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 6th-9th 2024

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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Special Black History Story

February 02, 20243 min read

The little lady who had the wisdom of the owls she loved to collect, as well as a heart full of love of books, and readers of all ages…

In honor of Black History Month, I’d like to share the story of my history with a woman who cast a giant shadow but barely stood less than five feet tall. I proudly called her my teacher as well as my friend. She was also the reason this Minnesota-born Scandinavian had the privilege to give testimony at a San Francisco Baptist gathering. And the first woman of color who I got to know personally and who had such a profound influence on me.

Effie Lee Morris was a visionary, advocate, author, San Francisco leader, and honored as a Living Legend by the California Library Association. “I am proudest to have been a librarian,” she said, “a librarian who has made a difference.” Her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, launched not only her love of reading but also her career as a children’s librarian and children’s advocate.

Work as a part-time library assistant in the Cleveland Public Library led to her first degree from Mather College in 1945 and her master's in library science in 1956. She was the first children’s specialist at the Library for the Blind in the New York Public Library. She was the first children’s librarian and the first African American president of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association. She was the first coordinator of children’s services at the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL).

In 1968 Ms. Morris was tasked with founding the San Francisco chapter of the Women's National Book Assn, (WNBA), which was established in 1917, as an organization to promote the role of women in the community of the book. You might take note here that WNBA was founded before women had the right to vote!

Ms. Morris's awards are numerous, but two that she was particularly proud of are the Silver Spur Award for Dedication to Enhancing the Quality of Life and Economic Vitality of San Francisco, and the Women's National Book Association's Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the World of Books.

The annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture Series lecture was created to salute Ms. Morris for her outstanding contributions to the San Francisco Public Library and the children of San Francisco by the WNBA-SF in 1996. The Children’s Historical and Research Collection was established in 1964 by Morris and officially renamed the Effie Lee Morris Historical and Research Collection of Children’s Literature in 1981. The collection was created as a research collection of outdated or out-of-print books deemed important to children’s literature and books containing ethnic stereotypes.

Little did I know as I sat taking notes at that WNBA-SF planning meeting which organized the first lecture in the series, that one day I’d be receiving phone calls from Effie Lee congratulating me on doing such a great job as president of WNBA-SF, or passing along a suggestion about our next chapter meeting.

She passed away in 2009. She was our cheerleader, shining star, and an amazing example to live life to the fullest every day. Her spirit continues to shine brightly with all of us who were touched by her deep-abiding love of the written word and enthusiasm for everyone who participates in the passionate pursuit of just the right combination to create an engaging story.

Do you long to get started writing or sharing your love of books? Consider getting involved at your local library, or joining such organizations at Women's National Book Assn-San Francisco Chapter (WNBA-SF) or the California Writers Club (CWC). Both organizations offer speakers and programs to help you unleash the writer in you.

Or, book a time to chat with me here,

 

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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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Special Black History Story

February 02, 20243 min read

The little lady who had the wisdom of the owls she loved to collect, as well as a heart full of love of books, and readers of all ages…

In honor of Black History Month, I’d like to share the story of my history with a woman who cast a giant shadow but barely stood less than five feet tall. I proudly called her my teacher as well as my friend. She was also the reason this Minnesota-born Scandinavian had the privilege to give testimony at a San Francisco Baptist gathering. And the first woman of color who I got to know personally and who had such a profound influence on me.

Effie Lee Morris was a visionary, advocate, author, San Francisco leader, and honored as a Living Legend by the California Library Association. “I am proudest to have been a librarian,” she said, “a librarian who has made a difference.” Her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, launched not only her love of reading but also her career as a children’s librarian and children’s advocate.

Work as a part-time library assistant in the Cleveland Public Library led to her first degree from Mather College in 1945 and her master's in library science in 1956. She was the first children’s specialist at the Library for the Blind in the New York Public Library. She was the first children’s librarian and the first African American president of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association. She was the first coordinator of children’s services at the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL).

In 1968 Ms. Morris was tasked with founding the San Francisco chapter of the Women's National Book Assn, (WNBA), which was established in 1917, as an organization to promote the role of women in the community of the book. You might take note here that WNBA was founded before women had the right to vote!

Ms. Morris's awards are numerous, but two that she was particularly proud of are the Silver Spur Award for Dedication to Enhancing the Quality of Life and Economic Vitality of San Francisco, and the Women's National Book Association's Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the World of Books.

The annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture Series lecture was created to salute Ms. Morris for her outstanding contributions to the San Francisco Public Library and the children of San Francisco by the WNBA-SF in 1996. The Children’s Historical and Research Collection was established in 1964 by Morris and officially renamed the Effie Lee Morris Historical and Research Collection of Children’s Literature in 1981. The collection was created as a research collection of outdated or out-of-print books deemed important to children’s literature and books containing ethnic stereotypes.

Little did I know as I sat taking notes at that WNBA-SF planning meeting which organized the first lecture in the series, that one day I’d be receiving phone calls from Effie Lee congratulating me on doing such a great job as president of WNBA-SF, or passing along a suggestion about our next chapter meeting.

She passed away in 2009. She was our cheerleader, shining star, and an amazing example to live life to the fullest every day. Her spirit continues to shine brightly with all of us who were touched by her deep-abiding love of the written word and enthusiasm for everyone who participates in the passionate pursuit of just the right combination to create an engaging story.

Do you long to get started writing or sharing your love of books? Consider getting involved at your local library, or joining such organizations at Women's National Book Assn-San Francisco Chapter (WNBA-SF) or the California Writers Club (CWC). Both organizations offer speakers and programs to help you unleash the writer in you.

Or, book a time to chat with me here,

 

writingstorywnba-sfeffieleemorrisblackhistorymonthmentor
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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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