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 a variety of 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 the Boston-based creative writing center, GrubStreet, and I direct an exciting new initiative for diverse young writers out of Vermont College of Fine Arts, called the VCFA Young Writers Network.

If you’re a teen who loves dreaming up stories (or who would like to give it a try), you should 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 and book groups in the Boston area and am available by Skype for others. (I can help arrange discount book orders for schools too.)

Get in touch.

I’m available to lead workshops too.

I’m an experienced educator and have taught most genres (fiction and essays are my favorites!) to youth of all skill levels and abilities. 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 makes my workshops different?

I’m far more interested in talking to teens about their stories than my own. My approach is highly interactive—lots of sharing, experimenting, and exploring craft ideas through different modes. Whether I’m leading a session on crafting compelling characters, facilitating a novel-writing boot camp, or speaking about my experience as a professional writer, I always begin with—and come back to—the stories of the youth I teach.

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

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Upcoming Events

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

Cape Cod Teen Writers Conference
August 4, Marstons Mills

Boston Teen Author Festival
September 23, Cambridge Public Library

Trident Booksellers & Cafe
October 12, 7pm
with 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

Recent Workshops

Essentials of the YA Novel
May 5, Muse & the Marketplace

YAWP Writing Camp
Feb 21-24 @ GrubStreet

Careers in Publishing
February 4 @ EmersonWrites