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I’M MARY E. KNIPPEL

The Soul Story Writing Mentor

Unleash the Power of Your Soul's Wisdom

Supporting Transformational Leaders connect to their soul's calling and articulate it into the written word (books/blogs & more), to grow their business, attract clients & leave a legacy so their message exists beyond today.

Author Coaching & More

Publishing your Anthologies, Memoirs, Blogs, Signature Talks, Journaling and More!

Wise Woman Wisdom Retreats

Half Moon Bay California,

March 5th-9th 2025

Author Mentorship

Unleash the Wise Woman Within You

My goal is to empower my clients to embrace the story only they can share with the world. I'm on a mission to help anyone who feels silent and invisible to claim their voices and share their unique gifts with the world. Gifts the world is not only waiting for, we desperately need!

Supporting Co-Authors with publishing their book from Start to Finish

Speakers who need a Signature Talk

Bloggers who need accountability to consistently create content

Those who need a safe space to express their hard feelings

VIP Days to Develop and Refine your Soul's Story

Retreats to Ignite your Creativity

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Creativity

The Core of Expression and Passion. This is what brings us joy.

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Purpose

Make a difference, leave a legacy. What do you want to be known for?

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Authenticity

I will support you to always be true to yourself and your values

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Respect

I will support you with dignity and honor. This is my vow to you.

What Is Author Coaching?

Who is this for?

My clients come to me when they are overwhelmed about where to begin, what to say and how to make sense of the life-changing message they know they are here to deliver. I believe passionately everyone has a soul story of hope that the world needs to hear. I help my clients polish their words until their message sparkles and shines as a beacon of hope for those in search of a solution contained in my clients' message. !

Budding Authors

Publish a Blog Consistently

Become a Speaker

Journaling as a Tool for Healing

Creatives

About Mary

As Your Writing Mentor, I play three roles:

  • Your Muse

  • Your Cheerleader

  • Your Architect

  • Your Nudge

Everything I do is customized and personalized. Let's talk, Soul to Soul, so that I can get to know you and your needs. With the help of my intuition, you and I can then determine the best place to start right now and where it is that you want to go.

Mary E Knippel, author, speaker, Your Writing Mentor, and founder of Your Writing Mentor guides Small Business owners (coaches, consultants, authors) to articulate their soul's wisdom into the written word gleaned from their life's experiences as a powerful driver of business growth. She has a knack for helping you to get their expertise out of their head and onto the page so that your readers can find you and know the difference you offer the world.

If you are looking for a proven professional who uses her 35 years of experience as a journalist to ask provocative questions to uncover the heart of your message with clarity and compassion, help you craft the compelling soul story of your business, and put you on the path to being recognized as an expert in your field, you’ve come to the right place.

Testimonials

"Mary connects heart to heart, soul to soul with women that have a story burning in them. She helps them unmute their voice so that their words are infused with their passion and the confidence flows through them to share their story.” L.Garris

"I had never considered myself a writer, however Mary has taught me we all have a story to tell. Her Writing Room is a safe place for me to go write for an hour every Tuesday. She helps us to relax and hear our inner voice and to get it on the page. I highly recommend that you check out Mary, especially because we all have a story to tell. When will you start yours?" Tina P.

"I hired Mary to write an article for me which was going to be in Coastviews Magazine. It was a beautiful article and is still linked on my website. Later she wrote my press release when I moved my business. When the need arises I will hire her again." - Antoinette

Blog

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An unlikely gift

October 09, 20234 min read

Over 22-years ago, I received a form letter among my birthday cards which began a soul-wrenching journey...one that had me careening down an improbable path and brought me a magnificent gift of transformation.

I’m lucky and grateful to have received this “gift.” And I do mean Gift…more on that later.

I was fortunate enough to be diagnosed with breast cancer in it's very early stage. The cancer was so small my surgeon described it as, “looking for a grain of sand in the Sahara.” I had outpatient surgery and except for the scar, physically I was back to “normal” within a week.

