Stories for Generations
Kay Clark-Uhles is an editor, writing coach, and writer. As a writing coach and editor, Kay works primarily with new authors, her compassion for which stems from experiences in teaching and motivational interviewing. She assists her clients in finding and expressing their individual voices.
As a writer Kay is passionate about recording memoirs, biographies, and life stories to be preserved for generations. In 2008, Kay created "Journey Memoirs" through which she writes and holds workshops where sacred stories, fairy-tale diaries, or other works are created. Kay is a contributing author of Fearless & Fabulous: Finding Your Way through Midlife and Beyond, and is excited about the release of her first book, Parts, Pieces, & Particulars: A Primer for Single Moms Raising Boys and Single Dads Raising Girls, coming later in 2020.
Kay has a B.S. from Southern Illinois University in communication with a minor in creative writing and a M.Ed. from Colorado State University in adult education and training. When Kay is not editing, coaching, or writing, she is spending time with family, traveling, playing golf, or enjoying a sunrise or sunset.
FEARLESS and fabulous
I've contributed a chapter to FEARLESS and fabulous: FINDING YOUR WAY THROUGH MIDLIFE AND BEYOND.
The book will be available on Amazon on April 28.
Now for those pesky adverbs. You know, those words that add emphasis but really tell you nothing? “I jumped really high!” How high is that, exactly? “The weather is very unusual.” I still don’t know how to pack! Adverbs can modify adjectives (high and unusual) as in the two examples above; adverbs can also modify…Read More
Last week, I ran out of time and posted a story that I wrote some years ago. Today, let’s get back to your writing and how to improve it. Proofreading is a vital part of writing. If you don’t bereave me, jump watch “The the Impotence of Proofreading,” by Taylor Mali. Warning: This three-and-a-half-minute video…Read More
Time got away from me this week, so I am posting a “Fairy-Tale Diary” piece I wrote over a year ago. If you are interested in starting a Fairy-Tale Diary online group, let me know. Participants create fairy tales from real life events where they are free to become the hero/heroine of their stories. These…Read More
“In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now.” ― Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity I joined an Artist’s Way group several weeks ago. I also joined an accountability writing…Read More
I continue to reflect on the pandemic and the stay-at-home orders that came upon us in March; that is, I reflect on what I’ve learned, how I’ve changed. When I first started this blog at about that time, I remember the eerie surreal feeling the mornings held on my patio: The sun still came up,…Read More
I am currently working through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. The first three basic principles say, (1) Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy; (2) There is an underlying, in-dwelling, creative force infusing all of life—including ourselves; (3) When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves…Read More
How is the memoir-writing coming? Have you made progress? Recap: Two weeks ago in Step 1, we started with the creation of a timeline of events in your life. Last week, Step 2, we worked on naming one event and perhaps finding photos to remind us of what we were feeling and sensing at the…Read More
Last week, in Step 1 of memoir writing through the pandemic, we started by creating a timeline, focusing on one event which called to us and recalling our feelings, values, thoughts, et cetera, during the occurrence of that event. How did that go? Did one event pop out at you saying, “Write me?” Okay. Maybe…Read More
Tired of being quarantined? Fearful of being released to socialize (regardless of the distance)? Let’s do something about it! I am passionate about memoirs. Memoirs provide an outlet to examine situations and surroundings that may have caused our anxieties and fears. Memoirs are verbal photographs that depict a time or event that created the person…Read More
Last week I was appalled, speechless in fact, by the riots and looting of protesters and the violent reactions of police to peaceful marches, following the death of George Floyd. Last week, I did not write a full blog because I could not get out of my head and beyond the negativity I felt over…Read More
I am speechless. While I struggle to find the words for the riots occurring all across America for the past several days in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers, many others have addressed protests in profound ways. I defer to two of my favorites: “A riot is the language of the…Read More
Yesterday, watching the grass blow in the breeze and listening to the birds, I meditated on the meaning of Memorial Day. As I reflected on the holiday, I recalled a man I had met in the nineties: “Mac.” I was a court reporter back then and met Mac when I took his deposition in a…Read More
America opened for business this past week, at least somewhat. But open businesses look different than they did four months ago: outside seating in some places encroach on sidewalks and streets; empty tables fill with dressed blow-up dolls or mannequins. Freaky. I can’t help but wonder how long we will be relegated to dining with…Read More
The view from my window in Florida creates a natural setting for reflection. Enjoying this view (unlike that in Colorado where I currently live), I think about the downside of the coronavirus—that is, the chaos and hardships of front-line workers, the grief of those who have lost loved ones, and the isolation, extra time, loneliness,…Read More
From the first time I stepped on an airplane at twenty-five years old, I have been somewhat afraid of flying. But I vowed back then that my fear would not keep me in one place on the ground with no experiences. This past week, in the midst of the coronavirus, I traveled from Colorado to…Read More
It occurred to me this week that we were put in a timeout when Covid-19 began spreading throughout the world. With stay-home directives in effect, many have learned to adapt to school-at-home or work-at-home weeks. Being retired and not on the frontlines fighting this virus, I have slowed down more to smell the roses, to…Read More
I have been a workaholic most of my adult life—even into retirement—too much to do and not enough time to do it. It started as a necessity in my early thirties as a single parent and continued as a habit. The Type A life served me well. Now with Covid 19, I am appreciating the…Read More
Yesterday, in spite of the Coronavirus and Covid 19, I looked out my window onto a good earth. No doubt, though, the energy has changed over the last month, maybe longer. The images of shadows dancing under the trees still depict joy; but the horror of the recent events creates a surrealness that veils the…Read More
Working with Kay was effortless! She was so helpful guiding me through the editing process. She had many wonderful suggestions to help me with my content, and was very patient with me through the entire process. I definitely hire her again!
~ Danelle Brown, Queen Bee Consulting
I was thrilled and terrified to be asked to write a chapter in a new anthology, Fearless & Fabulous, Finding Your Way through Midlife and Beyond. I was given the opportunity to work with a writing coach, Kay Clark-Uhles. Kay took the time to listen and calm my nerves. With Kay's guidance, I finished my chapter that authentically tells MY story.
~ Jules Karagiannis, Owner & Chief Happiness Junkie #1, Espresso Yourself Coffee & Café
Knowing Kay was in my corner in creating my chapter was so reassuring. As this was my first opportunity to publish something, I was nervous. She guided me adeptly with word and phrase suggestions to better get my ideas across. Invaluable! I appreciate her expertise. Thank you, Kay!
~ Christine Melton, Purely by Heart Designs