The Story Catalyst
The Story Catalyst
Carolyn Flynn

Welcome to The Story Catalyst

Be brave, be light, be you. Living the life written with The Story Catalyst community of writers.

About Carolyn

Memoirist, novelist and essayist Carolyn Dawn Flynn was longlisted for the Mslexia International Memoir Prize for Boundless, a becoming-of-age memoir, and shortlisted for the Elixir Press First Novel Prize for Searching for Persephone. Her essays have been published in Fourth Genre, Under the Gum Tree, The Colorado Sun, The Tampa Review, The Whitefish Review (Montana Prize for Fiction), Albuquerque Journal, Sage Magazine, Albuquerque the Magazine and Wilde Frauen. 

She is author of seven published titles on transformative practices such as mindfulness meditation and creative visualization. For 16 years, she was editor of Sage, a magazine that facilitated empowering conversations for women. 

A TEDx speaker (“Tell A Better Story, Live a Better Life”), she lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Find out more at

Join Our Warm and Welcoming Story Catalyst Community

I’m Carolyn Dawn Flynn, and I am the Story Catalyst.

Do you want to write a book that is bold, illuminating and true? 

In an age when we need the good medicine of a life-affirming book,

I catalyze authors to craft their own enduring path to master their story and their message.

I do the courage walk with you on the purpose-lit path. Together, we are targeted and joyful, attuning to the passion, vision and significance of your book.

Do you want to live the life written? (It's so worth it!)


  • 1:1 book coaching and development
  • Idea-to-Outline coaching
  • Character and Voice to First Draft coaching
  • Chapter Draft Support coaching and editing
  • Re-Visioning coaching and editing
  • Developmental Editing of full manuscripts
  • Editorial assessments and revision plans
  • Contemplative and generative writing retreats in settings such as Ireland, Taos, Scotland and Utah canyonlands
  • Story Catalyst writing craft classes
  • Story Catalyst community
  • Uncommon Hours classes in designing and de-stressifying the writing life with leading-edge time management hacks and practices of mindfulness and creative visualization
  • Uncommon Hours community
  • Brand Catalyst branding and content creation that helps you engage your audience, raise visibility and build a thriving author platform
  • Social media consulting on strategies for garnering media attention and audience engagement and development of coherent, captivating content marketing that builds your audience
  • Creativity coaching about living a flourishing writing life
  • Abundance coaching
  • The Fire: consultations about agent query letters, targeting literary agents; consultations about publishing "companion pieces" in mainstream news outlets and magazines, literary journals to make the case for your book; consultations about publishers and other places to submit your work
  • Consulting on leading retreats for writers, creatives, wisdom teachers and body-mind-spirit healers

In gratitude

Thank you to all of my beautiful writers for joining me in a community that is intellectually rigorous and emotionally supportive.

Be brave, be light, be you!