Events

Karen Kao events
Teatro Farnese. Photo credit: Karen Kao

2023

8-11 Mar | all day and all night | Seattle
AWP Conference & Bookfair
My first AWP conference ever! Panels, readings, and hobnobbing galore.

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 | 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.