Kay Marie Porterfield: Workshop and Teaching Experience


  • Tragedy Assistance Survivor Program, Washington, D.C.; “Writing through Your Tears” (2003, 2004)
  • Mountains and Plains Library Conference; Fargo, North Dakota; “Recognizing Racism in Books” (2002)
  • Women’s Empowerment Seminar; Denver, Colorado; “Breaking through your Creative Blocks” (2002)
  • Malley Senior Center; Englewood, Colorado; “Writing your Life Story” (2002)
  • Hospice of Metro Denver; Denver, Colorado;”Writing through Grief and Trauma” (2001)
  • Hospice of Metro Denver; Denver, Colorado; “Using Journaling with Clients” (2002)
  • Denver Area Bereavement Council; Denver, Colorado; “Writing through Grief and Trauma” (2002)
  • Hospice of St. Johns; Denver, Colorado; “Writing through your Tears” (2002)
  • Porter/Centura Hospice; Denver, Colorado; “Writing through your Tears” (2002)
  • Littleton Community Center; Littleton, Colorado; “Journal Writing for Personal Growth” (2002)
  • Beyond Boundaries Pain Clinic; Rapid City, South Dakota; “Journal Writing for Pain Management” (2001)
  • Black Hills Retreat Center; Rapid City, South Dakota; “Writing Down Your Life: A Memoir Workshop,” “Writing as a Therapeutic Process,” “Recognizing and Recovering from Racism” (2000)
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Rapid City South Dakota; Human Relations Training: “Recognizing and Recovering from Racism” (1999)
  • Casey Family Program; Rapid City, South Dakota; Human Relations Training: “Recognizing and Recovering from Racism” (1999)
  • Women’s Connection; Rapid City, South Dakota; Workshop: “The Journal Journey” (1999)
  • Rapid City Police Department; Human Relations Training: “Recognizing and Recovering from Racism” (1998)
  • Black Hills State University; Spearfish, South Dakota; Human relations Training (1998)
  • Northern Plains Chemical Dependency Association; Rapid City, South Dakota; Recertification Training: “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (1998)
  • National Writers’ Club Writing Conference; Denver, Colorado: “Magazine Article Marketing” (1993)
  • Littleton Hospital; Littleton, Colorado; Community Wellness Workshop: “The Journal Journey” (1992)
  • National Association of Women Veterans National Conference; Denver, Colorado; Presentation: “Writing as a Business” (1992)
  • Denver Women’s Press Club; Denver, Colorado Workshop Presentation: “Magazine Article Marketing” (1989; 1990, 1991)
  • Qualife Wellness Community; “A Writing Playshop” and “The Journal Journey” focusing on memoir writing for people diagnosed with terminal cancer (1990)
  • Center for Creative Arts Therapy; Denver, Colorado; daylong workshop for people trained in visual arts therapy to incorporate poetry and biblio therapy in their work with clients (1990)
  • Englewood High School; Englewood South Dakota; Inservice: “Encouraging Students to Write” (1987)
  • Metropolitan State College, Human Services Department; Presentation: “Women, Alcohol, and Sexuality” (1986)
  • Colorado Department of Health Drug and Alcohol Division; Conference Workshop: “Women Alcohol, and Sexuality” (1985)

Numerous radio and television appearances in conjunction with books


College Level 


  • Introduction to Magazine Journalism
  • Creative Writing – The Short Story
  • Freshman Composition – The Essay
  • Freshman Composition – The Research Paper
  • Freshman Composition – The Research Paper (computer research)
  • Basic English
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Participatory Research


Adult Education


  • Journal Writing with a Purpose
  • Writing as a Healing Tool
  • Selling what you Write
  • Get the Writing Habit
  • The Art of the Interview
  • From Publishing Idea to Book Contract
  • Connecting with your Inner Writer (creativity)
  • Instant Poetics (creativity)
  • Magazine Journalism: The Basics
  • Maybe you Should Write a Book about it (book proposals and marketing)
  • Writing Critique Groups (Clarissa Pinkola Estes, who wrote Women who Run with the Wolves, was one of my students)
  • Writing Down your Life (memoir)