Karen McKnight is a writer/performer/editor and small press publisher who has worked as a trainer, mentor and workshop facilitator with organisations such as Windana, Uniting Prahran, Family Drug Help, Headway Victoria, Roomers Magazine, Women on the Waterfront Inc, Juvenile Justice and World Vision. She has also designed and delivered many writing and career pathway projects through the Council of Adult Education, Local Councils, Health Centres, Community Neighbourhood Houses and Drop-in Centres.
Karen was the Literature Co-ordinator for The Art of Difference Festival at Gasworks Arts Park, which celebrates mixed ability within the arts. She has also coordinated and produced many small press book launches, spoken word and festival events including part of the La Mama Fiction series at, La Mama Theatre.
- Author and writing teacher – developing strengths in therapeutic writing processes with unique perspectives/themes
- Mentor – assisting individuals in identifying and accomplishing goals
- Editor – publishing anthologies and small press journals
- Developing initiatives for teaching of writing craft, particularly for students with disadvantage, complex backgrounds and disability
- Leadership with the ability to help people frame their own stories for personal improvement
- Trainer – with the capacity to design training modules & deliver technical skills in digital literacy and web publishing
- Passionate interest in creation of new initiatives in the arts that involve individuals, communities and caring organisations
Education & Training
Karen holds undergraduate degrees in Professional Writing and Editing as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has also completed Masters subjects in Communication at RMIT, Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing at Melbourne University. She is currently undertaking a Diploma of Counseling from AIPC and is completing a MA in Writing and Literature at Deakin.
Cover image: cover artwork for ‘It’s No Small Thing’ – Stories of Loss, Grief and Hope, by people living with Acquired Brain Injury. Edited by Karen McKnight