Classes & Events

The one thing I love more than writing for teens is writing with teens. A former high school teacher, I’ve taught writing in school and community settings. One of the best jobs I ever had was as editor of a girl-generated magazine. Currently, I’m on the faculty of GrubStreet, and I direct an exciting new initiative for diverse young writers, the VCFA Young Writers Network.

If you’re a teen who loves dreaming up stories (or who would like to give it a try), check out my upcoming classes!

I’m available for book clubs and school visits.

I love talking about books and writing with people of all ages. If your class or book club has read A Psalm for Lost Girls–or you’re planning to–I’d love to speak with you! I make in-person visits to schools, libraries, nonprofits, and book groups in the Boston area and am available by Skype for others. My book makes a great jumping off point for discussions about:

  • Forgiveness, healing, and self-acceptance
  • What it means to be a good girl/bad girl/real woman
  • The ups and downs of being gifted
  • Navigating family and community conflict
  • Embracing your own truth

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Get in touch.

I’m available to lead workshops too.

I’m an experienced educator and have taught most genres to youth of all skill levels and abilities. My approach is highly interactive—lots of sharing, experimenting, and exploring craft ideas through different modes. My favorite workshop topics include:

  • Finding the spark of your story
  • Creating characters with beating hearts
  • Crafting rich settings & layered plots
  • Staying motivated & inspired as a writer

I’d love to design a workshop or series for your school or community.


What my students say…

Katie offered new ways to think about stories and some cool ways to improve. I learned a lot.

–Will, 10th grade

There is a lot of sharing amongst each other, which is good because you learn what works for your writing and what can be improved.

–Johnny, 10th grade

Katie’s one of the most amazing teachers I’ve ever had. She understands when life gets in the way but always pushes you to do your best.

–Jessica, 12th grade

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To set up a workshop, school visit, or book club conversation

contact me

Upcoming Events

Bear Pond Books
Young Writers & Educators Event
September 30
Montpelier, VT
w/ Erin Moulton & An Na

Trident Booksellers & Cafe
October 12, 7pm
Boston, MA
w/ Amy Rose Capetta
& Michelle Knudsen 

Winthrop Public Library
Teen Writing Workshop
October 14, 1-3pm

Trident Booksellers & Cafe
October 24, 7pm
in conversation w
Francisco X Stork

Mansfield Public Library
Teen Writing Workshop
October 25, 3:30-5pm

Texas Book Festival
November 4-5
Austin, TX

Advanced Writer Weekend
The Literary  Pager Turner
Nov 9-12
The Writing Barn
Austin, TX

Farrell Lecture Series
November 13 & 14
Highland Park High School
Topeka, KS

Michael L Printz Author Residency
November 15 & 16
Topeka West High School
Topeka, KS

Writing on the Edge of Our Seats
GrubStreet Teen Workshop
December 9, 12-3pm