FREE SUMMER Library workshop for TEENS

Summer Reading Kickoff Weekend: Writing Stories: Build a Character, Demolish a Stereotype Workshop

Sunday, June 18, 2017 (1:00PM – 2:30PM)

Bellevue Library

Thanks to a grant from 4Culture, I’ll be leading a series of FREE WORKSHOP for teen writers

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Bibliophilia Storytelling Festival- Karen reads June 22

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I can’t wait to be part of Bibliophila this year. I’ll kick off the festival as part of a unique event. I’ll read the opening chapter of my work-in-progress, The Year We Ruined The House. After the reading, a ... Read More

Day of Writing at Bloedel Reserve, April 22, 2017


I’m looking forward to leading a workshop at The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island this April. Come join me, the astounding Natalie Goldberg, and Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel for a day of walking, reflecting and writing. More from the Bloedel ... Read More

Search for Meaning Festival


I’ll be reading as part of the 2017 Search for Meaning festival at Seattle University. This might be the most important time for me personally to attend an event like this.Seattle University’s

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Residencies Revealed: Writers Tell All

Seattle Writes - Programs and resources to support Seattle writers.


On Sunday, January 29 at 2pm at Seattle Public Library, I’ll be participating in a panel called Residencies Revealed: Writers Tell All. It’s FREE!

Join us for a two-part discussion where we’ll hear about what residencies offer writers. First, ... Read More

It was a lovely reading at The Sorrento


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


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