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.
February 6: BRISBANE: Wednesday: Launch of The Orchardist’s Daughter at Riverbend Books
February 12: SYDNEY: Tuesday: Meet the Author - Karen Viggers at the Stanton Library 1PM, with Constant Reader Books
February 14: CANBERRA. Thursday: Launch/Meet the Author - Karen Viggers at the ANU with Alex Sloan
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 23: JUGIONG Writers Festival. Panel with Holly Throsby, moderator: Deb Stevens
March 28: Bookface Gungahlin, BookClub Discussion: The Orchardist’s Daughter.
June 21/22: MILTON Storyfest 2019, Milton, NSW
A Bilingual Literary Soiree with Canberra en Francais
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
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