Karen Leslie writes travel pieces, creative content, prose, lyrics, and fiction. Her writing appears in trade magazines, independent newspapers, blogs, and on various writing platforms. She received her B.H. in Multi-Media Journalism, Marketing and Public Relations from Penn State University, and in 2014, an MFA (Fiction) from the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing.
As a teaching creative, Karen is editing her novel and actively submitting prose. She gives readings, teaches workshops, as well as literature and writing at Western Kentucky University, and mentors writers. Karen grew up in rural Pennsylvania and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, songwriter Clay Mills. You can follow her @thethinplaces on Instagram or @karenleslieword on Medium. And, for the record, she’s an Oxford comma kinda girl.
Publishing: Menda City Review (2017 Winter Issue), Bucket List Publications, The Contributor, INSP (International Network of Street Papers), BNT Touring Magazine, BNT Travelogue, Williamson Business (online), various trade magazines, business social media platforms, and blogs. See Publication for more.
The WordShop— Editor/Marketing Specialist: Marketing Strategy & Branding, WordPress Customization, Creative Development, Copyediting, and Writing Workshops. She takes “A Storytelling Approach” with her marketing boutique to build bridges between businesses and their target markets. Industries/Clients: Travel & Tourism, Health & Wellness, Entertainment, Authors, Architectural Salvage, and Business Development.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
No…I have plenty of long periods when I don’t write on paper. I’m always “writing” in my mind, so it feels like an endless ticker tape…At times, I am immobilized by the noisiness of life. I guess what I’m trying to say is, I don’t believe in writer’s block, at least, as far as I’m concerned. If I’m not writing, it’s usually a sign of having too much stimulus in my life, or too little life is being lived.
From an interview on on Spalding MFA Alumni blog: “A Day in the Life…”
Finding stories everywhere…
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