Speaking Topics: Discover the Power of the Pen

Kay Marie Porterfield, M.A. shares inspiration and practical writing techniques in her presentations and workshops that will empower you to:


  • kayheadGain a greater sense of emotional well being
  • Experience insights and self awareness
  • Unlock hidden creativity and problem solving abilities
  • Tap inner strengths and intuitive wisdom
  • Clear away emotional blocks
  • Relieve stress and stress related symptoms
  • Reduce pain
  • Boost immune system functioning


Journaling with a Purpose
Spiritual journals…health journals…dream journals…daily logs… When it comes to keeping a journal, the choices are endless. If you want to start a journal, but aren’t sure how to begin, this presentation will help you clarify your goals, explore the possibilities and experience powerful hands on writing techniques.

Writing through Chronic Pain
When you live with chronic pain, sometimes you feel as if your body is your worst enemy. Learn how to make peace with your body and your pain through journal writing. Explore the types of writing that work best for pain reduction.

Journaling the Bereavement Journey
Sadness, anger, loneliness and fear are part of the grieving journey. Journaling provides a creative and comforting pathway through bereavement. Learn effective writing techniques to help you heal and grow after the loss of a loved one.

Journaling the Cancer Journey
Discover how to use a journal to cope with the emotions that follow being diagnosed with cancer. This presentation will inspire you to start keeping a journal and give you practical tips about how to continue. Experience writing techniques that have been shown to strengthen the immune system and reduce both emotional stress and pain.

Writing as a Therapeutic Process
Journal writing, directed writing assignments and autobiographies can be powerful adjuncts to therapy. This presentation for mental health professionals and nurses covers the research on how writing heals, provides techniques for motivating clients to write and demonstrates how to come up with prompts and prescriptive writing assignments targeted toward specific client issues. (Kay works with professional associations to offer CEUs when requested.)

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