Winner of the 2017 Robinson Prize for furthering the craft of professional editing, Karen Yin is the creator of AP vs. Chicago, a guide for anyone who gives “a dollar sign, ampersand, exclamation point, and pound sign about style,” and Conscious Style Guide, a reference site for inclusive, compassionate, and empowering language. A copywriter and editor for over two decades, Karen ran the editorial department at advertising agencies, where she performed quality control on campaigns for Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, Pixar, Universal, and Warner Bros., and now serves clients in mass media, education, and energy. She is the style columnist for Copyediting and has given presentations on LGBTQ terminology, sexist language, racist language, and androgyny. A fellow of the prestigious Lambda Literary Foundation, Karen is also an award-winning fiction writer as well as screenwriter and filmmaker.
As an award-winning fiction writer, Karen alternates between several writing projects about unothering: a fantasy novel from a troll’s point of view, a graphic novel about person-based love, and a collection of short tales about how things come to an end. She received a grant from Table 4 Writers Foundation in 2014 and was a Lambda Literary Foundation fellow in 2015 and 2016.
In the News
- Copyediting Columnist Karen Yin Receives ACES Robinson Prize | Copyediting, April 2017
- Conscious Style Guide Founder Karen Yin Wins Robinson Prize | ACES: The Society for Editing, March 2017
- Why We Should Examine Our Culinary Vocabulary | Lucky Peach, February 2017
- The Conscious Style Guide: How to Talk About People With Inclusive and Tactful Language | The Zapier Blog, October 2016
- Questions for a Writer and Editor: Karen Yin | Copyediting, September 2015
- Conscious Style Guide Highlights Inclusive Language | Copyediting, March 2015
- Creating a “Conscious Style Guide” | Tracking Changes, spring 2015
- Writing Insights From Karen Yin of AP vs. Chicago | Gigaverse, December 2012
- AP vs. Chicago: Better Than My Sticky Notes | Copyediting, April 2012