WRITER. MENTOR. COACH.
become the writer you're meant to be.
Welcome! I help you write the stories you need to write.
It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening.
Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.
Helping women write their truths has been my passion for almost two decades. It began when I was in the middle of working on Ready for Air, a memoir about my older daughter’s premature birth. The more I talked about the project, the more raised eyebrows and glazed eyes I encountered. One person even said, “Oh, you’re writing about your baby. How, um, sweet.” I began to realize that my writing was not being taken seriously because my subject matter had to do with motherhood.
So even while I was writing the first draft of my memoir, I knew I was involved in an uphill battle to get it taken seriously. But this was a book I was passionate about writing, one I felt deserved to be out in the world. My solution was to keep writing, and also to develop a creative nonfiction class for women interested in writing about their experiences as mothers. I wanted to create a place where women could give written expression to their lives as women and mothers, where their writing would be taken seriously as art, where it would be supported and critiqued.
That was the beginning of my work dedicated to helping women writers write about the complexities of their lives. And over the years I discovered exactly what I expected: women crafting memoirs and essays dealing with issues of identity, loss and longing, neurosis and fear, ambivalence and joy. I found stories about transformation and how the authors see themselves in relation to the world in which they live. Last time I checked, this was the stuff of which real literature was made.
Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience.
“When I began working with Kate, my proposal was a lump of clay. Through example, gentle guidance, and positive reinforcement, Kate taught me how to sculpt and I—not someone else—carved that lump of clay into the Adonis it always had the potential to be. As a result of having done the work, with Kate as my coach and cheerleader, I came to know my story much better than I would have otherwise. The whole process with Kate has made writing my book much easier than it would have been if I hadn't internalized the book's themes and brilliant structure that Kate helped craft.”