Do you want a creativity boost?

Creative Writing Course Starting in July

Writing for Competitions – 5 week course (Click here for details)

Upcoming Poetry and Novel Courses

Reading and Writing 21st Century Poetry (Click here for details)

How to Write an Engaging First Chapter (Click here for details)

If you are interested in taking part in one of these courses, email me at

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 sociable and enjoyable. Writing can be a lonely business and I think everyone benefits from belonging to a supportive creative community.

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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. Besides running courses with Suffolk Writers Group, I also work as a Creative Mentor for Inside Out Community.

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Last year’s story planners (Summer 2020)

Free Monthly Writers Cafe (on Zoom)

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Writing Cafe – New Writers Welcome.

On the first Friday of each month, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, I hold a free Writing Cafe. This is open to everybody – whether you or not you are a course participant.

During the session, you will have the opportunity to share your work with others. You can choose anything up to 400 words, eg. a poem, short story or novel extract.

If you’d like to come along, email me to receive our monthly newsletter.

Here’s some feedback I’ve received from group members

Jacqui Martin

Mai is so welcoming and, as 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 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.

When it is safe do do so, I will also be running regular sessions from my home in Ipswich.

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 a number of 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 two examples of my own work:

Short Story in the Fens Magazine.

The Fens June 2020 by The Fens magazine - issuu

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-


Suffolk Writers Group Facebook Sit

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,


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

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