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 Boston’s 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. I have a sliding fee (and do some free visits) for programs in high-need communities and can help arrange discount book orders too.

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. I’d love to design a workshop or series for young people (ages 12 and up) in your school or community.

Learn more about my offerings.

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

So You Want to Write a Novel?
GrubStreet Teen Camp
July 17-21

Cape Cod Teen Writers Conference
August 4, 6pm, Marstons Mills

B&N Worcester
August 26, 1pm
w/ Karen McManus & Kara Thomas

Boston Teen Author Festival
September 23, Cambridge Public Library

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

Texas Book Festival
November 4-5, Austin, TX

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