Emotionally, I was in that fog of what just happened here? Was that really me on a gurney being wheeled through the underground parking garage, dodging Toyotas and Hondas, like a scene out of the Keystone Cops? It all felt surreal.

Obviously, I was eager to push down the fear and what-if’s as quickly as possible. So, that’s what I did.  Life resumed it’s original programming…getting my daughter ready to go off to college, supporting all the senior year activities and keeping the home fires burning for my husband.

Somewhere deep inside me, a flame had gone out.

That spark that makes you feel invincible, and death is a long, long way in your future. 

Have you ever felt like that? 

One day you are going along mapping out an absolutely delightful future, and the next minute…BAM…smack into a brick wall. 

The first breast cancer diagnosis was as if the GPS came on warning me I was about to run into an obstacle and should really pay attention to the dashboard signals. 

I didn’t pay attention. I just drew a really big sigh of relief at my ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) diagnosis.

DCIS is the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer, called non-invasive because it hasn’t spread beyond the milk ducts. It meant I had outpatient surgery and regular follow-up, and was able to avoid radiation, chemo, losing my hair, harsh medication, hospitalization, on-going nausea, or any of the other trauma many breast cancer patients have endured. 

Three years later, my second diagnosis got my attention. It was back in the same breast. Covering myself in that illusion of “normal” was completely shattered. I had another outpatient procedure with the same brilliant surgical team and am receiving excellent follow-up care.  

However, last year in early 2023, my routine mammogram resulted in a phone call from the radiologist telling me there was an abnormality. I was grateful not to receive another form letter for the my third breast cancer notification. This time I did end up having radiation therapy as part of my recovery.

Writing about my situation has always been my own powerful healing prescription through navigating everything connected with my breast cancer journey.

That is why I view breast cancer as my gift. 

I see it as a gift because it brought me clarity about what is important in my life.

  • It gave me permission to go after my dreams without apologies.

  • I am a writer became a declarative sentence and not a question.

  • I do not feel selfish when I’m engaged in self-care.

  • I am working hard at building a speaking, mentoring and workshop business.

  • I am working equally hard at balancing having a personal and professional life.

Above all, I am aware every day that this moment is all we have. Right now! You can choose to be here and embrace what is in front of you. Regrets about yesterday will not change the past. Projecting your anxiety about plans for the future will not hurry the hands of time.

Going after my dreams meant that I polished journal entries and published them in The Secret Artist – Give Yourself Permission to Let Your Creativity Shine,” my memoir about my first two breast cancer experiences. Using my knack for helping fellow writers get their ideas out of their heads and onto the page, I’ve stepped into the publisher role as the compiler of Written In Her Own Words – Wise Woman Wisdom co-author series where I guide women to share the wisdom of their transformational stories. And, I’m especially excited about the Wise Woman Wisdom retreats I host twice a year providing sacred space for women in need of TLC to recharge and reenergize and be pampered on the beautiful California coastside.

That’s how breast cancer is the gift that keeps on giving for me. I’ve learned to seize the day and reach for my dreams.

Savor today! 

So, tell me…have you received any “gifts” that transformed your life? Grab a spot on my calendar and let’s chat.

 

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Mary E Knippel

Mary E. Knippel, the Soul Story Writer, best-selling author, inspirational speaker, writing mentor, and retreat leader, helps Transformational Leaders connect to their soul’s calling and articulate it into the written word. Working together as a team, Mary helps you craft and package your vision into professional credibility assets to grow your business, attract clients and leave a legacy beyond this lifetime. Contact her at www.maryeknippel.com.

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blog image

An unlikely gift

October 09, 20234 min read

Over 22-years ago, I received a form letter among my birthday cards which began a soul-wrenching journey...one that had me careening down an improbable path and brought me a magnificent gift of transformation.

