Writing CV


Karen Wyld is a freelance writer and author living on the coast south of Adelaide. She writes fiction and non-fiction that seeks to contextualise colonisation, displacement, the Stolen Generations, homecoming, resistance and rights. She’s currently a Masters candidate, exploring how magic realism is used to articulate time, belonging and Country in Aboriginal-authored text.

Skills and experience
My professional background includes social research, community development, training and education, Aboriginal health, social housing, youth work, project management, event management, community arts, social enterprises, and small business (bookshop owner, consultant and freelancer).

Currently Studying

Master in Creative Arts (Research). Working title: Unearthing Blak Magic: Panoramas of agency and resistance in Aboriginal magic realist text.

Freelance writing

Opinion pieces and articles published by SBS/NITV, Indigenous X, Meanjin, Al Jazeera, Guardian, and more

Book reviews for Books+Publishing, Sydney Review of Books, Indigenous X and Meanjin

Published works of fiction

Novel Where the Fruit Falls, UWA Publishing, 2020

Short story ‘we live on in story‘ in After Australia anthology, Affirm Press 2020

Short story For Their Own Good, Meanjin Spring Issue 2018

Debut novel When Rosa Came Home, 2013

Appearances and Events

Jaipur Literature Festival – Adelaide, 1 – 3 November, 2019
Context: Winter Writing Festival, Adelaide, July 2019

Workshops and projects

Judge for HarperCollins 2019 Commercial Fiction Fellowship for First Nations Writers

Australia Council for the Arts peer assessor

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers workshop, Mildura, for PEN Melbourne, June 2019

StoryWeaving Workshop (writing + basket weaving) for Writers SA, November 2018

Writers SA Writers & Readers in Residence Project, writer residency, and presenting workshops in the library, schools and art centre in Ceduna, September/October 2018

Storytelling workshops at schools on Tiwi Islands NT, with Indigenous Literacy Foundation, May 2017

Consultancy-based project work (inc social media) for First Nations Australian Writers Network, 2016 to present

Advice/beta reading of books and online literary resources

Writing workshops for Writers SA, 2014 and 2015

Awards and recognition

SA Governor’s Leadership Foundation Fellow

Short-listed 2019 Copyright Agency-Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellowship.

Debut novel When Rosa Came Home short-listed for 2015 SA People’s Choice Award

Manuscript Where the Fruit Falls:


First Nations Australia Writers Network

SA Writers Centre

Twitter – @1KarenWyld

Instagram – meanderingwyld

Patreon – patreon