Events


Karen Kao events
Teatro Farnese. Photo credit: Karen Kao

2024

5 Feb – 11 Mar 2024 | weekly 20:00-21:00 CET | online
Crafting the Lyric Essay | International Writers’ Collective
This six week online writing workshop will help you refine the techniques drawn from poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to create the lyric essay.

2023

31 Aug – 19 Sept | Whidbey Island, Washington
Writing residency at Hedgebrook!

8 June | 18:30-20:00 CET | Amsterdam
Master Class with Laura van den Berg | International Writers’ Collective
US fiction writer Laura van den Berg comes to Amsterdam to talk craft! This about how concrete sensory details create setting, characterization, and theme. Are you interested in writing into the liminal space between realist fiction and the fantastical?

3 May — 21 June | weekly 19:00-21:00 CET | Amsterdam
Level 1 Spring Workshop | International Writers’ Collective
Join me for an in-person writing workshop.

23 April | 18:30-20:00 CET | Amsterdam
Student and Faculty Reading | International Writers’ Collective (closed event)
I get to read my flash essay “Taiwan 1969”

16 April | 16:00-17:30 CET | Amsterdam
Master Class with Lola Shoneyin | International Writers’ Collective
Come listen to Nigerian author Lola Shoneyin talk about the craft choices behind her award-winning novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

8-11 Mar | all day and all night | Seattle
AWP Conference & Bookfair
My first AWP conference ever! Panels, readings, and hobnobbing galore. Add to all that a last-minute panelist role on “Native Tongues: Teaching Creative Writing to Multilingual International Students.” How cool is this?

4 Jan — 22 Feb | weekly 19:00-22:00 CET | Amsterdam
Level 1 Winter Workshop | International Writers’ Collective
I teach an in-person writing workshop.

2022

12 Nov | 15:00-17:00 CET | Amsterdam
Dipika Mukherjee book launch | Perdu
For Dipika Mukherjee’s third poetry collection, Dialect of Distant Harbors, I get to moderate the Amsterdam launch together with poets Mia You and Milla van der Have.

16 Oct | 15:00-17:00 CET | Amsterdam
Master Class with Julie Phillips | International Writers’ Collective
A wide-ranging discussion of The Baby on the Fire Escape, creativity, and how to find the time to make art

12 Oct | 12:30-14:00 CET | Amsterdam
Lecture | Amsterdam University College (closed event)
Talking about creative nonfiction and my essay “Fish Tales”

3 Oct — 28 Nov | weekly 18:30-20:30 CET | Amsterdam
Level 1 Autumn Workshop | International Writers’ Collective
I teach an in-person writing workshop.

3 Aug — 7 Sept | weekly at 20:00 CEST | online
Deep Dive into the Lyric Essay | International Writers’ Collective
A six-week online advanced course on the lyric essay.

17 July | 17:30-19:00 CEST | Amsterdam
Master Class with Jenny Offill | International Writers’ Collective
An interview followed by a Q&A on fragmentary writing, the use of humor, and the writing craft by the author of Dept of Speculation and Weather.

3 and 10 July | 10:00-13:00 CEST | Amsterdam
Intro to Lyric Essay | International Writers’ Collective
Back by popular demand, this time as an in-person workshop in two half-day sessions on the lyric essay.

12 – 18 June | Kenyon College
Kenyon Review Writers Workshop
This is my prize for winning the 2022 Short Nonfiction Contest. A week-long generative writing workshop on creative nonfiction taught by Dinty W. Moore.

11 May — 6 July | weekly at 20:00 CET | online
Level 1 Spring Workshop | International Writers’ Collective
Karen will teach an 8-week Level 1 core writing workshop.

12 January — 9 March | weekly at 20:00 CET | online
Level 1 Winter Workshop | International Writers’ Collective
Karen will teach an 8-week Level 1 core writing workshop.

2021

11 July | 15:00 CET | online
Master Class with Jing-Jing Lee | International Writers’ Collective
I get to moderate this master class by Jing-Jing Lee on her novel, This Is How We Disappeared.

16 May | 20:00 CET | online
Reading | Hill Street Women Artists Salon
Listen to me share new work with other women artists.

31 March | 12:00 CET | online
Stop AAPI Hate Vigil | Democrats Abroad Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus
A vigil to mark the Atlanta shooting of 6 Asian women.

28 February | 15:00 CET | online
Book club | Democrats Abroad Saxony & Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus
Thank you, book lovers, for inviting me to speak about my debut novel, The Dancing Girl and the Turtle.

1 February — 22 March | 20:00 CET | online
Level 1 Winter Workshop | International Writers’ Collective
Here’s another 8-week Level 1 core writing workshop, this time on Monday.

27 January-24 March | 20:00 CET | online
Level 1 Winter Workshop | International Writers’ Collective
Karen will teach an 8-week Level 1 core writing workshop.

11 August-1 Sept | 20:00 CET | online
Lyric Essay Course | International Writers’ Collective
Karen will teach a special 4-week course on the lyric essay.

29 September – 24 November | weekly at 20:00 CET | online
Level 1 Autumn Workshop | International Writers’ Collective
Karen will teach an 8-week Level 1 core writing workshop.