Caroline Donahue

Caroline Donahue is a coach for writers and the host of the Secret Library Podcast. She has worked with books for over 10 years and has served as a copywriter, editor, and proofreader at various stages in her career, although fiction is her passion. She’s completed NaNoWriMo about five times and is an alum of the Story Course and the Story Intensive. While she loves getting out to explore the world through travel and cultural events, in many ways there is nothing more appealing to her than pajamas and a book. She hangs out at carolinedonahue.com.


I have loved writing my entire life and I can’t imagine a better place to celebrate this than as part of the Story Intensive. There is something magical that happens when people come together to take writing seriously and I am delighted to lead a small group through the process. I’ve been a devotee of writing all my life, beginning as an obsessive reader, then a creative writing student, and more recently as an editor and proofreader. Language is my drug of choice. I think writing is a mystery that I’ll never quite get to the bottom of, which is one of the things I love most about it. As the host of The Secret Library podcast, it’s been my privilege to talk with some great minds on the topic of writing and how to do it well. I feel that being in a writing community can change your relationship to your writing and change what you believe is possible. This transformation began for me when I took the Story Intensive. I hope to support my group of students in building their confidence as well, and to help them believe that their writing is inevitable. There is no turning back, and this is a beautiful thing. I cannot wait!