the writers nest


2022 Schedule

winter session
January: San Francisco Bay Area
February: Florence, Italy

spring session
March: Florence, Italy
April: TBA
May: Florence, Italy
June: TBA

summer session
July – August: San Francisco Bay Area & Florence, Italy

fall session
September – November: TBA

other offerings:

1:1 in-person & remote mentoring sessions for writers of all ages
Inspiration/encouragement/check-ins for creative writing projects
Inscribed books for students, parents, educators

Contact me for more information ✍️

What writers who play on the page at The Writers Nest have to say:

“It’s worry-less here.” C.
“I can always count on being calm when I write.” E.
“You can let your imagination wear blue socks and run wild…” M.O.
“There are no limits on the page.” V.
“My thoughts and feelings have a way to get out.” A.


Karen Benke Visits
The Writers Nest is a nurturing space to settle in, dive deep, and commit to starting and finishing writing projects.
I’ve been at the writing game for a while and offer encouragement while structuring manageable deadlines that aren’t terrifying.
As a writing guide / mentor I lead experimental writing groups and assist reluctant writers as well as those who want their writing to cross over into publication. I’ve studied with many generous teachers and am familiar with the monkey mind tricks of avoidance, doubt, fear, and procrastination. I’ve been told I also make the process of writing fun.