In 2012 - inspired by the discovery of her parents’ war diaries - writer and journalist Elaine Kingett established Write It Down!: writing and mindfulness meditation holidays and retreats in Spain, France and Wales that will inspire everyone, irrespective of previous writing experience or academic ability to write down their lives for recognised mental and physical health benefits and to rediscover their creative imagination.

Write It Down! holidays and retreats are unpretentious, energising and inclusive, organised into small groups and set in unique and beautiful locations. In a non-critical and relaxed environment, individual creativity blossoms. The weeks provide a lasting boost in self-esteem and self-confidence, a notebook full of ideas for poems, stories and memoirs and demonstrate the power of pen on paper to enrich our lives.

Elaine Kingett is an award-winning writer, journalist, teacher and writing mentor. She started her career on Honey magazine in the 70s and now writes for That’s Not My Age, the Guardian, Woman&Home, Prima and Archivist. She has an MA in Professional Writing from UCF, has studied Autobiographical Creative Writing at University of Sussex and Therapeutic, Reflective Writing and Poetry Therapy with The Professional Writing Academy. She is a member of Lapidus, an affiliate of Write As Rain and a Hoffman graduate. She volunteers for Mind mental health charity and has studied mindfulness meditation in Nepal and London. Before launching Write It Down! holidays she led retreats for Lynne Franks Bloom Retreats in Mallorca. In London she runs weekly Mums & Babies Creative Writing Workshops and evening Writing Salons. She has three adult children and lives in Hackney.

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