Cordelia Jensen

Cordelia Jensen graduated with a MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2012. Cordelia has three verse novels: Skyscraping (Philomel/Penguin) The Way the Light Bends (Philomel/Penguin) and Every Shiny Thing (Amulet/Abrams), which she co-authored with VCFA classmate Laurie Morrison. Skyscraping was named an American Library Association’s 2016 Best Book for Young Adults, A Los Angeles Public Library’s Best Book for Teens and a 2016 NCTE Children’s Notable Verse Novel. Every Shiny Thing was nominated for the South Carolina Junior Book Award. Cordelia has taught creative writing in a variety of settings: Bryn Mawr College, Germantown Friends School and The Writing Barn. She also runs a local kids’ literary journal called the Mt. Airy Musers. Cordelia is represented by Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency.

Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia JensenSkyscraping by Cordelia JensenThe Way the Light Bends by Cordelia Jensen

“Cordelia [Jensen] did a great job keeping everyone focused, and yet giving feedback to individual questions.”

“Cordelia [Jensen] is succinct, organized, and kind with her critiques. Conveys class content very well with great examples and reading references.”

“Cordelia [Jensen] is a fantastic teacher. Her lectures are thorough and packed with examples, tips, and moments for discussion and reflection; her writing assignments are targeted at the new skills learned and are challenging and fun; and her feedback is generous, insightful, and encouraging.”

“Cordelia’s [Jensen] lectures were jam-packed with information. Her “quick writes” and weekly assignments were well-chosen and inspiring. She fostered collaboration among attendees and provided helpful feedback. She knows her subject inside and out. She studies the verse novel form regularly and brings fresh insight about it.”

“Cordelia’s course was fabulous. She is a generous, kind teacher. Her knowledge about the subject matter is deep. Cordelia took every person’s work seriously and read every submission carefully and thoughtfully. I cannot imagine a better teacher!”

Blog Posts by Cordelia Jensen

Visiting Our Campus

Our campus (The Barn at Boyds Mills) is tucked away in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  It's a few hours from both New York City and Philadelphia, but worlds away from everyday life.

Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

Our Mission in Action

Equity & Inclusion in Kidlit

The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.

For Businesses & Organizations

Fund a Scholarship
Partner with Us