Writing cv

Karen Wyld is a freelance writer and author living on the coast south of Adelaide. She’s currently a Masters candidate.

My professional background includes: social research, community development, training and education, Aboriginal health, social housing, event management, community arts, and small business (inc ex-bookshop owner).

Writing and publishing experience

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

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

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:
Short-listed in 2017 Richell Prize
Awarded inaugural 2018 First Nations Writers Hardcopy Scholarship
Recipient of the 2020 Dorothy Hewitt Award for an Unpublished Manuscript


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.

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

Writing workshops for Writers SA, 2014 and 2015.