I am so grateful for Kati’s course, The Telling Itself: Illness Narratives as Healing and Craft. This was my first writing course and Kati created a fine introduction to the craft, helping me start on a new and fantastic journey. Kati distilled so much about the craft to create focus and liveliness, without the ideas being overwhelming or out of reach. She inspired an atmosphere of discovery and ease so each student felt her own voice and understood more of her own story in a way that could only occur by group effect. No one wanted the course to end!

The impact was deep—changing how I read, think, and write. Kati helped free something in me, dissolving a fear and a holding back, leaving me with excitement to keep journeying in the country of writing.
— Julia Jurgens, The Telling Itself: Illness Narratives as Healing and Craft student
This class taught me to think about how writing about sex arouses readers and the different ways it accomplishes that arousal. Kati helped me begin to view the world with a sex positive outlook and try to confront the shame instilled from a childhood fraught with puritanical prudery. I’m blushing less, and I’m happy about that.
— Caleb Klitzke, Penning the Nasty & Owning the Nasty student
Kati is so open-hearted and wise in her craft. She is not afraid to share and examine difficult subjects; she encourages her students to expand their viewpoints, and step out of their comfort zone, while at the same time guiding us gently through terrain that can be challenging. She is one of the most knowledgeable and open-minded writers I know. In her class “The Telling Itself” I started a draft of a personal essay, about a very difficult subject, and I haven’t experimented with this form in years. Kati was also very helpful in her critique of my poems, even though her expertise lies mainly in prose. The other class members became equally engaged in the class, and the entire experience was extremely enlightening.
— Lisa Marie Cole, writing student and creative coaching client
The readings were invaluable. So often sex seeps its slippery way into my writing, and I’m at once intrigued and horrified by it. How dare you! Always showing up unwanted and unannounced, and my words always at your mercy. The readings from this course helped me see I’m not the only one. They validated that urge in me to go ahead — pen the nasty in whatever way it wants/needs to come out.
— Lora Rivera, writer and "Penning the Nasty" student
I had the good fortune to work with Kati on writing my book, Corporate Water Strategies. Kati is an outstanding writer and researcher, and, more importantly, a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her!
— William Sarni, Water Strategy Consultant, Author, and Board Member of the Rainforest Alliance
Kati took my memoir draft and elevated it from good to great. She challenged me to access richer expressions of my experience than I would have otherwise, and edited my story in a way that illuminated my voice and made the narrative sparkle with clarity and form. She knows her stuff and I recommend her without hesitation.
— Linda Curtis, Executive Coach and author of Shunned: How I Lost My Religion and Found Grace www.HonorableClosure.com

Published Writing from Kati's Classes

Student Awards and Achievements

  • Students accepted into Creative Writing MFA programs at Oregon State University, University of Arizona, Purdue University, and Washington University-St. Louis, and University of Montana, plus the Creative Writing PhD at Ohio University.
  • Lee Anne Gallaway-Mitchell won First Place in the Tucson Festival of Books 2017 Nonfiction Contest with her essay "Good Lands of Mercy."  The essay was also a finalist for the New Ohio Review's 2016's essay contest, judged by Phillip Lopate. 
  • Sara Hubbs' essay "Night Fishing" will be anthologized in an imprint of Talking Writing called "Into Sanity: Finding Meaning from Mental Illness." It first appeared on Talking Writing on March 6, 2017.