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. She helped me discover an entirely new direction and narrative that was incredibly exciting. The women she gathers together in these retreats are supportive, inquisitive, and best of all—they are willing to listen. Another high point—our very own Tuscan chef! Delish.

Group of women writers eating lunch outside under a pergola with A Writer Within's Tuscany retreat

This section of my website will showcase pieces of an overall story. At the retreat, I learned a style of writing that tells a long story through a collection of short stories connected through characters and time periods. I will be posting new pieces of writing once a month.

Val Estabrook


Thank you. Yes, it’s inspiring!

Kathryn~ What a delight to see what you create for this creative escape into Italy and one’s own time to write, work, relax and enjoy the company of others. I can see in every photo that it’s working!

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I’m Kathryn Kay, the founder of A Writer Within. I offer support and inspiration to women writers through one-on-one coaching, editing services, and week-long retreats in Tuscany. My focus is on getting writers into the creative flow, beyond their internal critic, and their very best stories onto the page. If you have a writer within, let's set her free!