Hello - It's lovely to 'meet' you!
Hi, I'm Maria Frankland, an Author, Poet and Creative Writing Teacher, based in the lovely market town of Otley, in Yorkshire. Over the last few years, life has taken the wonderful turn of my being able to make my living as an author and teacher of creative writing.
From a young age, my dream has been to become a published poet and novelist. It took many years but I'm over the moon that this has now happened. Now it is my aim to support, motivate and inspire other writers to also achieve this dream, but in much less time than it took me!
To start this process, I have written a free booklet for you: 'The 7 S.E.C.R.E.T.S. to Achieving your Writing Dreams,' which you can get here.
I am aware that workshops, courses and retreats are not within everyone's reach, for reasons of time, budget or geography, therefore as part of the writing community, I regularly blog on aspects of writing to help other writers and I also offer free mini creative writing courses and writing advice to those on my 'keep in touch' list.
As well as being a published author, I am a time-served, qualified teacher with an English degree and a Masters degree in Creative Writing. Click the classroom and online courses links here to learn more about what I can support you with.
I have three domestic thrillers out this year along with the second edition of my memoir 'Don't Call me Mum.' You can find them all by visiting my author page.
I have two poetry collections out - the latest, Poetry for the Newly Married 40 Something, is available through this link.
Its prequel, Poetry for the Newly Single 40 Something, is available from this link.
If anyone was to ask me how it is possible to achieve success as a writer I would say, keep going, keep writing, keep believing in your voice. No one can write your words, but you.
Polish your work until it shines and never give up. We can all achieve our dreams.
With best wishes,