Katie is a bestselling novelist, essayist, and attorney in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the author of fiction, including Entanglement (2015), Chasing Chaos (2016), and Fallout Girl (2018), all from Blue Crow Books. With Raven Books, she is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education (2017) and The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career (2019).
Katie writes regularly for Catapult and Women in Higher Education, and she is the founder and co-editor-in-chief of Disability Acts magazine (disabilityacts.com). She also contributes to The Establishment, The Chronicle of Higher Education and other national venues. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, where she attended on a fellowship, and her law degree from UNC School of Law. After law school, she clerked for a federal judge, practiced law, and earned her doctorate from UNC-Greensboro before joining the faculty at UNC, where she taught for seven years. She now writes full time and raises two incredible children alongside a house full of shelter pets.
Katie is a member of the Tall Poppy Writers (tallpoppies.org), a community of women writers committed to connecting authors with each other and with readers. Stay in touch with Katie via her email letter, Writing Isn’t Sexy: pryalnews.com.
WRITING AND CONSULTING
Author of Novels
- Entanglement: A Hollywood Lights Novel (Velvet Mornings Press 2015, 2nd Ed. Blue Crow Books)
- Nice Wheels: A Novelette (Velvet Morning Press 2015, 2nd Ed. Blue Crow Books)
- Love and Entropy: A Hollywood Lights Novel (Velvet Morning Press 2015, 2nd Ed. Blue Crow Books)
- Chasing Chaos: A Hollywood Lights Novel (Velvet Morning Press 2016, 2nd Ed. Blue Crow Books)
- How to Stay: A Hollywood Lights Novella (Blue Crow Books 2017)
- Fallout Girl: A Hollywood Lights Novel (Blue Crow Books 2018)
Author of Nonfiction books
- A Short Guide to Writing About Law (Pearson Education 2010)
- The Legal Writing Workshop: Better Writing, One Case at a Time (Research Triangle Press 2010, 2nd edition 2015)
- Core Grammar for Lawyers (Carolina Academic Press 2011, 3rd edition 2017)
- Core Grammar for College (Carolina Academic Press 2013)
- How Writing Works (Oxford University Press 2014)
- The Complete Legal Writer (Carolina Academic Press 2016)
- Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education (Raven Books 2017)
- The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career (Raven Books 2019)
- Writing Coach
- Developmental Editor
- Creative Writing Workshop Instructor
- Legal Writing Consultant
- Website Consultant and Writer
Freelance journalist and essayist for various publications such as Catapult, Quartz, Dame Magazine, The Toast, Slate, Women in Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Vitae, and more.
Columnist for Women in Higher Education. 2016-present.
Columnist for Chronicle of Higher Education Vitae. 2014-present. Series “The Freelance Academic,” on adding freelancing to your academic life, and “Life of the Mind, Interrupted,” on mental health in academia.
Previous Journalism Positions:
Columnist, The Carolinian. Weekly Column: “Southern Semantics.” University of North Carolina Greensboro. 2006-2007.
Staff Writer. Brentwood Magazine, Los Angeles. 1998.
Staff Features Writer. News and Record, Greensboro. 1997.
Staff Writer and Associate Photography Editor. The Chronicle. Duke University. 1995-1997.
Duke University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Course: Narrative Writing, 2016-2017.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- July 2014-Dec. 2014 | Clinical Associate Professor, School of Law
- July 2011-June 2014 | Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Law
- Jan. 2010-June 2011 | Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Law
- July 2007-June 2011 | Lecturer, Department of English and Comparative Literature
Elon University School of Law, Greensboro, NC
2008-09 | Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
University of North Carolina Greensboro
2004-06 | Graduate Instructor, Department of English
Admitted to Practice Law in North Carolina State and Federal Courts
Pryal Law, PLLC
A boutique law firm in Chapel Hill, NC, that focuses on contract negotiations and corporate entities.
The Hodgman Law Firm, Greensboro, NC
2005-06 | Associate Attorney. Part-time associate in worker’s compensation firm; prepared cases for mediation; drafted civil complains to accompany WC claims
United States District Court, Elizabeth City, NC
2003-04 | Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Terrence W. Boyle, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
McSurely and Osment, Chapel Hill, NC
2002-03 | Law Student Intern. Assisted in civil rights plaintiffs’ litigation, evaluated depositions, conducted research, and drafted complaints
North Carolina Justice Center, Raleigh, NC
2001-03 | Law Student Intern. Assisted in political asylum cases, collecting witness statements and conducting research, often in French language
Turner, Enochs & Lloyd, Greensboro, NC
2002 | Summer Associate. Assisted in a variety of cases, including bankruptcy and estate law cases.
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Composition
August 2007 | University of North Carolina Greensboro
Concentrations in Rhetoric & Composition, Critical Theory, and Rhetoric of Law
- UNCG English Department Norman Fellowship Recipient
- UNCG English Department Tuition Fellowship Recipient
- UNCG English Department Graduate Assistantship Recipient
- UNCG Hennis Travel Fund Award recipient
Actions in the Affirmative: Pragmatism, Pedagogy, Law, and the Affirmative Action Debate. Director: Hephzibah Roskelly. Readers: Stephen R. Yarbrough and Christian Moraru. This project combines rhetorical and legal theory with pragmatic philosophy to analyze the affirmative action debate.
Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies
May 2005 | University of North Carolina Greensboro.
The Honorable Terrence W. Boyle, Chief Judge
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2003-04
May 2003 | University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC
Admitted to practice law in North Carolina State and Federal Courts
- UNC School of Law Dean’s List 2001-2003
- North Carolina Bar Association Pro Bono Award
- UNC School of Law Pro Bono Recognition
- Research Assistant for Professor Walker Blakey
Master of Arts in Creative Writing
May 2000 | Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars
- Fellowship Recipient
- Writing workshops in nonfiction narrative and poetry
- Master’s Thesis in Narrative Writing: The Rapist, My Love
Bachelor of Arts in French and English
December 1997 | Duke University Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
- Minor in Women’s Studies
- Duke University Advanced Non-fiction Writing Course Best Essay Award, Spring 1997
- Study Abroad at the University of Paris, 1997
- Writing workshops with Mary Oliver, Joe Ashby Porter, Deborah Pope, Christina Askounis, and David Kellogg
- Associate Photography Editor of the Yearbook (1995-96) and the student newspaper (1996-97)
- Competed as a member of the intercollegiate Duke University Equestrian Team, 1994-97