Katie brings the energy, expertise and experience of the professional writer to her academic writing interventions:
- as an academic writer – (co-creator of the Advancing Academic Writing skills website at the University of Glasgow, RLF Writing Fellow, conference contributor)
- as a newspaper columnist (including, at various times, the Herald, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Scottish editions of the Times and Sunday Times) and occasional book reviewer (New York Times)
- as a historical novelist (10 novels – Puffin, Quercus, Virago – including two trilogies)
Katie’s approach is participant-centred, with all writing interventions tailored to the particular group and their particular needs. She knows the value of hands-on practice, so her sessions see participants mapping techniques directly onto their own work.
A Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Glasgow from 2011–2014 and, from October 2021, RLF Writing Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Katie also works with doctoral training partnerships and individual HEIs all over the UK. She is Chair of the panel of judges for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction, a mentor on the RLF Consultant Fellows’ programme, an RLF Development Consultant and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).