Jennifer Gennari

Jennifer Gennari is the author of Muffled (Simon & Schuster, 2020), a Junior Library Guild selection, and a Georgia Children’s Book Award finalist, and My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012), a Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year selection and an American Library Association Rainbow List title. An engaging speaker and thoughtful teacher, she has presented at numerous SCBWI workshops, The Writing Barn, and the National Council of Teachers of English conference. Her poems have appeared in Typishly, The Lascaux Review, and numerous issues of the Marin Poetry Center Anthology.  A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts, she lives on the water in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit

“Jen Gennari designed this class [Line Editing] so thoughtfully. Her content was incredibly on-target and relevant in all of the elements of revising and editing to get ready for submission.”

“Jen is a wonderful instructor. She’s put together a course that is accessible, gives excellent craft instruction, and well-structured opportunities for revising based on weekly lessons and receiving feedback about short writing submissions.”

“Jennifer Gennari was really good at giving specific and detailed feedback. Her use of mentor texts and examples of how projects change with editing was incredibly illuminating.”

“Jen Gennari’s knowledge of craft, deep love of writing and reading, and ability to create compact lessons filled with valuable tools made this one of the best workshops I’ve ever participated in. More than that, Jen’s warmth and ability to connect made each live session productive and enjoyable.”

“I feel so lucky to have had Jen Gennari as an instructor. She was the perfect combination of warm and friendly, and professional and resourceful. I’m a much more confident writer and editor after taking her class.”

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