Karen Connelly

Author of eleven books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, Karen Connelly is a writer, educator and licensed psychotherapist in private practice. She has won national and international prizes for her books, which are published in a dozen countries. In her online institute The Courageous Writers’ Academy, she teaches trauma-informed self-care and professional editing in a supportive communal environment. As a psychotherapist, she specializes in trauma, creativity, and giftedness, and often uses the somatic and brain-based psychotherapy called Observed and Experiential Integration (OEI) in combination with Ericksonian conversational hypnosis.

Karen is the author of the acclaimed novel The Lizard Cage, set in a Burmese prison, which won  Britain’s Orange Broadband New Novelist’s Prize and shortlisted for the U.S.’s Kiriyama Prize. Her most recent book of poetry is Come Cold River and her most recent novel is The Change Room, published by Random House in 2017. The Change Room was called “revolutionary and boundary-breaking” in its treatment of women’s lives, relationships and sexuality.

In 2024 she will publish her twelfth book, about her therapeutic work: The Therapist In The Olive Grove: New and Ancient Paths to Healing Brain-Body-Spirit As well as the Orange Broadband prize, she’s also received the Governor General’s Award for nonfiction, the Pat Lowther Award for poetry, several magazine awards, and a Chalmers Fellowship.

Karen lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. Her other home is Lesvos, Greece, where she is active in supporting healthcare and human rights initiatives for the refugee population.


City: Toronto, Province/Territory: Ontario
Nonfiction Poetry Fiction
The Change Room
PenguinRandomHouse Canada
upcoming in 2025: The Therapist in The Olive Grove
PenguinRandomHouse Canada
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
30 to 3000
Presentation Genre
As I've taught at the Masters level for many years, I can present competently and eloquently about fiction, nonfiction, fiction, editing. As a psychotherapist for the creative and gifted, I also present about self-care and mental healthcare for writers.
Presentation Length
1-5 hours
Presentation Description
Presentation description

Please contact me. I've presented on literally dozens of topics either in 'presentation' (speech/talk) form or in seminar/masterclass form.

Presentation Fee(s)
Depends on the group but typically $1000 plus HST. For corporate clients, I charge $5000.
Workshop details
Audience Size
Please see above: all presentations may be re-structured as workshops, seminars or master classes.
Intended Audience
High school students to adults.
Workshop Length
1-5 hours.
Workshop Description
Workshop description

Please contact me for further details.

Workshop Fee(s)
$1000, and more for corporate clients.
School presentation details
Audience Size
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