It was a lovely reading at The Sorrento

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I love doing public readings with my fellow teachers from Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools Program. Going into public schools to teach creative writing is a natural pumice stone to the ego and WITS teachers tend to be the ... Read More


Final Reading Youth Novelist Project

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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

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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

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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

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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