THE ONLINE CLASS
FOR DESIGNING AND DE-STRESSIFYING THE WRITING LIFE

 

Catalyze your writing in 2023 and meet with a success unexpected in common hours

UNCOMMON HOURS 2023

Membership in the Uncommon Hours track includes:

  • 10 live monthly calls with QandA
  • 2 live webinars [from Scotland and Taos]
  • Guided meditations
  • Productivity hacks
  • Nature/art immersives
  • Invitation to free quarterly virtual write-ins and readings
  • Monthly writing prompts
  • Rhythm of Life micro-disciplines
  • Creative Soulfire practices
  • Mastering Resistance exercises
  • Vision-making statements and trackers
  • Affirmations and invocations that help you manifest pages
  • Guest speakers

Uncommon Hours is a community that is alive with writers and creatives like you who want to finish their passion projects—and do it by activating their joy, imagination and inner wisdom. 

Find out how potent the combination of contemplation, creative visualization and solidarity with a creative, supportive community can be. 

Join us in the Castle in the Air community!

WHY UNCOMMON HOURS?

Writing time is not common time.

If you’re frustrated with the effort of finding time to (at last!) write that book, essay collection or story collection—even themed Medium posts that help you explore it and find your audience—then welcome to Uncommon Hours, a community built around an online course about designing and de-stressifying the writing life.

You’ll get a toolkit of habits, hacks and practices that actually work for real writers. (I would say they are time-tested, but you may groan at the pun.) Plus, you’ll gain a whole new community of collaborators who are working it out, just like you are.

The format—a monthly slate of on-demand classes and live community meetings—work together to give you a robust experience for the skills and practices you need to be a thriving writer.

You may sign up for one, or both, at any time.

Join our warm and welcoming community.

Tap into the science.

Gain emotional fortitude.

And write those beautiful pages with us.

THE MAGIC OF UNCOMMON HOURS

Reclaim your time for what really matters

Master your rhythm of life

Activate your creative soulfire

Learn about the science of emotion so you can harness your emotional style in your favor

Deepen your meditation practice so you can weather anything with passion and grace

Mine your inner world so you become a master of originality

Activate your imagination and ingenuity

Hold a harmonious relationship with your Resistance (sometimes known as your Inner Critic, sometimes known as your Worthy Adversary, sometimes known as your mom)

Harness the power of your Resistance so you are a mighty force

Master creative visualizations and the power of affirmations

WHAT’S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?

With Uncommon Hours, you’ll know your creative process better than anyone else. 


What helps you finish your passion project? First you get curious about how
you write a book.

what you get
WITH UNCOMMON HOURS

Breakthrough insights

A rhythm of life you can sustain—because it’s yours

A network of collective care. You have a safety net. You have built-in accountability. You have a supportive community that will help you sharpen your focus, deepen your practice and stay on track.

You’ll learn how to:

Stay inspired

Support yourself as a writer with self- and collective-care

Tap into your own sacred rhythms

Practice the art of attention and improve your focus

Gain mindful mastery over your unhelpful thoughts and untempered emotions

Truly, deeply appreciate the creative being you are

HOW TO SIGN UP
for UNCOMMON HOURS

BUNDLE WITH A STORY CATALYST MEMBERSHIP

You’ll get all the writing craft tips, publication strategy and support of a Story Catalyst membership, too, and save $20/month!

Story Catalyst members get monthly classes that help them move from idea to outline, from idea to first draft and from revision to publication. Find out about our upcoming slate of classes here.

 

THE UNCOMMON HOURS CALENDAR

Join the community at any time during the year. You save $30 per class with a basic membership. Or join us for a one-time pass for $77. If you decide after one session to convert to a membership, we'll credit you and get you set up for a full experience of the most supportive writing community you'll ever know.

JANUARY

Artful Intentions and Soul-Fired Goals

TIMESPACELOVE DISCIPLINE
THE UNCOMMON MORNING

  • The problem with intentions
  • How soul goals fire you up
  • Uncommon Morning disciplines
  • The Advance Confidently invocation

FEBRUARY

Tell a Better Story, Be a Happier and More Productive Writer

TIMESPACELOVE DISCIPLINE
THE UNCOMMON HOUR
  • How to reframe your story about yourself as a creator
  • Your inner critic is not invited
  • The What to Remember Upon Waking invocation

