STAR (Stay True And Real) Writing Circles for Young People with Cate Berry

Everyone wants young people to write well—teachers, parents, future college admission boards—but before craft and technique can mean anything, young people need to know who they are and what lights them up. They need an honest teacher to hold space, give tender encouragement, keep confidentiality and turn up the FUN faucet with writing. Long story short, they need a creative writing mentor. During weekly writing circles, Teacher Cate uses on-the-spot prompts, art, music, outside walks and snacks (very important for writing) to help kids find and form a sacred writing space together. When kids focus on process over product, their writing soars.


Who is this class for?

Introverts and Extroverts

Big talkers and Silent watchers

Risk takers and Poetic Dreamers

Kids who love to write and kids who don’t

Anyone who want to belong to a group


Who is this class not for?

Students who like to make fun of others

Bullies and Sly Jabbers

Young people that exclude people of race, gender, LGBTQ+ individuals

People that already know everything

Fall Classes begin August 8 & 9! First trial class is free.

Cost: $280/4 classes or monthly

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 High School Group (Two spots left)

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 Middle School (in South Austin! Three spots left)

To register contact Teacher Cate by text or email:

Text: Cate Berry 512-773-3067

Email: [email protected] or visit classes at

Cate Berry is a creative cliff diver, a playful communicator, a hard-core listener, an addict for the color pink and a belly-laughing lover of life. She’s visited forty-nine out of fifty states, published six children’s books and holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In earlier lifetimes, she was a professional actress in New York City and a songwriter with an album of original music. The ocean is her favorite body of water but Texas rivers come close. Her motto is ‘Fate Loves the Fearless’ and teenagers always surprise her, in the best possible ways.