Hello - It's great to 'meet' you!

My name is Maria Stephenson - I am a Creative Writing Teacher, Novelist, Poet and mother-of-two, based in the lovely market town of Otley in Yorkshire. Over the last few years, life has taken the wonderful turn of my being able to make a living as a writer and teacher of writing.

From a young age, my dream has been to become a published poet and novelist.  I'm delighted that this ambition has finally become a reality. So it is now my aim to help others also achieve this dream in less time than it took me and I have written a free booklet for you: 'The 7 S.E.C.R.E.T.S. to Achieving your Writing Dreams,' which you can get by filling in the contact form.

I am aware that workshops, courses and retreats are not within everyone's reach, for reasons of time, budget or geography, therefore as part of the writing community, I regularly blog on aspects of writing to help other writers as well as offer mini writing courses and writing advice to those on my 'keep in touch' list.

You can also take advantage of a free 15 minute telephone consultation with me to discuss your writing aspirations or an aspect of your current writing.  Click here to book this.

Click the classroom and online courses links here to learn more about what I can support you with.  As well as being a published writer, I am a time-served, qualified teacher with an English degree and a Masters degree in Creative Writing.

My poetry collection, Poetry for the Newly Single 40 Something and my novel, Don't Call me Mum! are both available through my home page.  My crime novel, The Man Behind Closed Doors was recently shortlisted in an international competition and will be published early in 2020, as will my second crime novel, The Last Cuckoo.

If anyone was to ask me how it is possible to achieve success as a writer I would say, keep going, keep writing, keep believing in your voice. Polish your work until it shines and never give up. We can all achieve our dreams.

With best wishes,


July 2019

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