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.

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

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