Building a Community of Practice for Writers with Karen Odden

  • Saturday, April 15, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Building a Community of Practice for Writers

Please join us for USA Today Bestselling author Karen Odden’s newest workshop: “Finding your People: Developing your Community of Practice as an Author.” 

As the publishing industry has changed this past decade, authors are increasingly required to handle their own community outreach, including marketing, PR, their website, book launches and zoom events, and social media. Furthermore, Covid forever altered the way authors connect to readers, to libraries, to bookstores, to professional groups, and to each other. 

With personal anecdotes and industry knowledge, Karen shares her journey toward discovering a “writing community mindset” and discusses some specific, professionally productive and emotionally fulfilling ways to engage with the writing community, to both find support and give back.

Karen received her Ph.D. in English literature from New York University and subsequently taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Her first novel, A Lady in the Smoke, was a USA Today bestseller and A Dangerous Duet and A Trace of Deceit have won awards for historical mystery and historical fiction. Down a Dark River introduces readers to Inspector Michael Corravan, a former thief and bare-knuckles boxer. The sequel, Under a Veiled Moon, is a 2023 nominee for both the Lefty and Agatha awards.

Prior to receiving her Ph.D. in English, she worked in publishing at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and McGraw-Hill, as a Media Buyer for Christie’s auction house in New York, and as a bartender at the airport in Rochester, where she honed her listening skills. She is a member of Sisters in Crime (National), Desert Sleuths (SinC Arizona) and Mystery Writers of America.

Karen lives in Arizona with her family, and she loves to hike the Sonoran Desert.

For more information about Karen go to or connect with her on Twitter @karen_odden and Facebook @KarenOddenWriter

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We are the Sacramento, California chapter of Sisters in Crime. We promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

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