Welcome To My Blog

Hi, I'm Kathryn Kay, the founder of A Writer Within. As a personal writing coach and editor, I help women writers who struggle to define and meet their writing goals. I offer support and inspiration in getting started, organizing ideas, overcoming the inner critic, and completing projects. Creative solutions are my forte.

It's not a question of whether you have a writer within—it’s a question of how to set her free.

Use The Five Senses and Bring Your Characters to Life

Using the five senses in your writing will draw the reader in and bring your writing alive. Learn how and why we use sensory imagery in our writing.

May 9, 2022 / Craft

10 Tips To Support Your Writing Practice 

Here are 10 great tips to inspire and support your writing practice. All genres will benefit from any one of these motivating tips.

April 25, 2022 / Craft
7 women writers sitting in living room at A Writer Within's Tuscany retreat

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Writers

Comparing ourselves negatively to others doesn't help us as writers. Here are some steps you can take to help you stop comparing yourself to other writers.

April 11, 2022 / Mindset

How to Create an Inspiring Writing Space

Wherever you go to write, having an inspirational space will make your time spent writing more fun, and you’ll see the benefits in the quality and quantity of what you produce.

March 28, 2022 / Mindset

5 Short Writing Prompts To Inspire and Keep You Going

Short writing prompts work with both fiction and memoir. The more you do, the faster you will find the flow and discover your authentic voice.

March 14, 2022 / Craft

How to Accept Your Inner Critic and Write Freely 

We spend far too much time trying to deny the critic, ignore it, or bargain with it, and it's exhausting. We're using precious time and energy better spent on our writing—so, let's accept it.

February 28, 2022 / Craft

6 Reasons Why You Should Attend A Writing Retreat

I’ve been running workshops and holding retreats for many years and am excited to share my top 6  reasons a writing retreat could be just what you need to take your writing to the next level.

February 14, 2022 / Retreats

How a Writing Coach Can Help You Achieve Your Writing Goals

A writing coach is a guide who can help you develop a writing practice, define your goals, structure your projects, polish your prose, improve your mindset, and who will hold you accountable.

January 31, 2022 / Craft

How to Sustain Your Writing practice and Produce Solid Work

Okay, you've started that short story, essay, memoir, novel, or blog, but how do you keep going? Have goals!

January 17, 2022 / Craft

How to Organize and Prioritize Your Writing Ideas 

Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the great ideas you have for writing projects?  Are they swirling around in your head, so you’re too distracted to sit down at your desk? Let me help you get organized.

January 3, 2022 / Craft

How to Achieve Your Goals -Just Say Yes!

Recently, a new friend asked me how I came to be giving writing retreats in Tuscany, and without giving it a thought, I replied, "I just kept saying yes."

January 1, 2022 / Mindset

New Possibilities

Although I’ve enjoyed writing throughout my life, the writing retreat in Tuscany opened up new possibilities for me. Kathryn Kay is an extraordinarily gifted workshop leader, I don’t know how she does it.

January 27, 2020 / Retreats
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