Paper Wings offers writing workshops, coaching, team building, and other creative experiences that bring people together to hone the power of the individual voice and story in relation to the collective, universal experience.

Katie McCleary, creator of Paper Wings, is a seasoned facilitator, nonprofit yogi, successful entrepreneur, and sought after public speaker and writing coach. She has over 17 years of engaging leaders and their teams to think more creatively, strategically, and with vision and purpose.

StoryLabs, Sumptuous Sundays, and other creative workshops are located in the Sacramento region.

People fill their cup through generative writing and shared storytelling. Each session opens with a “Story Sermon” which illuminates the theme and aesthetic of the day, which is a collage of themes, objects, and surprises that help guide participants as they create written work. People write in three spurts, for between 10-30 minutes. Discussion focuses on what’s been written, craft, lifestyle leadership, and the nuts and bolts of the writing life. Each session includes delicious food and other creative gifts—literal and figurative—to keep you on your journey.

Paper Wings coaches successful people who want more writing, reflection, and self-growth in their busy lives. Typically, the main goal of this practice is to arrive to a place where he or she can share resonate stories of impact. These stories could be published, delivered on stage, or (simply) told at the dining room table.


Story Labs

It’s called a lab because writing your story requires the right space, energy, and inspiration. Like being in a Petri dish, you will evolve and grow as a writer by experimenting with your voice and memory. Let’s get to the root of you.

Sumptuous Sundays

A Sumptuous Sunday gathers people who identify more with the feminine side of their life. Here, we write—with courage—about the wholeness of our lives. We think about the kaleidoscope of the feminine experience. I designed this for the workaholic, stressed-out woman I was and for the woman I became.

Executive Coaching, Teams, & Community

From giving story-based, high energy keynotes to hungry audiences to coaching the busy executive to finish their book to facilitating a team day where colleagues bond over individual stories and collective strengths. Or maybe you just want to pick my brain about the varied paths to living a more creative and passionate life, or what it takes to start a nonprofit, or how to raise thousands of dollars overnight, or which publishing path to choose. I’ve been around the block a few times. Let’s see what paper planes we can fly together.