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"We invited Mary Knippel to be one of the featured speakers at the 2022 Women to Women Network Inspire! event. She had previously led a guided conversation for one of our smaller monthly events around “Your Story, Why It Matters and How to Tell It.” Her insights and speaking style resonated so well with our audience that we wanted to have Mary at the annual conference for a deeper dive and more hands-on workshop. She did not disappoint! Mary took Inspire attendees on their own personal journey and helped them unlock their individual stories. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from attendees who have expressed how much they enjoyed the writing exercise and how much easier it is now for them to tap into stories they didn't even know they had, let alone how to use them to better connect on a personal level with their own audience. Thank you again for everything, Mary!"


Mary E. Knippel, your writing mentor, motivational speaker, guest speaker

Speaker Topics

your soul story revealed, mary e knippel, the difference of one story, your writing mentor, motivational speaker

Your Soul Story Revealed

What does it mean to reveal your Soul Story? First, what is your Soul Story? Mary believes everyone has a deep connection with it. Bring your curiosity and imagination to explore the meaning of Soul Story. Your Soul Story is The Story that makes a difference and someone needs to hear your story. Someone is waiting for your Soul Story right now. This presentation will help participants discover their unique soul story and gain confidence in articulating life’s wisdom.

the power of your transformational story, mary e knippel, the difference of one story, your writing mentor, motivational speaker

The Power of Your Transformational Story

Let’s talk about the moments of our lifetime that changed the trajectory of our lives…all those experiences which shape who we are, and the lives we lead. We’ll explore how seemingly random incidents figure into the fabric of our past, present and future: our transformational stories. This presentation is designed to inspire, inform, delight and empower the audience. Participants will learn how the stories they have lived can empower, educate, and entertain. They will discover the wisdom of their own gifts. And how to rewrite the stories holding them back.

3 secrets revealed for your handcrafted life, mary e knippel, the difference of one story, your writing mentor, motivational speaker

Three Secrets Revealed for Your Handcrafted Life

Many women are secret artists hiding their gifts because they believe they are just ordinary instead of acknowledging their extraordinary selves. This is about women giving themselves permission to no longer be a secret artist and tell their story of life’s challenges. To speak up about their unexpected gifts and synchronicities that allow them to be the hero of their own lives. This talk will offer tips to design and craft the life of their desires. It’s time we stop being a secret. It’s time for the secret to be revealed and to shine in your brilliance. Participants will discover renewed confidence in their skills, tools to accomplish their goals, along with fun, fast and effective tips and techniques to create their own personal empowerment

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The Difference of One Story

The problem is that so many women feel that they are not enough, that they are not seen and not heard. In this targeted presentation, Mary shares the three ingredients every woman needs to know to write the story of her success in business and in life. Participants will learn fun, fast and effective writing tips, techniques, and strategies to connect with their story that matters.







Guest Speaking since 2015

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"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

Mary E. Knippel, your writing mentor, motivational speaker,
Mary E. Knippel, your writing mentor, motivational speaker,

About Mary

Mary E. Knippel is the Soul Story Writer, who supports Coaches, Consultants, Authors, in other words Transformational Leaders, connect to their soul’s wisdom and empowers them to express themselves in the written word. She is on a mission to help women discover their voices, help them be heard and empower them to claim the soul story only they can tell.   Mary E. Knippel writes and speaks about how individuals and businesses can articulate their life’s wisdom to achieve tangible results. She will inspire you to share the story only you can share.  

Her company, YourWritingMentor, is an inspiration driven education company supporting writers to become authors, grow their businesses and to leave a legacy beyond this lifetime.  

YourWritingMentor supports writers through its online and in-person education programs. Because so many women have been told their stories don’t matter, Mary is committed to helping women articulate the wisdom gleaned from their life’s experiences their transformational story. As a life-long journal writer, Mary understands the vulnerability and the importance of showing up on the page. First for yourself, and then for those who need the wisdom you are here to share.

Mary’s memoir, The Secret Artist-Give Yourself Permission to Let Your Creativity Shine chronicles how she used writing as a healing tool throughout her first two breast cancer journeys. At the end of each essay, she encourages readers with writing prompts to write their own story.

As a writing mentor and journalist for four decades, Mary uses her intuitive skills to ask thought provoking questions to help writers discover and craft the stories longing to be revealed.

In 2022 Mary stepped into the role of publisher as the compiler of the Amazon bestselling collaborative book Written In Her Own Words-Wise Woman Wisdom. Previously, she participated in numerous co-author projects as a contributor, editor and ghost writer. In the vein of such writers as Jane Austen, Mary often encourages the muse by occupying her hands with a craft project so that her mind if free to receive insights and intuitive downloads. As a result, her workshops often highlight a creative activity to spark participants imagination.

In 2023, Mary added Retreat Leader to her offerings. A devoted retreat participant, Mary facilitates the Wild Woman Wisdom Retreat which features many opportunities for those attending these intimate gatherings to be welcomed into a world designed to encourage their creativity and enhance their voice. Everyone is pampered and indulged and walks away with a deeper connection to their soul. Participants also have an opportunity to create a personal talisman as a tangible example of their creativity.

Mary is active in the writing communities from Minnesota, Colorado and throughout California in various roles as a contributing columnist, speaker, workshop facilitator and/or independent editor.  

  • Women’s National Book Assn-San Francisco Chapter (current member, program speaker, and past president)

  • California Writers Club-Peninsula Branch (club member, program speaker, and past board member)

  • San Francisco Writers Conference (SFWC), staff member since 2004. Mary’s role at the first in 2004 was babysitting the purses in the volunteer lounge. Today she is the Coordinator of the Nonfiction & Memoir tracks for this multi-dimensional writing conference.

Mary lives in Half Moon Bay, California with her husband. Mary is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism. She earned her degree the same year she and her husband adopted a baby girl. To Mary’s delight, that baby girl has had a baby of her own in 2019, which has blessed Mary with the title of NaNa.

Featured On:

SFWC2023 Blogging Blueprint Breakout session with my good friend Nina Amir

I was a guest on "Fearless Generations," an inspiring podcast hosted by the mother-daughter duo of Kelly & Terry.
Topic: How to make the leap from where you are to where you are longing to live.

I was a guest on the "On the Fly with Kai" live show

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The Essentials of Goal Setting

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3 Week Career Workshop

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