writer cv

Karen Wyld is a freelance writer and author living on the coast south of Adelaide.

Professional background includes: social research, community development, training and education, Aboriginal health, social housing, event management, community arts, and ex-bookshop owner.

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 fiction

Children’s non fiction book – Heroes, Rebels and Innovators: Inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from history – Hachette July 2021 (Illustrated by Jaelyn Biumaiwai)
Novel – Where the Fruit Falls, UWA Publishing 2020
Short story – Unmoveable Mob, Mod Museum, 2021
Short story – Clatter Tongue, Borderlands NT 2020
Short story – we live on in story in After Australia anthology 2020
Short story – For Their Own Good, Meanjin Spring Issue 2018
Debut novel – When Rosa Came Home, 2013

Awards and recognition

Borderland’s First Nations Writing Award for short story Clatter Tongue.
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

Where the Fruit Falls:
Longlisted in Australian Book Industry Awards 2021
Shortlisted in Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2021 for Indigenous Writing
Recipient of the 2020 Dorothy Hewitt Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
Awarded inaugural 2018 First Nations Writers Hardcopy Scholarship
Short-listed in 2017 Richell Prize


First Nations Australia Writers Network
SA Writers Centre

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.
Project work for First Nations Australian Writers Network, 2016 to 2020.
Writing workshops for Writers SA, 2014 and 2015.