Karen is an active public and motivational speaker. If you wish to invite her to speak at an event or festival, please see the "Contact" page on this website.

Upcoming Events

A Bilingual Literary Soiree with Canberra en Francais

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Previous Speaking Engagements


Interview with Sofie Laguna, Winner of the Miles Franklin Award 2015 (ACT Writers Centre 13 October 2017)


Canberra Writers Festival 2017

Karen hosted two sessions at the Canberra Writers Festival in August 2017

Click here for the program

At the festival, Karen interviewed Nicola Gates about her book "A Brain for Life" on ways to limit the risk of developing dementia as you age.

Karen also talked to Jessica Friedman about her essays on post-natal depression from 'Things that Helped'.

Canberra Writers Festival: August 2016 (in conjunction with Melbourne Writers Festival)

Panellist: 666ABC Big Book Club with Alex Sloan 

Host: Morning tea with Rosalie Ham and Marion Halligan

Host: Nick Earls Novellas The Wisdom Tree

Coffee and Papers with Sally Pryor from The Canberra Times

Kiama Readers Festival October 2016

Panel Discussion Don't Mention the F-Word! Reading Fiction v Non-Fiction MC : Bruce Elder Jeff Apter, Christine Paice, Karen Viggers, Richard Glover and Debra Oswald. Part of the Saturday 15th October events of the inaugural Kiama Readers Festival held at The Pavilion, Kiama. A big thankyou to our great audience, the authors, and all our volunteers.

Goulburn Book Festival November 2016

Karen gave a talk about creating stories and getting published

International  Women's Day Motivational Speeches

Berrigan Shire Luncheon 2016:

Firbank Girls Grammar School Melbourne 2015

Recent Public Talks

How Does She Do It? Juggling Work, Life and Motherhood. (Friday November 10, 2017)

The Write Stuff: Finishing your NaNoWriMo novel with Karen Viggers (Ages 16+) (Gungahlin library: 29 November 2017

 This workshop will cover:

  • the tools you need to push yourself over the finish line– or at least to meet your goals;
  • how to approach writing the final chapters;
  • where to find motivation and inspiration when the target seems so far away; and
  • what to do after you’ve finished the first draft.

Events in France April 2017:

Mots en Marge bookshop (20 April 2017)

Le Furet du Nord bookshop, Lille (21 April 2017)

La Griffe Noire bookshop, St Maur (22 April 2017)


Noted Festival Canberra: Writers Uncorked: A smorgasbord of literary conversation. May 2017.

Animal Rights Writing (Tuggeranong Arts Centre: Lakeside Literary Lounge). May 2017. Panel with Irma Gold, Sam Vincent. Chair: Nigel Featherstone.


Hawkesbury Library: June 2017

Picton Wollondilly Library: June 2017

Thirroul Library NSW: April 2017

Queanbeyan Library October 2016

Parkes Library (NSW): September 2016 ("Finding Stories in Australian Landscapes")

Young Library (NSW): September 2016

Corrimal Library (NSW): August 2016

Sutherland Shire Library (NSW): August 2016

Brighton Library (Victoria): March 2016 ("Tips for Writing and Getting Published")

Croydon Library (Victoria) : March 2016

Goulburn Library (NSW): February 2016

20 Unrehearsed Questions, Muse Cafe, Canberra: February 2016

Berrigan Library (NSW): July 2015 ("Fictionalising Environmental Issues")

Coff Harbour LIbrary (NSW) July 2015

Yarra Junction Library (Vic): May 2015

Kiama Library (NSW): May 2015


Patron Snowy Mountains Readers Writers Festival 2014, 2015

Patron Wildlife ACT (2017 - ongoing)

Judge: ACT Fiction Publishing Awards 2016 

Judge: Snowy Mountains Readers Writers Festival Young Writers Competition 2015