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.
Interview with Sofie Laguna, Winner of the Mile Franklin Award 2015 (ACT Writers Centre 13 October 2017)
How Does She Do It? Juggling Work, Life and Motherhood. (Friday November 10, 2017)
Mums. Can we really have it all? Family, life and career?
Join us over a light lunch as we investigate if the perfect balance between motherhood, work and life is achievable or just a myth.
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.
Click here to find out more
Previous Speaking Engagements
Canberra Writers Festival 2017
Karen hosted two sessions at the Canberra Writers Festival in August 2017
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
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
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