Do you want a creativity boost?

Do you want to work alongside other creative people?

Do you want to try new things and develop your writing skills?

Would you like a bit of friendly encouragement to help achieve your goals?

If so, you might like to come along to one of our Suffolk Writers Group meet-ups, work with me one-to-one or sign up for one of the creative writing courses on Zoom. Most people live in Suffolk (England) but you don’t need to.

Click here to email me:

About Me

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Mai Black – Writing Tutor and Course Co-ordinator

I have a degree in English Literature from Kent University, am a trained teacher and have been running writing groups in Suffolk 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 the page including details about my new poetry collection – Thirty Angry Ghosts.

Besides from writing and co-ordinating activities with Suffolk Writers Group, I also work as a Creative Mentor and workshop leader for the Inside Out Community.

Creative Writing Courses on Zoom (Autumn 2021)

New Creative Writing Courses on Zoom (January 2022)

One to One Support (On Zoom or in-person)

I am also available to work with you one to one. This is a good option for people who want to work on a specific project or for those who would like to gain confidence before trying one of the groups. Contact me to discuss availability and pricing options. I typically charge £30 per hour but discounts are available for people on low incomes and for block bookings.

Group Sessions (Face-to-Face)

A Suffolk Writers Group session in progress

Weekly face-to-face group sessions take place in Ipswich on Wednesday evenings 7.30-9.30pm. We are currently full, but please contact me if you’d like to go on the waiting list.

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Last year’s story planners (Summer 2020)

Comments I’ve received from group members

Jacqui Martin

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

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.

Megan Musgrove

I joined the Writer’s Group as a 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.

Achievements of Group Members

  • Cat Weldon has gained a literary agent and secured a three book deal with Pan MacMillan
Click Cover to see book on Amazon
  • 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.
Clockwork Hearts (Rum Ol' Detectives Book 1)
Click the book to cover to see Timothy’s work on Amazon
  • Lesley won two hundred euros and had her travel piece published in The Telegraph.
Telegraph Travel Just Back competition: terms and conditions
  • Aaron won our synopsis competition to receive feedback on his work from literary Meg Davis
Meg Davis, Literary Agent | What you need to know – Jericho Writers

  • Megan Musgrove has had several novels published. Click here to take a look.
Resolution Kindle Edition
Click the book cover to visit Megan’s books on Amazon
  • William won a competition to be one of Suffolk’s Young Poets of the year and read his work alongside Allan Ahlberg
Suffolk Young Poets Competition rules
Click the picture for details of the competition

Cathy Grant had her poem ‘In the Care Home’ featured on Radio Suffolk.

BBC - About Radio Suffolk

Here are some examples of my own work:

I recently published my first poetry collection which is available on Amazon. It features poems written in the voices of various historical figures including Henry VIII, Boudicca and Tutankhamen.

Click here to view the book from Amazon.

Click here for details of the book plus suggested educational activities.

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Short Story in the Fens Magazine.

The Fens June 2020 by The Fens magazine - issuu

Travel piece in The Telegraph.

Examples of Group 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-


If you want to be kept up to date with all the new Suffolk Writers’ courses, and other opportunities, email me and ask to go on the mailing list.

For daily writing challenges and to become part of the wider writing community, you might like to join ‘Suffolk Writers Group’ Facebook site.

It’s a really lovely group and it would be great to ‘see’ you there.

8 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,


  2. Thanks Nick. Yes, it was a really fun course. I’m running another in October. Message me for details.

  3. Hi, I am looking for books written by local authors for our new Farm Shop being built at Hintlesham, our ethos is support local talent, can you help? many thanks, Diana Bryce

  4. Hi Diana

    I’ve only just received your message. Sorry for the delay. Yes, I know lots of local authors who would love you to stock their books (including me), Could you email me at so we can arrange how to go about this?

    Best wishes,

    Mai Black

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