Katharine Duke Lecturer, The Cook Family Writing Program, The School of Professional Studies

Katie Duke has been teaching writing for more than 18 years. Currently, she is co-teaching a course called Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) through Northwestern University’s School of Engineering and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. She also teaches expository writing classes at Northwestern University’s School for Professional Studies.

Duke owns her own company, Better Business Communication. Through this company, she teaches writing seminars and workshops at various businesses and educational institutions in the Chicagoland area. Her specialty is business and development writing. Some of her most popular workshops include Writing for Results: Effective Letters, Memos, and E-mail Messages, Writing with Style, Advanced Business Writing, Proofread Like a Pro, Writing for Someone Else’s Signature, and Polishing Your Prose. Katie has also worked individually with many employees at many organizations to enhance their writing.

In addition to teaching workshops and seminars, Katie works as a freelance writer, specializing in newspaper, newsletter, and magazine articles as well as fundraising proposals, reports, and stewardship letters. Some of her clients have included Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, U.S. Cellular, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, The Evanston Community Foundation, Rotary International, and the American Medical Association.

Before becoming a freelance writer and writing instructor, Katie spent eight years at Northwestern University in various administrative positions, most recently director of development for the Medill School of Journalism.