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

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.

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Get in touch.

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

2019 Workshops & Events

Washington Park Library
Providence, RI
January 8, 3:30pm

GrubStreet (teens)
Scintillating Scenes
January 12

GrubStreet (adults)
YA, Why Not?
January 25

GrubStreet (teens)
Creative Writing Camp
Feb 19-22

826 Boston
Burke High School
March 5

The Work Conference
Guest Author
Dedham, MA
March 30

Muse & the Marketplace
“The Literary Page Turner”
April 6

GrubStreet (teens)
So You Want to Write a Novel
June 24-28

GrubStreet (teens)
Killer Plots & Scenes
July 29-Aug 2

GrubStreet (adults)
Finding Your Story’s Spark
August 3

Pacific Coast Children’s Writers Workshop & Retreat
TeenSpeak Novel Workshop
Sept 19-22

GrubStreet (adults)
YA/MG Novel in Progress
10 weeks, starts Sept 26

GrubStreet (online)
YA/MG Novel Builder
8 weeks, starts Oct 2

GrubStreet (teens)
Writing on the Edge of Our Seats
October 26

Mass Book Awards
Holiday Dozen
Cambridge Public Library
December 11, 6:30-8:30

Recent Events

I’ve been honored to lead workshops & participate in events at:

Boston Teen Author Festival

Cape Cod Teen Writers Conference

The Muse & the Marketplace

NYC Teen Author Festival

Texas Book Festival

Thousand Islands Book Festival

The Writing Barn

826 Boston/O’Bryant HS

Acton-Boxborough High School

Community Day Charter School

Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School

GRLZ Radio

Highland Park High School
Ron Farrell Lecturer

Fenway High School

St. Mary’s/Bay View Academy

Topeka West High School
Michael L Printz Author-in-Residence

Connolly Library

Derry Public Library Book Fest

Hopkinton Library

Mansfield Public Library

Shrewsbury Public Library

West Roxbury Library
Lois Lowry Fellow

Wilmington Memorial Library

Winthrop Public Library

Andover Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Books Inc, San Francisco

B&N Boston

B&N Peabody

B&N Framingham

B&N Worcester

Porter Square Books

Tres Gatos JP

Trident Books & Cafe