You did not mean to live the life unwritten.

It’s time to write your book, the one that illuminates the path of the here, now and forever.

Whether your enduring path is fiction, memoir or trade nonfiction,

I can lead you to the truest sentence you know.

The Story Catalyst online classes

Two new online classes debut in Fall 2019 — The Story Catalyst I: Writing First Pages That Sparkle and The Story Catalyst II: Writing Pages with Presence

Ireland Writing Retreat - Summer 2020

Join us for this generative and restorative writing retreat in Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way in Connemara for Summer 2020.

Retreat, Then Advance: A Map for the Writing Life

For years, I have been stealing fire from heaven. Which is to say, I’m a creative.

I’ve been looking for a way to get the word out more directly and more frequently so that I can guide more of you to the life of the written. I want to help you create work that feels targeted and joyful – work that captures significance and is not fleeting.

I’ve decided that the best way to engage with you on the big questions you have about writing would be in my new blog, “The Story Catalyst.” Click on through to learn more about how you can engage on the topics, but here’s a preview. 

The SoulFire, and Other Ways to Steal Fire from Heaven

About how to maintain that creative soulfire and not let the light go out

The Unwritten @ the Story Catalyst

Full of practical tip sheets about writing craft and the publishing world

Ms. Persephone

  • In which I give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the characters in my novel, Searching for Persephone;
  • In which I write about what it means to be creative, female and autonomous;
  • In which I remain, as ever, fiercely feminine and enthralled with the masculine mystique;
  • In which I write about contemporary themes from the ancient Greek myth of mothers and daughters, Demeters and Persephones, their passion and their grief

Vox + Luz

Which includes my Daily Light photo posts, as well as musing about finding your voice even when you are disrupted or silenced

Faith and Meaning

About the search for love, faith and greater truths in a time of flux

The Fallen and The Falling

A photo blog, which at its heart contains my father’s greatest life questions about abundance, impermanence and forgiveness. 

We are either The Fallen or The Falling.

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The Possibility of Story

Peter Pan, magical kisses and the place where we can come home When the twins were small, we used to make up stories together, stories that would...


How to Launch a Publishing Career, Or a Young Woman in Venice

What’s the word for “water taxi” in Italian? The day my friend Maureen and I arrived in Venice by train, this is what puzzled us. We needed to find...


The Essence of You: Be Wild, Be Daring, Don’t Mind

I want to be five years old again. I want to be this little girl who doesn’t wonder what people think of her. She is a little wild and a wee bit...


Testament of Love

What do you believe about love? Read Isabel’s Testament of Love, hard-earned wisdom embedded with the truth of lived experience, which comes about one-third of the way into my novel, “Searching for Persephone.” What do you know now that you didn’t know then?


Love Heals: The Grief Project

          Time doesn't heal. Love heals. When you lose someone, the people around you often don't know what to say. "Time...


Atomic creativity: What Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Oppenheimer and a fidelity to a life of contemplation taught me about inspiration

As creatives, we can draw inspiration from imagining ourselves in a soul-stirring setting. An expansive place that opens our minds to new horizons,...

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