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.

What Do You Want From A Writing Retreat?

If you've ever considered going on a writing retreat, you probably have a lot in common with these women. What do you look for in a writing treat?

December 12, 2022 / Retreats

6 Favorite Excursions in Tuscany

When I take a group of writers to Tuscany for a week-long writing retreat, I tend to take them on excursions to my favorite places. That doesn't mean we don't visit the must-see sights, like Siena and San Gimignano, because we do, but I often include lesser-known, out-of-the-way gems.

November 21, 2022 / Retreats

A Day at A Women’s Writing Retreat in Tuscany

I recently returned from Tuscany where, after an absence of more than two years, I resumed my week-long writing retreats for women. The only way I can think to describe to you how wonderful it was to ...

August 1, 2022 / Retreats

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

Say “Yes” To Your Dreams!

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

A View of One’s Own

I spent a week in Tuscany at a writer’s retreat with a lovely view from my bedroom window. I arrived after a whirlwind of travel and sightseeing: hiking the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain...

December 9, 2019 / Retreats

Getting Myself to Italy

If you know me at all, you’ve heard me talk about my wish to travel to Italy. I don’t know when or how this desire rooted so firmly inside me, but it definitely has been there for a long time. I’ve wanted to go for literally decades.

December 9, 2019 / Retreats