.
  • Megan Musgrove has had a number of novels published. Click here to take a look.
  • William won a competition to be one of Suffolk’s Young Poets of the year and read his work alongside Allan Ahlberg
  • Kes has had an article published on the Ipswich Town Talk website entitled ‘Town’s Last Premiership XI – Where Are They Now?’

Here are two examples of my own work:

Short Story in the Fens Magazine.

Travel piece in The Telegraph.

Examples of Recent Activities

Sometimes we have a competition to see who can write the most words in a week. Here’s a recent winner with his well-earned prize.

tony winner

Sometimes we try out the famous ‘cut up technique‘ as used by David Bowie and TS Eliot-


The first is a good way to chat to other creative people, ask questions and share information. (You don’t need to live in Suffolk to join)

Suffolk Writers Group Facebook Site 

Writing Competitions

6 thoughts on “do you want a creativity boost?”

  1. Hello Mai,

    My name is Rhys Moffat- I am a 26 year old history teacher who has recently moved to the area.I would like to use my summer to get into writing and in the long term attempt to write a novel. I was wondering whether the Suffolk writers group would be a good opportunity to meet like minded people. I am a complete novice though, so may well be out of my depth early on.

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind Regards,


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