Karen J Carlisle is a speculative fiction writer of steampunk, gaslamp, Victorian mysteries and fantasy. She is available for speaking engagements at conferences, libraries, schools, organisations and community groups. Her rates are reasonable and negotiable.
Karen is based in Adelaide.

Current speaking topics include:


  • The Catharsis of Writing – how writing helps me live with anxiety and PTSD
  • The History of Steampunk
  • Self Publishing, From an Australian Perspective
  • Costumes in Writing: Mid-16th Century Florentine Female Clothing and Accessories
  • Costumes in Writing: Late 19th Century Victorian Female Clothing
  • Plotting – for Non-Plotters  (“How to write…”)
  • Creating Your Own Steampunk World or Persona. (How to create your own world – for writers, comic book creators and costumer/cosplayers)


  • Exploring Steampunk: A primer on steampunk and steampunk costuming
  • Steampunk Parasol Duelling – Workshop/Demo
  • Costumes in Detail: Mid-16th Century Florentine Female Clothing and Accessories
  • Creating Your Own Steampunk World or Persona. (How to create your own world – for writers, comic book creators and costumer/cosplayers)

About the presenter:

Karen has been active in steampunk since 2007.  Her Victorian steampunk mystery series, The Adventures of Viola Stewart trilogy, was completed in 2017, and she recently published the first books in the paranormal/fantasy mystery series, The Aunt Enid Mysteries, and a second steampunk series, The Department of Curiosities.

She has been a tabletop roleplayer since 1978, an active costumer and science fiction convention attendee for over three decades, and involved in historical re-enactment since 1994, with a special interest in mid-16th century Florentine clothing and accessories.

Karen 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.

She has a Bachelor Applied Science in Optometry and worked with children for much of her career.

Karen  is a devoted Doctor Who fan (and willing to talk endlessly on the subject).

Next talk is at:

to be confirmed.

Karen has previously spoken at:

  • Supanova Adelaide: (November, 2018):
    1. Creating Your Own Steampunk World or Persona (on writing and costuming in steampunk) Video available on youtube.
    2.  Plotting your pants off – Different approaches to writing your book (Panel with fellow Adelaide spec fic authors, Katie Fraser, Kylie Leane and Matt Pike  (on plotting and pantsing). Video available on youtube.
  • Adelaide Steampunk Festival. National Railways Museum, Port Adelaide:  Author Talk (Sept, 2018) Video tba
  • Adelaide Steampunk Festival:  Parasol Duelling Demonstration/workshop (Sept, 2018) Video available on youtube
  • Modbury Uniting Church: On My Books, Writing and Catharsis.  about my books and how writing helps manage my anxiety. (June, 2018)
  • Pop Con 2.0!: Steampunk panel member – talking all things steampunk.(May, 2018) available on youtube.

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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$700 (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).


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