Creative Coaches

Kati Standefer Creative Coach

Katherine E. Standefer | Writing Coach and Teacher

Kati Standefer teaches trauma writing, sex writing, and illness writing classes across the country, including in Tucson, and works one-on-one with writers digitally (and in person when possible). Her unique embodied pedagogy helps writers navigate the physiological hurdles, social barriers, and craft challenges to telling stories of the body, drawing on more than 30 hours of training at the Arizona Trauma Institute and countless hours of her own research and healing work. Kati is a Certified Sexologist who has provided sexuality education to more than 8,000 people. Her trauma writing coaching clients have called her their "Spiritual Director," for the way she gently nudges writers toward complimentary healing modalities (read: woo af) that help unlock their stories. If writing is an act of power, anything that cages our power is a craft issue.
Kati's own writing appeared in The Best American Essays 2016 and was selected as Notable by the series in 2017 and 2019. Her first book, Lightning Flowers, is forthcoming from Little, Brown Spark in 2020, and was shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. She earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Arizona and also teaches for Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA program.
Services offered: Manuscript Readings ($140 for up to 25 double-spaced pages)
Creative Coaching 4-session package ($495)
Warm-Up Package: Write 4 new essays and revise 2 within 3-4 months ($595)
MFA Application Support Package ($395); Manuscript Diagnostics ($1200 for up to 150 pages, and $6/page after that).
Trauma Writing Coaching: Five 1-hr sessions weekly or biweekly, including feedback on up to 10 pages of writing ($777)
See Kati's full calendar of upcoming classes here. 
"This was my first writing class ever. I was nervous - unsure if I could hold my own. Kati blew away my fears with the kindest breath, welcoming my story and beckoning forth new details, descriptions and angles. It was a revelation; I thought I could only tell my story one way. Kati taught me differently - through prompts, exercises and masterful facilitation. I gained not only new skills, new friends and a new community, but a whole new way of seeing my narrative."
— Daisye Orr, illness writing and trauma writing student, Olympia, WA
"I hired Kati for two creative coaching packages with the hopes of getting my blog back up and running. Her guidance, assignments, and feedback didn’t just reinvent my approach to personal narrative; it reoriented my entire approach to my own healing. Kati’s insistence that I see my trauma healing as non-negotiably body-based, not something I could hide in the verbal or intellectual, changed the trajectory of my life. Since working with Kati, I’ve graduated from talk therapy, embraced somatic healing, and am even changing the direction of my career toward bodywork. I cannot thank her enough for acting as a model for trauma survivorship, and for showing me the true, messy meaning of wellness."
— Chrissy Tolley, creative coaching client, Tucson, AZ
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