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Karen Krossing



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Karen Krossing grew up in Thornhill, Ontario, with a family who loved to read. What could she do but read too? Karen began to create stories and comic books when she was eight, and she continued this habit by writing poetry in high school. By then she was hooked on books, so she studied English at university then became a book editor and a technical writer. After Karen had kids, she began writing fiction for children and teens. Karen believes that writers' groups and workshops are an excellent way to nurture creative growth and innovation. She regularly conducts writing workshops for adults and children. Karen lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.
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Book Talks
The purpose of Karen's book talks is to promote literacy. Her talks usually include how she evolved as a writer, the writing life, an introduction to the work, a short reading, a discussion of issues raised by the reading, an oral storywriting exercise involving the audience, and questions and answers. The audience should be a maximum of three classes, with not more than 100 students. This session is suitable for grades 6 through 12.
Writing Workshops
Customized writing workshops are available for all ages -- children, teens, and adults. The maximum audience size is 30 participants. Workshop themes can include word play (using intuitive writing to generate story ideas and learn writing techniques); how to bring new life to a work in progress; developing character, plot, and setting; how to create stories from real-life experiences; how to create a believable fantasy or science-fiction world.
Punch Like a Girl,
Orca Book Publishers, 2015

Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2014

Cut the Lights,
Orca Book Publishers, 2013

The Yo-Yo Prophet
Orca Book Publishers, 2011

"Profanity" in Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls
Sumach Press, 2008
Deb Loughead and Jocelyn Shipley (eds.)

Second Story Press, 2005

Take the Stairs
Second Story Press, 2003

"Dragon's Breath" in Opening Tricks
Thistledown Press, 1998
Peter Carver (ed.)

The Castle Key
Napoleon Publishing, 2000
Performances and Exhibitions
2007-2013 Toronto Public Library
Writing Workshop Leader and Editor of Young Voices Magazine

2006-2009 Centennial College
Writing Instructor

2006-2009 Pegasus Studios
Writing Workshop Leader

2005 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week
Author Tour, Quebec

2005-2007 Presteign Heights Public School, Toronto

2003 Centennial College, Toronto
Writing Workshop Leader, Canadian Children’s Book Camp
2015 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for Canada
Category: Writing
For: Bog

2014 Ontario Library Association Best Bets selection
Category: Writing
For: Bog

2011 Best Book for Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre
Category: Writing
For: The Yo-Yo Prophet

2011 Ontario Library Association Best Bets Honourable Mention
Category: Writing
For: The Yo-Yo Prophet

2009 Best Book for Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre
Category: Writing
For: Cleavage

2008 Best of the Year, Resource Links
Category: Writing
For: Cleavage

2006 Best of the Year, Resource Links
Category: Writing
For: Pure

2005 Nominated, Ontario Library Association White Pine Award
Category: Writing
For: Take the Stairs

2000 Best of the Year, Resource Links
Category: Writing
For: The Castle Key

1998 Finalist, Thistledown Press Young Adult Short Story Competition
Category: Writing
For: "Dragon's Breath"
Other Memberships
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
The Writers' Union of Canada
The Canadian Children's Book Centre
The International Board on Books for Young People

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