THE HEALING ARTS | Writing Facilitator
An avid writer since childhood, despite her lifelong struggles with dyslexia, Kelly Richey has developed her own methods to overcome this debilitating problem and has kept extensive handwritten journals since her teens. In 2012, Kelly released a poetry collection, Whisperings: A Collection of Poems from Blues Guitarist Kelly Richey. Richey’s poems deal with finding one’s truest self, relationship struggles, survival, the ups and downs of life, vulnerability, found and lost love, heartache, longing spirituality, passion, and hope. The book is a special collection of 89 writings (including a companion spoken-word CD), highlighting Richey’s highly personal poems selected from thousands of journaled writings spanning three decades.
As her confidence as a poet and writer soared, Kelly Richey also began to develop her songwriting voice on a deeper level, as reflected in her 2013 CD release, “Sweet Spirit,” and her 2015 release “Shakedown Soul.” While writing the material for “Shakedown Soul,”
As Kelly’s love for writing continued to blossom, she completed her training through the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy (CFLA) and became a certified writing facilitator and affiliate for the Cincinnati nonprofit group Women Writing for (a) Change in 2015. Inspired by that experience, Richey became an affiliate and established Women Writing for (a) Change + Mobile and developed a series of creative writing programs, A Piece of Paper Always Listens, Celebrating Our Struggles, (co-created with Karen Novak) which she presents in workshops, writing circles, school programs, and her private coaching sessions. These programs can be delivered in-person and online.
As a writing facilitator, Kelly delivers writing programs focused on healing and self-reflection. Her programs teach you how to take control of your narrative, rewriting your story to lead a more peaceful and harmonious life. The first step is shifting focus from your imperfections to the gifts that make you – you. Kelly then demonstrates how to cultivate powerful daily self-care practices that are easily implemented and can have astonishing results. She goes on to analyze how to find beauty in suffering and we can use it to grow into the best versions our ourselves.
Through Women Writing for (a) Change (WWf(a)C) in Cincinnati and as the WWf(a)C +Mobile Affiliate outside of Cincinnati, Kelly facilitates Celebrating Our Struggles® a six-part Writing Workshop that helps participants explore the power of changing their lives through narrative, taking a journey to a greater sense of purpose and worth.
Writing is one of the most intimate and direct ways to get to know yourself and to find your own voice to express yourself to others. It starts with who you are and stays there for a while. Eventually, writing allows you to connect to others in an authentic and powerful way.
Writing is an end to itself, and it is an essential means to the end of self-care and human connection. With that in mind, Kelly pioneered her signature concept Celebrating Our Struggles® in partnership with Women Writing for (a) Change.
Celebrating our Struggles: WWf(a)C Six Part Series
Strengthen your spiritual core while exploring the power of changing your life through narrative and being heard for what you truly have to say. This six-week class invites you on a journey to a greater sense of purpose and worth through telling your story to others.
We will look at strategies for revising that story so that it best serves your growth toward the person you want to become. Through varied writing experiences, readings and discussions, we will use Women Writing for (a) Change practices to help us locate the sacred in difficult circumstances. Join us for the adventure into better knowing ourselves.
- Learning to Love Ourselves: Shift your focus from your imperfections to the gifts that you have.
- Self Care-Is an Act of Love: Begin creating a daily self-care practice that supports your journey.
- What do Our Stories Have to Say: Are you allowing your wounds or your gifts to define who you are, and how might you reframe your narrative?
- Our Gifts are Sacred Treasures: Reflect on the gifts you have discovered and how they are the sacred treasures of your soul.
- Living into our Dreams: We explore how dreams give meaning and purpose to our lives.
- I Carry My Light into the World: Celebrate the gifts we have discovered, the struggles we have overcome, and allow ourselves to dream.
What is Women Writing for (a) Change
For more than 25 years, Women Writing for (a) Change® has provided a safe and non-competitive environment for individuals to develop their writing skills, cultivate their creativity and strengthen their voices. Although most classes are for women or young women, occasional classes include men and boys.
Women Writing for (a) Change® offers supportive writing circles to nurture and celebrate the individual voice. Classes encourage self-expression through the art of writing and other creative processes. In writing circles and specialty classes, participants explore and work in a variety of genres, including journal-writing, poetry, prose, essay, song-writing, fiction, and more.
At WWf(a)C, writers, whether first-timers or the more experienced, find community, connection and meaningful conversation within Writing Circles. WWf(a)C encourages writing as a process of self-discovery and self-expression—a celebration of the individual voice. Classes provide a unique setting in which honoring each other’s words enriches participants’ lives.
Women Writing for (a) Change + Mobile
Kelly Richey became a writing facilitator at Women Writing for (a) Change in 2015. In 2018 she launched Women Writing for (a) Change + Mobile. WWf(a)C + Mobile is part of a national network of writing schools that provide opportunities for individuals to develop a greater sense of consciousness in their lives through the art of writing and the practices of community building. Through WWf(a)C +Mobile, Kelly helps individuals and groups to discover their unique voice, creative gifts, and talents.
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