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

Young Adult Author Fest
B&N Framingham
August 18

Mansfield Public Library
(free teen workshop)
September 19

YA Novel in Progress
Starting Sept 21

Recent Events

It’s been a busy year! 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

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