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Virginia McKinnie


Born and reared outside of Memphis, Tennessee, Virginia McKinnie considers herself to be an outgrowth of the “Southern magnolia voice.”  A professional writer for more than 25 years, Virginia started her career as a freelance writer in the country music industry, and then became a technical writer for a multi-national financial company, where her writing won industry awards two consecutive years.

With the dawning of the new millennium and the renewal of her creative self and trust in her own feminine voice (thanks to Woman Wisdom Training), she struck out on her own as a teacher and mentor to other creative souls, helping writers and artists in the community discover and develop their personal expression. As a writing mentor, Virginia has developed and facilitated numerous writer’s circles, including an on-line workshop Writing Your Life Experience, at www.thehealingbridge.org, which focuses on creating and recognizing our personal healing process and stories. She has created and taught numerous day-long workshops, as well as a writing camp for girls that focused on their personal and social development by using scrapbooking as a stimulus.

Her poems have appeared in journals and magazines, including Sage Woman, Mad Poets Review, The Pegasus Review, Watermarks, and Lucidity, and have received national awards and honors. She is a Regional Representative for the National Association of Women Writers and a member of the Pennsylvania Poets Society and Mad Poets Society.  

Virginia has an MA in Literature from the University of Warwick, England, is a graduate of the three-year program in Psychosynthesis, a spiritual psychology training, and is a graduate of Woman Wisdom Training Levels One and Two. She is currently a teacher of Woman Wisdom Training. For more than 10 years, Virginia has studied the chakra system and has received in-depth training with Anodea Judith, Ph.D., focusing on the energy structures of the chakras, bio-energetic movement, and psychological and somatic chakra therapy. At the completion of her training with Ms. Judith, Virginia will be a Certified Chakra Coach.

She lives in Valley Forge, Pa with her husband and two teen-age sons, and maintains a private practice as a Writing Mentor and Creativity Coach and Woman Wisdom Teacher.

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