Even though writing is a solitary activity, that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.

Sometimes being able to share the process of writing your story down is what keeps you coming back to your project day after day.

The CoffeeShop Writers Group is a 6-Month program in our own virtual coffee shop, complete with live monthly support meetings, two individual meetings with Caroline, resources + worksheets, and a private online community that’s there for you to share in 24/7. A safe, supportive community of writers, who are ready to put an idea down on paper for real

Weekly encouragement, exercises, and resources in your inbox from Caroline as we explore scene structure and character with the support of the tarot

Monthly live video conference meetings with the whole group to share the writing process together

An intimate community that is capped at 10 members

A private website to keep you on track and in touch with the community

Resources to learn more about tarot, if you want to expand your knowledge

A framework that will help you create tight + effective scenes and
unforgettable characters

Build the confidence to know you are writing and there’s no going back!
Dal "I was seriously looking for a new direction in life. I really really needed to hear from someone about my writing YOU CAN DO THIS and I BELIEVE IN YOU. It was something I never heard as a kid when I dreamt of writing and give up the dream. Caroline has massively helped me believe in myself. I am utterly gobsmacked and delighted that she has helped me step over this new threshold. I believe in myself as a writer – whatever that means. I feel a huge gap in my life has been filled, that I am going to do something I’ve been waiting to to do for 30 years."
Terri "I felt very positive and thrilled to be working with you, having listened to and loved your podcast for some time. I knew you were the right person for me to work with and I knew that the timing was right for this focus in my life. Working with a kindred soul for whom writing, reading, coaching and tarot are all great loves was the best experience to set me off on a positive, inspired and grounded start as I work on my own writing and coaching business, with a side of tarot! Thank you so much for the gift of your coaching, Caroline."
Melissa “I wanted to share a bit of news that you definitely had a hand (or word) in making possible. When you did a book consultation with me, you suggested I try a technique of just sitting down and rewriting entirely from memory. To make a long story short, and a short story much better, that, I'm certain, was the technique that finally brought the story into focus. The happy ending is that it was accepted for publication. Thank you.”
FOR LESS THAN ONE NIGHT IN A RITZY HOTEL, GET A COMMUNITY BEHIND YOU AND YOUR WRITING AND GET THIS BOOK WRITTEN IN 2018. My individual clients have moved mountains in our work together. I have seen how much this program has impacted people’s lives the first time we ran it, too.

Your story is important, and I want to see you get the support you need to make it happen.

If this program is calling you, I encourage you to say yes. This could be the year you write your book.

How much longer do you want to wait?
$ 179 today AND THEN 5 MONTHLY
You’ll be charged $179 today,
and then $179 5 more times
at monthly intervals.
Even though writing is a solitary pursuit, you don’t need to do it alone. For the past 15 years, I have written more productively in groups than I ever did alone. Online community is a powerful thing. Being connected through interest without the limitations of geography, we come together to take brave steps toward the finish line: THE END.

Humans are meaning-making beings. Story is one of the most powerful forces we have at our disposal. Through my studies in Art History, Psychology, Expressive Arts, and Writing, I have built a method with my clients and students that brings the power of imagery together with words and helps you tell your story without being stuck and stagnant for years, fighting against yourself as you go.

I made this program for you if you have dreamed of holding your book in your hands but are afraid you might have to give up. If you’re worried that it’s just not practical to keep writing, and if you think what’s coming out on the page just isn’t good enough to make all this work worth it.

There is a way through. Let’s dive into scene and character together.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve taken writing classes in the
past. How is this different than a
basic writing class?

This is a group coaching program for writers. The difference between this and a writing class is that we are not going into the how-to of writing. This program is for writers who want to set goals, be held accountable to them, and to work toward these goals in a supportive community. If you’re looking to learn about how to write, I recommend you check out one of the many excellent courses in creative writing out there.

I’m a little bit nervous about using
technology. Is there a lot of complicated
stuff I need to know to be in this group?

If you can handle checking email, you can handle this class. You will need to have a computer and access to the internet to access your materials. The calls are hosted on Zoom, and all you’ll have to do is click a link to join when you go live for the meetings. The first time you join a meeting, you’ll have to download the service, so allow 5-10 extra minutes for that. If you don’t have a camera on your computer, we won’t be able to see you, but as long as you have headphones and internet, we’ll hear you just fine.

