Author Archives: mckfrock

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

Reading at Grape Choice with Jack McCarthy

On Saturday –November 10, I’ll be reading at  WINE AND POETRY AT GRAPE CHOICE –KIRKLAND with Jack McCarthy!
Wine Tastings and Specials
Reserve the date–you won’t want to miss this!!!

Jack McCarthy,
Karen Finneyfrock

Mary Crane
ROX  aka  Stephen Roxborough

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Why YA?

In preparation for Cheap Coffee & Young Adult Fiction at Richard Hugo House, RHH asked me to write a blog post on the subject, “Why Young Adult?” Here’s my post.


Why Young Adult? 

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55% of YA Books are Bought by Adults?!

Cheap Coffee & Young Adult Fiction, September 27

I was thrilled this year to receive a City Artist Grant from The City of Seattle. For the final presentation of the chapters I was supported to write this summer…I will be reading from my second, not-yet-released novel, Starbird Murphy ... Read More

Karen at SAM Re-Mix

This Friday, June 1, I’ll be performing at Seattle Art Museum’s event called Re-Mix, a massive evening filled with performances including…THE STORY SLAM, curated by Christa Bell.

I’ve been writing a new series of stories for this event ... Read More