Writing Related Talks & Workshops

Current speaking topics include:

The History of Steampunk

Where did the steampunk genre originate? Where is it now? Are there Australian steampunk authors? Karen discusses steampunk in media – books, television, movies.

A/V Requirements: Data projector with VGA input, microphone 

Self publishing, from an Australian Perspective

Karen has self published her books using Createspace, Ingram Spark, Kindle and Smashwords. She discusses the process and how living in Australia effects using these platforms.

A/V Requirements: Data projector with VGA input, microphone 

How to Plot a Story – for Non-Plotters.

This is a 60 minute interactive workshop demonstrating how to build up a basic plot and characters, one step at a time.

Requirements: White board, markers, microphone.

Costumes in Writing: Mid-16th Century Florentine Female Clothing and Accessories

Bring your writing to life. It’s the little details that make your reader believe in your world.
Did Renaissance woman wear corsets? How heavy were the outfits and how did they effect everyday life? How much did a dress really cost?

Karen will show you the various layers of mid-16th Century Florentine clothing and the process of dressing. She will also discuss the practicality of Victorian women’s fashion and how to adapt it for alternative history and fantasy settings.

Karen J Carlisle’s main area of costume interest is re-creation of mid sixteen century Florentine clothing and accessories. She has been a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism since 1994. She attended the Florence 2008 Costume Symposium: Janet Arnold Tribute, with lectures by Roberta Orsi Landini and the conservators of the Laboratorio Centro Restauri Tesseli, Pisa.

This talk is the first of two talks, specifically designed for writers, on how to wear historical clothing.

A/V Requirements: Data projector with VGA input, microphone
Other requirements: Table for costume item display.

Costumes in Writing: Late 19th Century Victorian Female Clothing and Accessories

Ever wondered what wearing a Victorian corset was like? Did it restrict movement?

Karen will show you the various layers of Victorian clothing and the process of dressing. She will also discuss the practicality of Victorian women’s fashion and how to adapt it for alternative history, fantasy or steampunk settings.

Karen J Carlisle has been a historical re-enactor since 1994, re-creating Victorian-style garments since 2007.

This talk is the second, in a series designed specifically for writers, on how to wear historical clothing.

A/V Requirements: Data projector, microphone / Other requirements: Table for costume item display. 


Rates:

Per Talk: AU$300 (plus GST).
Engagement includes: approx. 45-60 minutes – includes talk and question/demonstration time.

Per Workshop: AU$250 (plus GST)
Engagement includes: approx 60 minutes of workshop/discussion

Per Day: AU$800 (plus GST) per day (3 talks max)
Engagement includes: Up to three talks – approx. 45-60 minutes – includes talk and question/demo time.

Note: Travel costs may be incurred for travel outside of metropolitan Adelaide.

Special arrangements can be made for community and non-profit groups.

To book Karen for a speaking engagement for libraries, organisations or schools,
please contact me
(subject: Speaking Engagment).