"I am trying to check my habits of seeing, to counter them for the sake of greater freshness. I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I'm doing." - John Cage


Friday, March 20, 2015

New Fiction Workshop! Technique and Finesse Fiction Workshop: April 7, May 5, June 2 and June 25 5:30-8:30 pm

Technique and Finesse Fiction Workshop - This workshop is deadline- and goal-oriented to help you move a project towards completion. Meets April 7, May 4, June 2, and June 25. 5:30-8:30 pm
You are a writer with a fiction project, book, or short story that is ready to be "unstuck": pushed further, brought to the next level, polished for publication. You seek professional feedback for developing the heart of your subject, to unearth what really matters in your novel or short story. You want to improve your skills of craft in order to write creatively so that your writing stands out as meaningful and original to an editor.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tangled Roots Writing Find the Heart Poetry Workshop March 18th 5:30-8:30 pm

I'm offering a last minute Tangled Roots Writing workshop this week because I love poetry so much - this is a fun generative workshop to play with language and form. It's for poets and any writer who wants to have fun and shake up their writing process. You will write new material that surprises you. March 18th 5:30-8:30 pm. $45. 530-386-3901

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Heart of the Matter: Essay/Magazine Writing/Memoir Workshop

This workshop is deadline- and goal-oriented to help you move a project towards completion. Meets: March 31, April 28, May 26, and June 30 5:30-8:30 pm

You are a writer with a project that is ready to be "unstuck": pushed further, brought to the next level, polished for publication.  You need professional feedback for developing the heart of your subject, to unearth what really matters in your essay or article. You want to improve your skills of craft in order to write creatively so that your writing stands out as meaningful and original to an editor.


In this small workshop, you will meet monthly over 4 months for 3 hours to discuss craft and workshop pieces in progress with the goal of finishing one or more pieces for publication by the last meeting in June.  In between meetings you will have one or two assigned reading pieces on technique to support the craft discussions.  You will get feedback from workshop members as well as myself each meeting.  You can also combine this workshop with sessions with myself as a writing coach to push your project further.  $220. Limited enrollment.

Memoir / Essay / Magazine Writing
Feedback / Technique / Readings
in a Monthly Workshop Series
Discover the heart of your subject
Develop your writing skills
Finish a project

Find a publication venue

Monday, January 5, 2015

1/12 - 2/16 Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop Series

Join a creative bunch of writers in my cozy living room for writing technique and prompts for fiction, memoir, and poetry. A 6 week kick in the butt for your writing life! Connect with a community. Improve your writing practice. Tea and chocolate provided. 

1/12 through 2/16 
6 'til 8 pm
Downtown Truckee
$140

The Monday Night Writing classes are fabulous.  Don't think you are a writer but like writing? You want to start writing but aren't motivated?  Feel a little self conscious about writing or sharing your writing? I felt all of that but wanted something more out of living in Tahoe besides mountain biking and skiing. This class is a workout for your brain and soul. It is supportive, fun and encouraging. It provides helpful criticism, no pressure and no grades. Karen is a true teacher and has created a wonderful class. – Clare

Karen Terrey, MFA, is a business and creative writing coach in Truckee, CA and offers workshops, editing, and coaching through her business Tangled Roots Writing for children and adults.  She publishes in various mediums

Saturday, November 22, 2014

New 3 wk Miniseries starting 11/24: Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop



Writing technique and prompts 
for fiction memoir, and poetry.
A 3 week mini-kick in the butt 
for your writing life!

Connect with a community.
Improve your writing practice.

Tea and chocolate provided. 

11/24, 12/8, 12/15
6-8:00 pm
Downtown Truckee
$70 or $25 drop-in

Karen Terrey, MFA, is a business and creative writing coach in Truckee, CA and offers workshops, editing, and coaching through her business Tangled Roots Writing for children and adults.  She publishes in various mediums.
email me at tangledrootswriting at gmail dot com

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beautiful Cover Art by Diane Christiansen

Earlier this year my poetry manuscript Bite and Blood was selected by Finishing Line Press to be published this fall. The limited edition chapbook is handmade by this small press in Kentucky, and includes poems inspired by relationships between people and the natural environment and history of where I live in Lake Tahoe, California. Diane Christiansen donated the art for this startling and provocative cover:


I encourage you to buy the book during the advance purchase period that ends September 5th. Buying during the advance purchase period not only saves money, but helps the publisher determine the chapbook's press run. The official release date is October 18th.

The purchase price is $14.00 and shipping is $2.99. To order by Credit Card or PayPal visit https://finishinglinepress.com/index.php?cPath=2&sort=2a&filter_id=1755
 If you prefer to order by check or money order (payable to Finishing Line Press), print up this post and send it with your payment to: Finishing Line Press, PO Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324.

Please share this news with any family or friends who are poetry fans. A book party/reading will be planned this fall, so stay tuned! Thanks for your time, and I hope you will consider buying my book. :)

Happy reading!
Karen Terrey

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chapbook Now Available For Presale

As you have heard, earlier this year my poetry manuscript Bite and Blood was selected by Finishing Line Press to be published this fall. 

I encourage you to buy the book during the advance purchase period that begins this week and extends for two months. Buying during the advance purchase period not only saves money, but helps the publisher determine the chapbook's press run. The official release date is October 18th.

The purchase price is $14.00 and shipping is $2.99. To order by Credit Card or PayPal visit https://finishinglinepress.com/index.php?cPath=2&sort=2a&filter_id=1755 If you prefer to order by check or money order (payable to Finishing Line Press), send your payment to: Finishing Line Press, PO Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324.

Here is what is being said about the collection: 
"Starvation--emotional, spiritual, sexual—how we survive it, how we replenish ourselves and others is at the core of Karen Terrey’s Bite and Blood. The gorgeous tension in these poems is in a “secret cellular awareness” that comes from Terrey’s fearless walks in the literal and metaphoric wilds: woods, wide fields, marshes. Like a lone traveler assembling shelter out of what can be found on a forest floor, Terrey places lines like old timber or found stone to erect poems made of human and animal soul. In her title poem, her speaker faces a deer on the path and meditates on his “slow hunger”, a hunger not unlike our own and so necessary our lives depend upon it. A beautiful collection."
--Laura McCullough, author of Rigger Death & Hoist Another and Panic (winner Kenerith Gensler Award)
Please, please, please share this news with any family or friends who are poetry fans. A book party/reading will be planned this fall, so stay tuned!  Thanks for your time, and I hope you will consider buying my book.