elaine is founder and course leader of write it down! creative writing retreats in spaiN.

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 that will inspire everyone, irrespective of previous writing experience or academic ability to write down their lives, for both the 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 they 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, the Times, Woman and Home, Prima and Archivist. She has an MA in Professional Writing from University College Falmouth, has studied Autobiographical Creative Writing at the University of Sussex, Therapeutic, Reflective Writing and Poetry Therapy with The Professional Writing Academy and Poetry Therapy with Charmaine Pollard. She is a member of Lapidus, the writing for wellbeing organisation, an affiliate of Write As Rain and is a Hoffman graduate. She is a member of NAWE, the National Association of Writers in Education and of The Federation of Small Businesses. She 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.

Visit Elaine's personal website and blog here.


Elaine’s classes never fail to pick me up; every one shows me something new about myself, and about my perspective on life. It’s a luxury of self-expression. It’s completely unique, on an emotional, personal, psychological level. With the added bonus that Elaine is amazing and allows you to find your creative space.
— Amy
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