Hi, I’m Dr. Kate !

productivity coach & author 

I am a productivity researcher and coach who specializes in intentionality, habit formation, mindfulness, and slow living. My clients range from PhD students to tenure track professors to self-employed creatives. You can book a session with me here.

I hold a PhD in Rhetoric and an MFA degree in poetry. You can view my CV here.

I run the blog The Tending Year, which aims to make self development and productivity accessible and applicable, and I send out a twice-a-month newsletter, The Tending Letter.

You can listen to my interview with Kate Snowise on the “Here to Thrive” podcast here. You can read more about my publications here and order a copy of my book Tend to It: A Holistic Guide to Intentional Productivity here.

You can contact me about speaking engagements, consulting, and publication opportunities here.

Announcing Tend to It: A Holistic Guide to Intentional Productivity!

In Tend to It: A Holistic Guide to Intentional Productivity, Dr. Kate Litterer teaches her favorite tools, practices, and approaches for accomplishing personal and professional goals without sacrificing rest, hobbies, and relationships. Through step-by-step instructions and 21 guided exercises, Dr. Litterer teaches readers how to improve their habits, goals, focus, and boundaries around work and technology. No matter where you are right now on your journey—if you feel overwhelmed and stuck, or if you feel curious and energized (or some combination of both)—this book will help you accomplish your goals with intention.

You want to boost your productivity without feeling overwhelmed. I want to give you a free habit formation guide to help you do exactly that. Click the button below and I’ll send you a guide to making real changes by building habits fueled by intention and purpose.



Both my doctoral and independent research focus on the contributions of the writer and musician Lisa Ben. Using queer and feminist methods, I analyze the ways that Ben rhetorically reeducated her readers and audiences about lesbianism during the mid-20th Century. During my PhD, I was one of nine applicants awarded a 2018 LGBTQ Research Fellowship, funded by the ONE Archives Foundation, IncI intend to make my research freely and publicly accessible on the website lisabenography in 2020.


The Tending Year

I am the creator and author of The Tending Year, an educational blog project that aims to make self development and productivity resources accessible and applicable. To see a sample of my work, please read one of my popular blog posts or subscribe to my newsletter. To read about The Tending Year in Inside HigherEd’s GradHacker, visit this link.

Coaching & Consulting

I offer one-on-one coaching sessions. You can read testimonials from my coaching clients here.

In addition to coaching, I am a trained copyeditor and work as a professional writing consultant. My past clients include: the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.