Based on previous student feedback, we’ll be switching to a new group resource site instead of Facebook Groups. I have tested all the told we’ll be using and will have a tech hand-holding video that walks you through the set-up for each component just in case you need help.

With that said, if getting a link in an email for class meetings, posting online in a group forum, or meeting in real-time once a month online feels like too much technology, this is probably not the right course for you. Please don’t sign up if you don’t want to join any group meetings, as that would mean you’d miss out on a lot of the benefits the course offers.

I love this idea, but what if I
change my mind. Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, no. I don’t offer refunds for my courses, so please be sure you’re committed before signing up. You can get to know me, and several of the guest lecturers, by listening to my podcast.

I’ll also be offering a free webinar where people interested in the class can ask all questions about the program before signing up. You can sign up for that webinar here. If you’ve missed the webinar live, sign up and you’ll be emailed a link to the replay.

I really need support and accountability
right now and am unsure if I want to do
1:1 coaching with you or join this group.
How do I decide?

I love that you’re open to support in pursuing your goal. Congratulations! I love working with 1:1 clients and see incredible results with them. If you want to pursue that kind of work, you can apply here. What’s special about a group is that you really get the sense of going after your writing dream with 11 other people who want the same thing. There’s a kind of magic that occurs when like-minded groups come together. In addition, if finances are a concern, this program is half the monthly cost of my 1:1 6-month coaching program, with the added benefit of the FB group to connect with classmates, weekly inspiration and goal emails, and your twice-monthly q+a calls with me and with the guest lecturers.

This all sounds great to me, but my life is
pretty busy. How much of my time will
being in the program take?

Great question. Making space for your writing life is something you’ll need to make a priority in order to get everything you can out of the program. That said, the amount of time you can expect to spend is the following:

  • 1-2 hours per month in group or bonus video meetings
  • 2 30-minute individual meetings with Caroline during the course of the program
  • 30 minutes or more a week to check in about your writing goals and progress in the group
  • At least 20 minutes a day spent on your own writing. You may choose to take more time to do exercises from the emails or keep going when writing is going well, but this is the average minimum time to make progress
Will I have to share excerpts of
my actual writing for critique?

In this incarnation of the CWG, we WILL be sharing actual work for the first time. In the final two weeks of the course, we will share a character sketch and a scene to discuss. This will be for the sake of discussion and discovery rather than as a writing craft critique. If you are looking for a rigorous craft experience as your primary objective, a creative writing program may suit your needs better. This group is for accountability, exploring the structure and methods of creating scenes and character, and reaching the goals you set for your writing.

Can you lay out the logistics of the group?

Absolutely. Once you sign up, you’ll be sent an orientation email. Class begins officially on July 9th.

Each Monday, you’ll receive your weekly letter in your inbox with writing encouragement and exercises for the week. In that letter, you will also find links to upcoming video meetings, as well as recordings of previous meetings.

The first week of class, we’ll warm up and get settled into the group. We’ll set our goals and intentions for the session and introduce ourselves. The following 21 weeks, we’ll work through each suit and then the Page through King cards. We’ll have a catch-up / working week and then finish the course by presenting characters, then scenes, and wrapping December 16th.

LIVE Q+A CALL DATES AND TIMES: Live Q+A calls will be on Sundays, to allow the maximum number of people to participate. CALL TIMES TO BE CONFIRMED UPON GROUP CLOSE: A time zone survey will be sent out once registration closes. Call times will be set so that everyone can participate, even if this requires two smaller group call options. THE DATES FOR GROUP Q+A ARE AS FOLLOWS: July 15, 2018, August 12, 2018, September 16, 2018,
October 21, 2018, November 18, 2018, December 16, 2018

How people feel about the Coffeeshop Writers Group

Straight from the students!

Kim "I LOVED the calls... Getting to hear about everyone else's progress and obstacles was really helpful. Every time we had a call, I would leave with a new perspective, tool, or mental trick to help me keep moving forward."
Claire "I have not abandoned my novel project, as I have so many times with similar projects. I am still deeply engaged with it six months down the line…I loved checking in with the weekly email on a Monday morning for the setting of that week's writing and support agenda in the first writing session of the week."
monna "Lovely chemistry. No ego. For me, it's not about beginners and advanced (I don't enjoy that language) but about where the writer is in her project and what kind of support she needs for that. Keep taking risks. Keep talking, and listening, to other writers. The book itself is the blue print ~ I love that."