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I'm Katie.

A teacher and writer living in New York City.

Katie
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I'm Katie Winkelstein-Duveneck, a teacher and writer living in New York City.

I teach creative writing workshops at the Frick Estate Lectures and other venues, and to groups of private students. I lead a writing group at an addiction recovery program, and for over a decade I’ve co-facilitated one at a shelter.

At Hunter College and Guttman Community College, I teach English, rhetoric, literature, and interdisciplinary subjects. Some of my focuses are first-year composition, medical humanities, and writing by incarcerated and institutionalized authors.

I hold a BA in theology and creative writing from Bard College and an MFA from Emerson College.

My Philosophy


I believe every person has a unique writing voice, as individual as a fingerprint. Helping writers discover and develop that voice is the core of my teaching. This work happens best in a community of writers who can help each other explore, take risks, and grow.

My Work


Below you can see a few of the courses I’ve taught. To find out about my current offerings, ask me a question, or just say hello, please email me! I’d love to hear from you.

Creative Writing Courses

Find Your Voice
An eight-week creative writing workshop in multiple genres.

What’s Your Story?
A three-week memoir course, part of the Third Wind Network.

Writing Workshop
An eight-week creative writing workshop in multiple genres, part of the Frick Estate Lectures.

The Anti-Fairy Tale
The surprising history of fairy tales and their subversive re-interpretations; fun writing exercises inspired by readings. Part of the Hutton House Lectures.

Women of Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction
Female authors from the golden age of hard-boiled detective fiction; fun writing exercises inspired by readings. Part of the Hutton House Lectures.

There Are Two of Me Now (co-taught with poet Jenna Lynch)
Exploring the presence of the double or doppelgänger in poetry, literature, and film; fun writing exercises inspired by readings. Part of the Hutton House Lectures.

College Courses

Rhetoric of Disability and Illness
Using Audre Lorde’s The Cancer Journals and Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors as examples, we explore metaphors around disability and illness.

Expository Writing
First-year composition with a focus on dismantling systems of oppression, such as systemic racism, by approaching them as public health issues.

Prisons, Hospitals, and the Problems of Institutionalization
Capstone seminar focusing on works by incarcerated and institutionalized writers.

20th Century Literature by Women
Reading and researching works by Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Shirley Jackson, Sylvia Plath, and Lucille Clifton.

Contact Me


Queens, NY

Email: katiewd@gmail.com