About

I'm Katie, a writer, editor and journalist based in Nashville, TN. I work with freelancers and full-timers to reach their writing goals, from coaching their creative work to editing marketing copy, as well as composing online and print materials myself. More about my services and how we might work together can be found here.

One of my greatest joys is creating free materials to help writers learn more about writing creatively, improve their craft and embrace their work. I do that through two ongoing efforts -- The 52-Week Project and The One-Week Daily Writing Devotional -- as well as here, where I support writers in finding time to write, creating compelling characters, pushing through blocks and connecting with the wider creative community.

And then there's the required nitty-gritty, super-short résumé:

After studying English and creative writing at Saint Louis University, from which I graduated magna cum laude, I covered murder-suicides, police chases, protests, elections and the city's 1,000-year flood for Nashville's NBC affiliate. My journalism work is found in The Tennessean, BookPage, Tennessee Register, Nashville Scene and Advertising Week, among others. My creative writing has been in Kiln, Regime Magazine, Tethered by Letters and on the side of a Nashville transit bus.

My first book, a short story collection called Cheers, Somebody, was published in September 2017 by Vine Leaves Press.

Awards

  • Two-time winner of the Albert Montesi Award for poetry
  • Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters Best Website for WSMV, Nashville's NBC affiliate
  • Sigma Tau Delta, Int'l English Honor Society
  • Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Scholarship
  • Missouri College Media Association: Page 1 Design
  • Missouri College Media Association: Regular Column
  • LinkedIn ProFinder's Best of 2016 for editing
  • Thumbtack's Best of 2016 and Best of 2015 for highly rated writing/editing work
  • 2013 Nashville Poetry in Motion Contest, Metro Arts Commission
  • Gold Stevie Award for Customer Service Department of the Year with Emma, Inc., in the customer service awards category of 2012 American Business Awards

You'll notice that the only way to reach me is by email instead of directly purchasing online. That's because I feel there's tons of value in having a conversation first about your project's goals: I get a feel for your voice, you get a feel for mine, and then we decide to be friends forever.

Sound good? Hit that button above, and let's get to it!