Creative Residency at the Bloedel Reserve & Meeting Natalie Goldberg

IMG_4553 In March, I was lucky enough to be an artist-in-residence at the Bloedel Reserve. The Bloedel Reserve is a unique public garden located at the north end of Bainbridge Island. Their mission is to “enrich peoples lives through a ... Read More


Writing Tall Tales in the Classroom

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For nine years, I’ve been a WITS Teaching Artist (Writers-in-the-Schools). This blog post, available in full at the Seattle Arts & Lectures website, details my residency at Blue Heron School in Port Townsend, WA. If you’re interested in ... Read More


Reading THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, 11/13

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Join me this Friday night, November 13, 2015 at 7:30pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. I’ll be giving a free reading alongside poet Roberto Ascalon. It will be a short, hour-long program to send you out into your ... Read More


My Creative Writing Prompt on Rookie

Illustration by Ana Hinojosa.

This week I contributed the writing prompt to the magazine Rookie. Learn more about slipstream and then follow the prompt to write your own piece.

Greetings, Rookies! I’m Karen Finneyfrock, and I write poetry, YA novels, and short stories. Here ... Read More


Curating the Jack Straw Writers Program

I will act as curator for the 2016 Jack Straw Writers Program.

The Jack Straw Writers Program was created in 1997 to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio, to develop their presentation skills for both live and ... Read More


Work-in-Progress Reading with Roberto Ascalon

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Thanks to a grant from 4Culture, I’ll be giving a reading of new work at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 along with Roberto Ascalon.

I’ll be reading from my third YA novel, a ... Read More


Fall Round-Up!

I have BLOG SHAME. It’s been sitting at the bottom of my To Do list all summer, hoping for a rainy day or for me to be trapped in an airport. But how can the blog compete with sun, summer ... Read More


Join me in class at Hugo House

This February and March I’m teaching a class for adult writers at Hugo House. There are still a few seats left. Join me!

Building Your Young Adult Novel

Do you feel like you’re writing without a map? Creating great scenes ... Read More

Seattle City of Literature & an Icelandic Translation

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Karen with Bragi Olafsson

The Icelandic translation of my short story, Before We Go Quiet, is here.

I wrote and then read this piece at a Seattle City of Literature event at Elliott Bay Books at the end of ... Read More


Indie’s First at Local Bookstores

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Karen with Indie’s First founder Sherman Alexie

November 29 was the second annual Indie’s First bookstore event. An idea hatched by Sherman Alexie and Janis Segress from Seattle’s Queen Anne Book Company, Indie’s First is a day when authors get ... Read More