Frances Fay is my art name, and I use it to reveal an essential aspect of myself. My birth name is Francesca Aniballi.
I spent a few years in Scotland, where I earned an M Sc in Social Anthropology and a Ph.D in Comparative Literature.
In Scotland, I left a piece of my heart. The land affected me deeply.
These days I live in the Italian countryside, not far from Rome.
I am a teacher, writer with a Certificate in Writing Practice for Therapeutic Purposes, creative transformational
facilitator, coach and art counsellor in training. I work with creativity as a catalyst for change and renewal.
I love writing because it opens up possibilities: words can indeed change and shape us and our worldviews.
They say that a picture
is worth a thousand words. Yet, a few words can change its story. And story is a vital element of being human. We think, perceive and experience stories all the time. Stories (and poems) elicit our feelings and emotions. They arouse, educate, entertain, deviate,
guide and misguide... we cannot be, do or have anything without storymaking.
Throughout my life writing has been a red thread: it has helped me find my way when in doubt or in pain, it has accompanied me in quiet reflection and deep joy; the blank page
gradually covered with ink has been the witness of my ramblings, adventures, spiritual and intellectual journeys, heartaches and gratitude.
I have employed both journaling and creative writing as self-healing and self-directing tools and made important
discoveries on the way. I received personal illuminations and realizations in the process of writing, of letting go of the need for control and allowing my experiences, thoughts, emotions and feelings to unfold in their own ways, at their own times.
has taught me to stay in the moment, to be present to what is, to heal the past and develop my vision for the future, to celebrate life, to explore the inner dimensions and my stance towards issues and themes close to my heart, to let my inner child play and
to unleash my creativity, to explore and take up my unique spiritual path. All of this, and more...
I am passionate about journaling and creative writing as exploration tools.
My vision involves facilitating your experience and acknowledgement
of your full emotional range, so that you can achieve clarity and awareness by bridging heart and mind, through therapeutic creative writing, creative facilitation, coaching and art counselling.
I stand by the abiding power of writing and creativity
for deep transformation.
Come on board: you are welcome.
If the possibility of working with me one-on-one appeals to you, please visit the page Work with Me, send me a message through
the contact form, or try out my short course about developing a creative mindset.