Writing For Empowerment Retreat

Creative Writing and Life Coaching Weekend

Take a Weekend 'out' to consider your past, present and future through your writing

Places still available!  Snap yours up before they all go!

Learn the power of using writing for personal development and well-being with Maria Stephenson, (Author, Poet, Creative Writing Teacher,) and Ali Standen (Life Coach and Novelist.)

Join us over two days (non-residential) to use a variety of writing and coaching strategies.

Using a variety of writing techniques, we will help you gain greater clarity and insight of yourself and your life. 

We will help with healing and letting go, whilst creating a sense of calm. 

You will be supported to navigate through transition whilst setting inspiring goals for the future.

Writing as Therapy

To be held in Harrogate, the beautiful heart of Yorkshire

When?  Sat-Sun, 9th to 10th November 2019

Where?  Yorkshire Hotel, Prospect Place, Harrogate, HG1 1LA

Cost?  £220 (inclusive of meals, refreshments, activities and workshops)

What?  Tutored Workshops, and more, as follows:


Life Coaching  Techniques to help you heal, transform and move you towards achieving your goals and dreams.

Rainy Day Letter to Self  A letter from your happy, positive self to read back on a bad day.

Timeline Re-shaping   The process of discovering the first instance of a negative event and using active imagination to remove it and reshape your future. 

Mindfulness and Letting Go  Mindfully responding to your environment and using this space to release on something troubling you.

Where are you now?  Using a detached 3rd person viewpoint to consider your life as it currently is.

Leaving the Past Behind  Using the past tense to consign an event to where it belongs.

Goal Mapping  Creating a visual plan of where you want to be.

Diary from your Decades  Revising a photograph from each of your 'decades' to create a diarised account.

Q&A Session

Booking enquiry or more information?  drop us a line today!




Writing and Spa Retreat

Coming again in 2020

Finish your Novel and get it Published

Have you got a half-finished Novel or Autobiography?

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Immerse Yourself in Your Writing


When?  Sat-Sun, 14th-15th September 2019

Where?  Chevin Country Park Hotel, Otley, Leeds, LS21 3NU

Cost?  Early Bird Offer £295 (saving of £50 for your fully inclusive residential writing retreat) 

£100 deposit before 30 June to secure place.  Limited non-residential places available (£195)

What?  Ten (optional) Tutored Workshops as follows:


Keeping the Pages Turning - ensuring an engaging story

Bringing your Story to an End - the climax and resolution - tying up loose ends

The Stages of Editing - polishing your manuscript until it shines

Your Submission Package - presenting your work, writing your synopsis and cover letter

Traditional Publishing - pitching to a literary agent and publisher

Critiquing and Writing Buddies- peer assessment and supporting each other

Self/Independent Publishing - An alternative route to writing success

Overcoming Writing Obstacles - making more time and increasing writer confidence

The Many Roles of an Author - Advice with all the other 'hats' you'll have to wear (e.g. publicist, speaker)

Q&A Session - one-to-one time and a group session to air issues and ask individual questions


Booking Enquiry?  drop me a line

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The experience includes:

All Meals and Refreshments

Access to the spa and gym (including out door hot tub!)

Ten workshops (5 each day)

Writing 'Space' and one-to-one Tutor Session

Superior overnight accommodation

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Winter Space to Write

Following the success of the recent 'Space to Write' days I led, I am delighted to offer them again at the Chevin Lodge Hotel. 

Time for you to work on your individual writing projects, but with time offered with me, if you need it.

The days booked are all Sundays, (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) as follows:

October 13th,

November 17th,

December 15th,

January 19th.

Coming again in Spring 2020!


The cost of each Winter Writing Day will be £25. (introductory price)

Please note this charge does not cover lunch or refreshments – however these will be available for purchase directly from the hotel.


Drop me a line if you would like your name added to the list