Katie brings the energy, expertise and experience of the professional writer (academic, journalism, creative) to her academic writing interventions:
- as an academic writer (conference abstracts, reports, constructing workshops) – finding your voice, clarity, argument, organisation, confidence
- as a newspaper columnist (including, at various times, the Herald, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Scottish editions of the Times and Sunday Times) – marshalling facts, clarity of purpose, writing with style, wordcount, deadlines, time-management
- as a historical novelist (10 novels (Puffin, Quercus, Virago) including two trilogies) – research, scaffolding, narrative structure, writing discipline, self-editing
Through highly interactive, imaginative workshops and carefully structured writing retreats, Katie not only helps participants tackle their particular writing problems, she also shares techniques and strategies that participants can use to help others.
Katie was the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Glasgow from 2011–2014, coaching students writing in varied disciplines from first year through to PhD. She is the Royal Literary Fund Ambassador, a mentor on the RLF Consultant Fellows’ programme, an RLF Development Consultant and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).