“The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ~ Mark Twain

“There are  three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
~ W. Somerset Maugham

I work with writers of all stripes—amateur and professional, forward-moving and flailing, native-speaking and multilingual, creative and technical, fiction and non-.

Whether one-to-one, in small groups, or in workshops, whether once a week, once a month, or once a year, I have over 25 years’ experience coaching, coaxing, championing, cajoling, commiserating, critiquing, and copyediting.

I help writers:

  • Shape memories into memoirs
  • Stretch short stories into collections
  • Wrangle novels
  • Tighten essays
  • Enliven websites
  • Structure articles
  • Streamline academic prose

Got words? I’ve got ideas!


Constance Hale, author of Sin and Syntax and Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch

"I can't recommend Kate highly enough to writers who want a sharp eye and a sensitive ear." read more

Sara Loyster, novel-in-progress

"She is brilliant when it comes to elements of craft...I am undyingly grateful."read more

Freeman Ng, author of Who Am I?

"I'm not sure I ever want to write a book again without Kate looking over my shoulder." read more