“Cat came prepared to give our teens real hands-on training in crafting stories.” —Linda Landi, Senior Collection Development Librarian

CAT WINTERS is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author of five novels for teens: In the Shadow of Blackbirds, The Cure for Dreaming, The Steep and Thorny Way, Odd & True, and a novel about Edgar Allan Poe’s teenage years, The Raven’s Tale. She has been named a Morris Award finalist, a Bram Stoker Award nominee, and an Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and her young adult novels have appeared on Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist best-of-the-year lists, as well as numerous state lists.

Cat’s first picture book, Cut!: How Lotte Reiniger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation, is a 2024 Oregon Book Award Finalist and received starred reviews from Horn Book and School Library Journal.

Cat lives outside of Portland, Oregon.


About the Visit

Cat has spoken at high schools, middle schools, libraries, and writing festivals nationwide and has taught writing workshops for children, teens, and adults. She holds degrees in drama and English from the University of California, Irvine, and loves adding theatrical, interactive touches to her appearances. For her history-themed talks, she typically brings along props and PowerPoint presentations packed with visuals to allow the past to come to life. Below is a sample of her program offerings:

Strange, Dark, & Haunting History: Cat explains how she uses little-known and overlooked moments in history to create her novels and describes her process of turning historical research into stories. She encourages students to explore the history of their own communities and families to discover how their lives have been shaped by the past.

Bringing Historical Legends to Life: Cat discusses The Raven’s Tale, her 2019 novel about the teenage years of Edgar Allan Poe. She shares her process of crafting a novel about a real-life historical figure, talks about our collective fascination with myths and legends, chats with students about private vs. public personas, and, if time permits, leads a short group writing session that celebrates Poe’s love of language and emotion.

NEW for Younger Grades!

Lights, Camera, Scissors, Action! Using her debut picture book, Cut!: How Lotte Reiniger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation, illustrated by Matt Schu, Cat will introduce students to animator/inventor Lotte Reiniger and show how to create silhouette characters and stop-motion animations. The program combines STEM, art, and history.


“It was a pleasure to host Cat Winters at Manchester Township High School, where she addressed our faculty and student body in two 50-minute presentations through PowerPoint slides and a lecture about her thoroughly researched novels.”—Marjon Weber, Manchester Township High School, New Jersey

“She gave them writing exercises, shared her experience, and provided our teen authors useful feedback. The teens who attended her workshop came away with good ideas and another tool or two in their writers’ toolbox.”—Linda Landi, Senior Collection Development Librarian, Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries, Vancouver, Washington

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