The purpose of Karen's book talks is to promote literacy. Her talks usually include how she evolved as a writer, the writing life, an introduction to the work, a short reading, a discussion of issues raised by the reading, an oral storywriting exercise involving the audience, and questions and answers. The audience should be a maximum of three classes, with not more than 100 students. This session is suitable for grades 6 through 12.
Customized writing workshops are available for all ages -- children, teens, and adults. The maximum audience size is 30 participants. Workshop themes can include word play (using intuitive writing to generate story ideas and learn writing techniques); how to bring new life to a work in progress; developing character, plot, and setting; how to create stories from real-life experiences; how to create a believable fantasy or science-fiction world.