I’m the author of a poetry collection and four creative writing adventure books:     Rip the Page!, Leap Write In!, Write Back Soon! and Rip ALL the Pages! 52 Tear Out Adventures for Creative Writers. A writing guide and traveling author, I create books for the young and young-at-heart to explore and expand their imaginations.  Find my books in Korean, Chinese, and Russian editions. A recipient of a few grants and awards, and residencies from Hedgebrook, Numeroventi, The Moth, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program, I lead writing adventures internationally and, closer to home, in the San Francisco Bay Area at The Writers Nest located in a converted lumber mill, circa 1892. If you would like a consultation by phone or in person, contact me at karen@karenbenke.com. If you can recommend my books at your local library, thank you! Patrons have power.


2019/2020 Schedule


Magic Mondays | 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Writing Group for Girls | 6th-8th grade

Pop-Up Thursdays | 5:45-7:30 p.m.
*   “Thank You Thursday” Letter Writing Adventures
*   Painting and Poetry Workshop with Victoria Mimiaga

Fourth/Fifth Grade Fridays | 3:45-5:15 p.m. Writing Group for Girls

Tuesday – Saturday | Individual writing consultations by appointment

Summer 2019 / Spring 2020 | Numeroventi Letter Writing Workshop | Florence, Italy
July 26
| Painting & Poetry | MVLY Art Studio | The Writers Nest
August 16 – 17 | Midsummer Writing Adventure  | The Writers Nest
September 5
| Thank You Thursday for all ages   | The Writers Nest
October 2
| Parent Talk – Reading & Writing with your Kids | Salesian College Prep

Contact me for dates, registration info, and how to sponsor students and support creative literacy! ✍️


Leap Write In

Rip The Page

Karen’s Books Available For Purchase
Press Kit: Author Photos & Book Covers