The Circle

A 3 month group coaching programme for women who are ready to make their writing happen.

You want to write but,

  • you struggle to make time for it.
  • you have lots of ideas but aren’t starting (or completing!) any of them.
  • you’re plagued by self-doubt and negative mind-chatter.
  • writing can feel lonely sometimes.

What if you could have,

  • a dedicated space each week to stay motivated and on track?
  • access to a new, gentler way of managing your time?
  • an experienced coach to help you move beyond your specific blocks?
  • a community of like-minded women rooting for you?


The Circle

A 3 month group coaching programme for women who are ready to make their writing happen.

You can be at any stage of your writing journey, based anywhere in the world, and working on any writing (or writing related!) project.

What’s included?

  • a 45 minutes 1-to-1 set up call.
  • 6 x 2 hour group coaching sessions.

Plus optional,

  • 4 x drop-in Q&A hours.
  • 4 x 3 hour co-working spaces.

The above are spread over the duration of the programme and designed to help you make your writing dreams a reality.

All sessions are held online via Zoom.

How does it work?

The programme is a (virtual) gathering of women. I like to imagine us sitting together in a circle around a fire. Each is there with her own precious intention and, at the same time, rooting for the others.

The sessions are balanced to ensure individual attention and you benefit from witnessing others being coached; ‘ah, ha’ moments which spark an idea for you too!

There are a maximum of 7 participants on each round of the programme.


  • create your own overall goal for the duration of the programme
  • break it down into stepping stone goals.
  • at each session you’ll recap on progress and set realistic action the next two weeks.

Along the way we cover,

  • setting your life up to honour your writing.
  • synching your writing practice with nature’s cycles.
  • mindset.
  • motivation.
  • dealing with limiting beliefs.

Accountability + Motivation + Community

It is,

  • about creating space day-to-day to honour yourself and your writing.
  • about helping you to stay focused and motivated.
  • about dealing with what gets in the way of sitting down and writing.
  • about ditching the ‘shoulds’, perfectionism and the endless comparison with others.
  • about doing less and focusing more on what really matters to you.
  • about being compassionate with yourself.
  • about developing, and embedding, the habits of being a writer.
  • about you starting to know yourself as someone who can and does write.
  • individual to you and your life. I help you create the actions that will move you forward on YOUR journey as a writer.
  • an affordable way to access ongoing powerful coaching.

It’s not,

  • about the craft of writing itself.
  • a one size fits all, how to, type of programme. I don’t tell you what to do. 
  • a pumped up, ‘have-it–all’, 1980’s, big shoulder pads approach. 

This is for you if you’re ready to honour you writing dreams!


The April 2023 programme is fully booked. The next round starts autumn 2023.


All sessions take place online via Zoom.

How do I join?

Please email and let me know you’re interested.

I’ll send you a pdf with all the details.

We can set up a free 15 minute call to ‘meet’ each other and explore if this programme is the best fit for you right now.

Are you ready to take your writing off the ‘someday’ pile and make it happen?

If so, we’d love to have you be part of this very special circle.🤗

Let’s flourish together!

Arlene x

Here’s what previous participants have said,

Bridget in London,

Arlene’s writer’s circle was just the nudge I needed to get my book project going. Arlene guides the friendly group meet-ups in a warm and earthy manner combined with a healthy dose of no-nonsense, goal-oriented advice. The best part of having such a supportive coach and circle of fellow writers is that it keeps me motivated and excited about the writing process…and makes me confident to call myself a writer!

Georgia in Sicily,

I have had writing mentors and even therapy about what was stopping me writing. This year I decided I had to do it finally, or stop trying. I am nearly fifty and I have never even written a book, never finished a manuscript. Not even a crappy first draft.

I saw Arlene’s advert and it got me interested. Maybe this is what I need, someone to help me get over myself, and my ‘blocks’ and get words on the page. The price was right, the timing was perfect, and I decided to sign up.

On 16 September I met my fellow course members. I had a first chapter of just over 5,000 words and I committed to writing 2500 words a week for the next two weeks. I set my overall goal that day too. I said that on the 2 December I would have a manuscript of 30,000 words. Secretly I dreamed of having 50,000 but is seemed out of my reach and impossible at the time.

Fast forward to twelve weeks later and I have a manuscript of 57,000 words!! That means I wrote 52,000 in 12 weeks, four thousand three hundred and fifty words a week, or 620 words a day. 620 words a day which I had never written in the last 35 years of me wanting to be a writer.

The small group works really well. Everyone has time to voice their successes and failures and Arlene encourages us to help each other out with ideas for practical problems and swap ideas. 

I have signed up for the next one in January, and in the meantime I am keeping the momentum going by using the methods that Arlene introduced to us, setting manageable goals to reach every two weeks in order to reach one overarching goal. 

Arlene is spiritual and practical, she won’t go into the whys or wherefores (but she will give you links to professionals or books to help with other deeper issues) and she will give you a personalized method to help empower you to achieve what you never dared dream was possible! 

If you have to choose one thing to make your dream of being a writer real, choose this. Arlene will motivate and empower you beyond your wildest dreams. Writer’s block will become a distant memory and your fears and insecurities will take a back seat to make way for mind blowing action.

I cannot recommend it highly enough, a positive experience in every way. 

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