Final Reading Youth Novelist Project


I’m thrilled to announce the culmination of my project, The Seattle Youth Novelist Project. Join us as we celebrate at a Final Reading on Friday, October 28 at 7:30pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. This summer I mentored four young ... Read More

What the Statue of Liberty Would Say on KUOW

I’m honored to have a poem featured on KUOW’s The Record. You can listen to the poem, The Newer Colossus, and Elizabeth Austen talk about it in the context of the presidential election. Listen here. ... Read More

Free Classes through Seattle Writes!

Seattle Writes - Programs and resources to support Seattle writers

I’ll be teaching two free classes this fall for Seattle Public Library Seattle Writes Program. My course is called CONFLICT: THE MACHINE OF FICTION.

This is a great workshop for anyone working on a novel at any stage. I’ll help ... Read More

My poem in Split this Rock’s Top 20


After a lengthy summer break full of writing, it was nice to come back to a note from the Managing Director at Split this Rock.

Just a quick note to let you know Split This Rock just shared ... Read More

The Seattle Youth Novelist Project


Seattle Youth Novelist Project

I’m excited to announce a new project for summer, 2016. Staring in June, I will mentor four Seattle-based youth novelists through a program called The Seattle Youth Novelist Project. Through a series of meetings in-person or

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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


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