MARCH

TimeSpaceLove

TIMESPACELOVE DISCIPLINE
THE UNCOMMON SPACE

  • Let your writing space be a map of your desire
  • Hack your work ethic
  • Spiff your space
  • Find your third place
  • Practice the Found Time microdiscipline
  • Make friends with pens and notebooks
  • Create an altar or meditation space

APRIL

Fertile Confusion

TIMESPACELOVE DISCIPLINE
THE UNCOMMON EVEN-ING
  • The practice of curiosity
  • The Let Sit invocation
  • Welcoming the confusion
  • Fertilizing your ingenuity
  • How to invite the beautiful question

MAY

Still Writing:
The Sweet Sacred Space

TIMESPACELOVE DISCIPLINE
WEE SMALL HOURS
  • How to take a tender stance
  • Why writing is better than chocolate
  • Stillness as a practice
  • How affirmations really work

JUNE

Retreat, Then Advance

TIMESPACELOVE DISCIPLINE
DEEP TIME
  • The art of disappearing
  • Give yourself a writer retreat
  • Make a plan for advancement
  • The “Red Thread” practice

JULY

Since Time and I Quarrelled

TIMESPACELOVE DISCIPLINE
STOPPED TIME
  • The Warrior Sits meditation
  • Meeting the Resistance
  • Uncommon forms of time
  • Writer mind/editor mind
  • “Four Thousand Weeks”
  • Dispelling myths we have about time will set you free

AUGUST

Scriptures, Guideposts and Milestones

TIMESPACELOVE DISCIPLINE
GUIDEPOST TIME
  • Best trackers to use
  • Identify “scripture” books
  • Make a Reading Like a Writer plan
  • The White Stone Day meditation

SEPTEMBER

A Renaissance of the Imagination

TIMESPACELOVE DISCIPLINE
THE IMAGINAL SPACE
  • How to date your Muse
  • Cultivate your imagination through interrelated arts
  • Invigorate your writing with sensory detail
  • Activate your subconscious through dreamwork

OCTOBER

Contemplative and Active Solidarity

TIMESPACELOVE DISCIPLINE
UNCOMMON ALLIES
  • Can your best friend be a book? Literature therapy

  • “Just This” contemplative meditation

  • Identify your spirit animal writer (or literary agent, or publisher)

  • Master the art of asking

  • Strengthen your writing community

NOVEMBER

Talent vs. Grit

TIMESPACELOVE DISCIPLINE
UNCOMMON BRAVERY
  • Be brave, be light, be you! Practices for writing bravely
  • Master the art of retrieval: How to be your own best admin
  • Meet three opponents of your writing: Solitude, poverty and perfection
  • Do a time inventory
  • Find the source of your grit
  • Know the particular flavor of your talent

DECEMBER

Significance and Identity

TIMESPACELOVE DISCIPLINE
THE SOULFIRE
  • How to know the significance of your work
  • How to use GIFT goals
  • Harness your creative soulfire
  • Vision-making practices
  • A plan for re-visioning: My story, our story, THE story

 

WHO'S ADVANCING CONFIDENTLY WITH UNCOMMON HOURS

Uncommon Hours for me has been a source of grounding in a year of upheaval and uncertainty. Carolyn invites us to see writing not as a hobby or a pastime, but as a core vocation around which the rest of life needs to arrange itself. Writing is the pull in our psyches into which we fall into our deeper truth; it is the dance which invites us to step from the sidelines into the circle of belonging. Carolyn gives us tools, community, and structure to support our writing life. We peer over the edges of the chasms of self-doubt, confusion, and procrastination and, naming them, gives us a wee map around and through them. Throughout the series she offers us quotes, images, and stories which connect us to writers across landscapes and time who encourage us and remind us we are not alone; that the way through our words is trustable. By the end of the series I have found that the need to write is not only a dance but a discipline, and, having practiced the steps, I can stretch myself beyond the tired old narratives and fly.

CAROLYN METZLER

Albuquerque, NM

Carolyn makes writing accessible and fun. Carolyn is patient, kind and very skilled, I will not outgrow her experience and expertise.

ANNE CAMERON

Park City, UT

Carolyn Flynn’s outstanding online course, “Uncommon Hours," provided inspiration and new learnings to keep me moving forward toward completion of my first novel.

ELIZABETH PRIBULSKY

Dallas, TX

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If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU

REFUND POLICY

While we recognize that life has its disruptions, we have a strict refund policy. We must do this because we commit many hours to prepare the content and materials. In addition, we incur costs to advertise the course.

For this class, no refunds are possible.

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