The collage above was where HoneyLeaf Writing all started. After 10 years of freelancing as Mel Parks, writer and editor, I wanted to take my work into a new direction. A direction which looks outwards more and helps other people develop the confidence and skills they need to become writers too, whether that is for pleasure, wellbeing or business.

I chose the name HoneyLeaf because the plant is a stress reliever and I want to make the process of writing easier for other people. Also, honey is a family name and when I found out it was a Greek and Roman symbol for poetic inspiration, my mind was made up.

I’ve written and published poems, creative non-fiction, magazine articles, blog posts, web content, annual reports, training manuals and now, I help other people write and tell their own stories through creative writing workshops, coaching, feedback and editing services.

I’m also studying part-time for an MA in Creative Writing at Brighton University where I’m researching the universal stories in mythology, the connection between movement and creativity, supporting adults in groups, and how my own writing fits in with and inspires all of that. 

If you’d like to try a creative writing workshop in Forest Row, Turners Hill or East Grinstead, get in touch at