A Writer Within offers support to women writers who feel disconnected from their writing and are seeking inspiration. We focus on getting writers into the creative flow, beyond their internal critic, and living the writing life they’ve always wanted.


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I’m Kathryn Kay, the founder of A Writer Within.

As an author, I understand the challenge of finding time to write, and I’m familiar with the resistance that keeps me from sitting down at my desk. I know how it feels to be disconnected from my writing, anxious at the beginning of a project, or stuck in the middle of a story without a clear way forward. We all need assistance at some point, and my goal is to help my clients define and achieve their writing goals. I love getting to the heart of an issue and finding just the right solution to unlock the inspiration a client needs to get their words onto the page.

Part of what inspired me to create my writing workshops and retreats was because I couldn’t find what I needed. Without a doubt, I learned and grew from every workshop and class I attended but I was looking for smaller groups where we wrote more and talked less; so that's what I designed. My retreats in Tuscany are small (8-10) and I encourage my students to write like crazy, and they are often amazed by the work they produced.

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Whether you need a skilled eye and sensitive touch in shaping your work, or someone in your corner to encourage and guide you, I am here to support your Writer Within. I offer editing, coaching, and manuscript assessment services. Every service is custom tailored specifically to your needs.

No matter where you are on your writing path, this is the perfect writing retreat if you’re looking for something a little bit different, just starting a project, have lost your way, or simply need a new perspective…take the leap and join us in Tuscany!

I arrived at the retreat not knowing what to expect and found a kind, generous facilitator who encouraged me to stretch my limits and guided me into the creative process in a new way. Kathryn knew exactly what I needed each step of the way. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to come to Tuscany and work with Kathryn.

Zaineb Sajid. Casablanca, Morocco

Kathryn’s astute edits and inspired suggestions were invaluable in crafting my work. Her sensitive coaching encouraged me to have faith in my abilities and trust the creative process.

Beverly Lafontaine, Los Angeles, CA

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This workshop more than exceeded my expectations. Kathryn has designed a well-organized retreat that is both instructional and entertaining. A master of teaching the craft, she breaks it down into digestible pieces and then ignites our imagination. I am well on my way and feel confident about completing my manuscript.

Wendy Matthews. San Diego, CA