Karen has over 20 years of experience as a professional writer and editor. After working in-house as a Senior Production Editor for McGraw-Hill Higher Education, she launched Wise Owl Editorial, LLC, her own freelance editing and writing company, where she worked on several projects in various capacities including copyeditor, developmental editor, project manager, class test program manager, and technical writer. Karen continues to freelance for McGraw-Hill Higher Education as a technical writer and teaches technical writing and advanced writing at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Karen is also a novelist and a screenwriter, with agent representation in Los Angeles, and was recently selected to participate in the Women in Film Mentorship Program and the 2014 CineStory Fellowship. She is a 2015 Semifinalist in Universal Studios Emerging Writers’ Fellowship, a 2015 Semifinalist for the CineStory Fellowship, and a 2015 Second Rounder at the Austin Film Festival. She has a master’s degree, a degree in Feature Film Writing from UCLA-Extension, and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the American Film Institute, Women in Film, and Mystery Writers of America.
In January 2016, Karen was accepted into the Madison Writers’ Studio, where she will workshop her YA novel with Michelle Wildgen, an award-winning novelist.