sara kärpänen

Hello there,

My name is Sara Kärpänen (she/her). I'm a Finnish-born London-based author, stage poet, journalist and the founder of Women of the Wick - a feminist media elevating the work and voices of women and non-binary artists.

I believe in the power of personal storytelling, and my mission is to support women from all backgrounds to tell and own their narratives.

After years of living in and sustainging the grassroots artist community in Hackney Wick, East London, I developed partnerships and delivered communications strategies to the local organisations in the creative and non-profit sector.

Since completing my Master's degree at the Bartlett School of Architecture, I've applied a holistic approach to community building through creative methodologies. Today, I design and facilitate educational workshops where the participants experiences, voices and stories can be shared, seen and heard. My layered approach to arts and urbanism encompasses research, journalism and poetic tools with a primary focus on intersectional feminism and gender equality.

I've had the privilege to work with international publications, non-profits, and cultural organisations in the UK, US and Europe, including The Architectural Review, Elephant Journal, The Barbican, Soho House, BMW Foundation, Stour Trust, Public Works, Battersea Arts Centre, and more.

If you are interested in booking me as a writer or speaker, facilitating a workshop, or just say hi, please get in touch here. 

I would love to connect!

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"Sara provided two exceptional and innovative storytelling workshops as part of our Youth and Adult Business programmes. We could not have ever imagined a more invaluable experience for our participants. We loved working with Sara and Women of the Wick." 

Nikita, Founder of Local Champtions

”Sara has a really gift of making feel welcome and heard which is crucial for new and aspiring writers.”

Tasnim, Researcher and Writer

”Any creative would benefit from the storytelling workshop. The space Sara created was intimate and safe and my self-belief as a writer grew.”

Piarvé, Founder of Colechi fashion collective

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