Karen Anderson designs, writes, and produces online communications for business and consumer audiences. Her adventures in writing and communications span journalism, publications management, web content design, arts reviewing, fundraising, blogging, public speaking, and social media consulting.
Clients / Companies
CURRENT: Based in Seattle, Karen works on a contract basis for organizations including the 10x Medical Device Conference, Cardiac Science, Concurrent Product Development, Concurrent Strategies, , Michael Muro Garden Design, Nextec, OtoNexus, and Promontory Press.
PAST: Karen’s past clients include Alltech Medical Systems America, AM Consulting Group, Ant’s Eye View (now part of PwC), Aris Radiology, CrowdComputing Systems (now Work Fusion), Custom Toll Free, Deb Arnold, Ink, GrapeCity, Impact Capital, Leading from the Heart, Lumity, Monsters Toolbox, Naples Florida Vacation Homes, Phelps Design & Development, Profound Networks, Radarworks, Oktopost, Orange County Housing Trust, Virtuoso, and Plymouth Housing (view her profiles of Plymouth clients).
Karen joined Apple in 2000 as a staff writer for iReview webzine (writing about “what’s good on the web and what could be better”). She was on the launch team for Apple’s iTunes Music Store (2003) and served as managing editor for the one-million-member .Mac Internet services website (the forerunner of MobileMe and iCloud). Before joining Apple, Karen edited Northwest Health magazine for Group Health Cooperative/Kaiser Permanente, managed public information at Battelle Seattle Research Center, and was a reporter at The Hartford Courant.
Community / Professional Organizations
Karen belongs to professional organizations including the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, Women in Digital Journalism, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. She is a a past chair of the board of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and currently serves on Clarion West committees. She is a past president of the board of Northwest Folklife and currently services on that organization’s audit committee. Karen has served on boards and organizing committees for groups including the Pat Graney Dance Company, Foolscap, Potlatch, and LoneStarCon 3. She was a member of the Digital Publishing Advisory Board for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education Program.
WATCH: Here’s Karen’s Ignite Seattle presentation “What You’ll Wish You’d Known Before You Joined that Nonprofit Board.”
Karen wrote the ebook Take Control of iPhone Basics and edited ebooks including Take Control of iWeb ’09 and the classic Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner. She gave a RapidFire talk about the iPhone at MacWorld | iWorld 2012. She was interviewed by Seattle 24×7 about the iPhone, and has been a guest on Chuck Joiner’s MacVoices TV.
Blogging / Social Media /Websites
Karen helps companies design websites and blogs, and produces blog content for several clients. She blogs under her own name at WriterWay.com and Fitness, Food and Fashion. Karen served as a reviewer for the Webby Awards and for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest (2008–2011). She spoke at the 2011 Seattle Social Media Summit and conducts seminars on website design.
Commentary & Fiction
Karen’s bylined articles have appeared in a variety of news, trade, and regional publications, including Wearable World News (now Readwrite) and Seattle Magazine. Early in her career she did commentary for KUOW-FM, Seattle’s NPR radio station. In 2016, her essay “Disaster Planning Guide for the Holidays” was featured on the holiday episode of the podcast Inside Voice.
She presented “Critical Eye on Writing” at the 2011 Foolscap Convention writers workshop, covering ways writers can use a book critic’s tools to critique their own fiction.
READ AND LISTEN:
“Earthquakes, floods, tornadoes — these are nothing compared to the havoc of a holiday get-together. A seasonal family gathering gone awry can leave psychic scars that will last for generations.” — from Karen’s essay “Disaster Planning Guide for the Holidays,” on the podcast Inside Voice.
“I live in a city whose name is synonymous with ‘coffee.’ What’s a poor tea drinker to do?” — from Karen’s radio commentary on KUOW-FM.
“Fuzzy. Persistent. Persnickety. Annoying. Allergy-inducing. I’m referring here not to felines, but to the literary subgenre of cat mysteries…” — from Karen’s review of cat mysteries at January Magazine.
“For women in their early 50s, a no-sweat 20-minute workout is about as useful for fending off fat and unfitness as sprinkling salt substitute on your large order of greasy french fries.” — from Karen’s essay on fitness in In Our Prime: Empowering Essays by Women (2010).