Karen Owen is an author and journalist and has been published extensively in the UK and overseas. Her first children’s picture book, I Could Be, You Could Be (published by Barefoot Books) was selected as one of the Summer Reading Challenge titles in 2011 and recommended by the National Literary Association. She has also written children’s fiction for BBC Magazines and is currently working on a fantasy series for 7+ years.
She has seven years of teaching experience in primary schools, specialising in reluctant and struggling readers and writers. She also runs workshops for gifted and talented students. This year she has been a member of the team behind ShoutSouth! 2013, a creative writing festival for children aged 9-13 at London south Bank University.
Approach to teaching: I like to encourage children (aged 4 to 13) to be creative in their thinking and approach as well as their writing. I start by working as a group, encouraging everyone to join in, using props, shared experiences and a healthy dose of imagination. Each writer is then given ample time to explore their own ideas on the page. I love the sounds of words, the worlds they create, and like to pass this on with the understanding that writers can be as imaginative as they want. This is especially so when we’re writing poetry or rhyming texts – the more outlandish they are, the better!
Journalism: national and regional outlets including Press Association in London.
Fiction (children's): clients/publishers include Barefoot Books (UK and US), BBC Magazines (Worldwide)
Fiction (adults): clients/publishers include Accent Press, Woman, Take A Break, My Weekly, People's Friend, The Lady.
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