“Writes evocatively” The Age (Melbourne) Magazine
“(Miscellaneous Mum) contains well-written and heartfelt musings on life and love.” Notebook magazine
“Andrews’ style has an austerity and sophistication that suspends and transfixes you.” Kirsten Krauth
Karen Andrews: BA (Cultural Studies and Cultural Policy), MA (Literature)
Author and Publisher at Miscellaneous Press
Former Program Manager at the Emerging Writers’ Festival and Projects Officer at the Centre for Youth Literature (CYL) at State Library Victoria
Mentor for Writers Victoria
I am represented by New York literary agent Ethan Ellenberg
On The Many Shapes Bodies Will Take, Miscellaneous Press, 2017
‘The Defiant Night’ (poem), Tincture, ed. 12, 2015
‘Where are all the Bookshops?’ (essay), Island 131, 2012
Crying in the Car: Reflections on Life and Motherhood, Miscellaneous Press, 2012
‘After the Fact’, The Emerging Writer, 2012
‘An Existence in Heat’ (short story), dotdotdash, ed.8, 2011
‘Fashion Faux Pas’ (poem), page seventeen, 2011
‘If the Blood Had Come’ (essay), Sound of Silence: Journeys Through Miscarriage, 2011
‘Blessed be the Fish’ (poem), Verandah 26, 2011
Miscellaneous Voices: Australian Blog Writing #1 (editor and publisher) (Miscellaneous Press, 2010)
Surprise! (Miscellaneous Press, 2008)
‘Miriam and Mildred’ was awarded the Alan Marshall Short Story Award (local division), July 2017
‘A Writers’ Strength’ – Highly Commended (local division) in the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award, July 2017
‘A Brother’s Funeral’ – Highly Commended in the 2015 Write Now! Short Story Competition
‘On the Many Shapes Bodies Will Take’ – Highly Commended in the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award 2013
My poem, ‘At The Park‘ won the poetry division of the Ellen Gudrun Kastan Literary Awards in July 2009
“(This poem) lightly though pointedly…observes three generations at the park, and comments on the human comedy of their inter-connected cross-generational fate.” Judge, John Jenkins.
‘The Appointment‘ was awarded the Alan Marshall Short Story Award (local division) in June 2008.
“Moving and tautly-written, every detail rings true in this piece.” Judge, Cate Kennedy.
Media mentions include Sunday Life magazine, Australia Today magazine, and Mamamia and multiple metropolitan and regional newspapers articles and radio appearances.
Finalist in the 2012 Best Australian Blogs Competition (Parenting category)
Finalist in the 2011 Best Australian Blogs Competition (Personal/Lifestyle category)
YouTube and the Indulgence of Memory, July 2013, The Wheeler Centre
The Wheeler Centre Working with Words, November 2012
Kill Your Darlings Podcast with Estelle Tang on Miscellaneous Voices
‘From Blog to Brand: An Interview with the Miscellaneous Mum‘ (PR Warrior)
‘Writing Mothers: Karen Andrews’ by Kirsten Krauth (wild colonial blog)
Book review of Claustrophobia by Tracy Ryan in The Big Issue, Aug 2014 and The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters in The Big Issue, Sept 2014
‘5 new apps for primary school children‘ Essential Kids
‘Taming the tresses‘ Kidspot
‘Seventeen Inches‘ The Hoopla
‘Birth according to plan – or not!’ Melbourne’s Child Website
‘Beyond Twelve Months: What are the issues of breastfeeding the older infant?’ in Coles Baby Magazine
‘Climate Control’ in Coles Baby Magazine
Browne, K (2000) A post-Freudian interpretation of Matthew Lewis’ The Monk. Masters Thesis: Macquarie University.
Areas of Writing Interest
Children’s Health; Literature and Wider (Pop) Culture; Blogging, Personal Narrative and Memoir.
I am a mentor for Writers Victoria. A mentoring session is 90 minutes long, and this includes my reading a sample of your work ahead of the meeting. As the website states: “A mentor can help you with all aspects of the craft of writing and provide assistance in setting goals, using time effectively, keeping motivated, retaining focus, building confidence and developing strengths.”
Ongoing mentoring hours are then pre-purchased in six-hour blocks (if required).
I am also available for 30 minute Skype consultations (with no prior reading), at which time you may ask any questions you like about blogging, writing or publishing. These questions should be submitted before the Skype conversation.
Please note: these meetings are better for people who need one-off assistance; longer, more comprehensive mentoring opportunities are best pursued through the above mentoring program.
If you’d like to learn more about Skype consultations, please visit the shop.
Blogging and Writing Workshops and Speaking Engagements
I am a certified trainer and have developed several courses aimed at primary, secondary, and adult education levels of literacy and computer knowledge.
If you are interested, email me for course outlines.
I have spoken many times at schools and writing festivals about writing, creativity, and the processes involved in writing and publishing.
Freelance Writing and Editing
I have structural and copy editing experience, but I do encourage you to contact me first as I am selective when choosing editing projects.