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, where I teach in-person and on-line writing classes for teens and adults.


These are tough times for everyone. I’ve been a serious, daily for almost 15 years, but somehow have been surprised at how much a brief period of writing can soothe my mind right now. I’m extending the gift of writing to others looking to connect, get creative, and find calm during this time of collective social isolation.

  • ONLINE WRITE-INS: During the stay-at-home period, I’m hosting FREE online writing sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. (Details below.)
  • ONE-ON-ONE SUPPORT (ages 11-18): I’m expanding my one-on-one coaching schedule to teens and tweens during the quarantine. Let’s use this time to develop your creative voice, finish that novel you’ve been dreaming about, or polish up your best material to submit to contests and scholarships. I can help with essays and academic assignments too! (See my rates.)
  • POP-IN WORKSHOPS (for groups/schools): Hire me to add some creative juice to your online curriculum! I’m an experienced group facilitator and have led tons of workshops for young readers and writers schools, libraries, and online. I’m available for author chats and lessons on specific craft topics. Tell me what your class is working on, and I’ll bring engaging, authentic exercises that get your students excited to write. (See my rates.)

COVID Creative Write-Ins with Katie
(18 and up)

Mondays, 12:00-12:45pm EST


Join author and writing instructor Katie Bayerl for a 45-minute online write-in. We’ll use this mid-day break to do brief writing exercises that get your creative juices flowing and help you stay excited about your writing projects and mentally calm during quarantine. Expect a focus on fiction, with a sprinkling of poetry and personal reflection. We’ll begin with some of my favorite open-ended writing activities and evolve with the interests of the group.

This session is open to experienced writers and newer writers who are ready to use this stay-at-home period to discover their stories.

COVID Creative Write-Ins with Katie (teens & tweens)

Wednesdays, 12:00-12:45pm EST


Join young adult author Katie Bayerl for a 45-minute online write-in designed specifically for writers ages 11-18, including those who’ve previously taken classes with Katie at GrubStreet, in their school or library, or online. This is a chance to get back in to that story you always wanted to finish or to discover new ideas to keep you happily occupied during the quarantine. We’ll do lots of fun prompts that get those creative juices flowing, and there will be time to share ideas and connect with other writers too.

These weekly sessions are a great supplement to online schooling and homeschooling.

Download Zoom and register to get the link.


Regular non-COVID Offerings

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.

Get in touch.

What my students say…

This class was by far the best class I have taken at GrubStreet. The class was loaded with excellent reading examples, in class exercises, take home exercises, resources for present and future, in addition to being a very well-held space — meaning, the instructor created an atmosphere that brought out the best in everyone. Katie is an excellent teacher. Her skillful attention to detail, sensitivity to individual needs and time management cannot be overstated.

–Maura Cunningham, student, Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel in Progress

Katie Bayerl’s craft lessons were GOLD. I liked the authority with which she spoke and the range of resources she suggested. From the very beginning I could tell this course was working for me because she introduced the terminology of the Third Rail (the main character’s “misbelief”); this was shorthand that resonated with me—so the lessons allowed me to access areas in my story that needed work… I was very impressed with this course, and I’d take another one with Katie in a heartbeat.

–Katherine Wolff, student, Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel Builder (online)

The constructive, encouraging tone that Katie set, the resources she chose, and the writing exercises she gave were powerfully inspiring. She was encouraging but pointed and clear in her feedback.

–Anne Cadigan, student, Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel Builder (online)

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

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

Book an Event

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

contact me

2020 Workshops & Events

GrubStreet (teens)
Novel Writing Immersion Week
June 29-July 2

GrubStreet (online)
Jumpstart Your YA/MG Novel
6 weeks, starts July 15

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

Pacific Coast TeenSpeak Novel Workshop

Texas Book Festival

Thousand Islands Book Festival

The Work Conference

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

Providence Public Library

Reading Memorial 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