I’m lucky and grateful to have received this “gift.” And I do mean Gift…more on that later.

I was fortunate enough to be diagnosed with breast cancer in it's very early stage. The cancer was so small my surgeon described it as, “looking for a grain of sand in the Sahara.” I had outpatient surgery and except for the scar, physically I was back to “normal” within a week.

Emotionally, I was in that fog of what just happened here? Was that really me on a gurney being wheeled through the underground parking garage, dodging Toyotas and Hondas, like a scene out of the Keystone Cops? It all felt surreal.

Obviously, I was eager to push down the fear and what-if’s as quickly as possible. So, that’s what I did.  Life resumed it’s original programming…getting my daughter ready to go off to college, supporting all the senior year activities and keeping the home fires burning for my husband.

Somewhere deep inside me, a flame had gone out.

That spark that makes you feel invincible, and death is a long, long way in your future. 

Have you ever felt like that? 

One day you are going along mapping out an absolutely delightful future, and the next minute…BAM…smack into a brick wall. 

The first breast cancer diagnosis was as if the GPS came on warning me I was about to run into an obstacle and should really pay attention to the dashboard signals. 

I didn’t pay attention. I just drew a really big sigh of relief at my ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) diagnosis.

DCIS is the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer, called non-invasive because it hasn’t spread beyond the milk ducts. It meant I had outpatient surgery and regular follow-up, and was able to avoid radiation, chemo, losing my hair, harsh medication, hospitalization, on-going nausea, or any of the other trauma many breast cancer patients have endured. 

Three years later, my second diagnosis got my attention. It was back in the same breast. Covering myself in that illusion of “normal” was completely shattered. I had another outpatient procedure with the same brilliant surgical team and am receiving excellent follow-up care.  

However, last year in early 2023, my routine mammogram resulted in a phone call from the radiologist telling me there was an abnormality. I was grateful not to receive another form letter for the my third breast cancer notification. This time I did end up having radiation therapy as part of my recovery.

Writing about my situation has always been my own powerful healing prescription through navigating everything connected with my breast cancer journey.

That is why I view breast cancer as my gift. 

I see it as a gift because it brought me clarity about what is important in my life.

  • It gave me permission to go after my dreams without apologies.

  • I am a writer became a declarative sentence and not a question.

  • I do not feel selfish when I’m engaged in self-care.

  • I am working hard at building a speaking, mentoring and workshop business.

  • I am working equally hard at balancing having a personal and professional life.

Above all, I am aware every day that this moment is all we have. Right now! You can choose to be here and embrace what is in front of you. Regrets about yesterday will not change the past. Projecting your anxiety about plans for the future will not hurry the hands of time.

Going after my dreams meant that I polished journal entries and published them in The Secret Artist – Give Yourself Permission to Let Your Creativity Shine,” my memoir about my first two breast cancer experiences. Using my knack for helping fellow writers get their ideas out of their heads and onto the page, I’ve stepped into the publisher role as the compiler of Written In Her Own Words – Wise Woman Wisdom co-author series where I guide women to share the wisdom of their transformational stories. And, I’m especially excited about the Wise Woman Wisdom retreats I host twice a year providing sacred space for women in need of TLC to recharge and reenergize and be pampered on the beautiful California coastside.

That’s how breast cancer is the gift that keeps on giving for me. I’ve learned to seize the day and reach for my dreams.

Savor today! 

So, tell me…have you received any “gifts” that transformed your life? Grab a spot on my calendar and let’s chat.

 

blog author image

Mary E Knippel

Mary E. Knippel, the Soul Story Writer, best-selling author, inspirational speaker, writing mentor, and retreat leader, helps Transformational Leaders connect to their soul’s calling and articulate it into the written word. Working together as a team, Mary helps you craft and package your vision into professional credibility assets to grow your business, attract clients and leave a legacy beyond this lifetime. Contact her at www.maryeknippel.com.

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