Karen is an active public and motivational speaker on a wide range of topics including: writing in nature, creating characters, developing dialogue, writing a novel and getting it published, finishing a large writing project, editing and polishing, recording family stories, and work-life balance: juggling commitments to include creativity. She also interviews other writers and moderates panels at literary festivals.

To invite Karen to speak at an event or festival, please contact her agent, Fiona Inglis at Curtis Brown Australasia.

Email: fiona@curtisbrown.com.au

Upcoming Events


February 6: BRISBANE: Wednesday: Launch of The Orchardist’s Daughter at Riverbend Books

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February 12: SYDNEY: Tuesday: Meet the Author - Karen Viggers at the Stanton Library 1PM, with Constant Reader Books

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February 14: CANBERRA. Thursday: Launch/Meet the Author - Karen Viggers at the ANU with Alex Sloan

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February 19: BOWRAL: Tuesday: Bowral Library

February 26: MELBOURNE book launch at Readings Bookshop Hawthorn with Kylie Ladd

February 27: LAUNCESTON book launch at Petrarchs Bookshop

February 28: HOBART launch at Fullers Bookshop with Katherine Johnson

MARCH 2019

March 23: JUGIONG Writers Festival. Panel with Holly Throsby, moderator: Deb Stevens

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March 28: Bookface Gungahlin, BookClub Discussion: The Orchardist’s Daughter.

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June 21/22: MILTON Storyfest 2019, Milton, NSW

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Recent Events

A Bilingual Literary Soiree with Canberra en Francais

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

Interviewed Jonathon Drori - author of Around the World in 80 Trees and high profile TED speaker (Canberra Writers Festival 2018)


Canberra Writers Festival 2016, 2017, 2018: panel participant and moderator

2017: Karen interviewed Nicola Gates author of "A Brain for Life" and Jessica Friedman author of 'Things that Helped'.

2016: Panellist: 666ABC Big Book Club with Alex Sloan. Interviewed: Rosalie Ham and Marion Halligan and Nick Earls. Coffee and Papers with Sally Pryor from The Canberra Times

Kiama Readers Festival October 2016 (panellist)

Goulburn Book Festival November 2016 (delivered workshop on pathways to creativity and getting [published).

International  Women's Day Motivational Speeches

Berrigan Shire Luncheon 2016:

Firbank Girls Grammar School Melbourne 2015

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)


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.

Libraries where Karen has given free public talks

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