Tell Your Story: Novels

Novels are an exciting genre in children’s literature, whether they are middle grade (ages 8-13) or  young adult (ages 13 and up.) There are seemingly endless novel categories, too: novels in verse, contemporary, horror, fantasy, historical fiction, mystery and narrative nonfiction.

Whatever your novel interest, we’ve got resources and workshops to help you begin, revise, plot, outline, receive feedback, develop characters and more.

No matter where you are on your journey, we’re glad you’re here.  We can give you the skills you need to create the very best novel for kids and teens.

Novel Workshops

Discovering a Deeper Level of Your Character: A Two Night Mini

Discovering a Deeper Level of Your Character: A Two Night Mini

Starts: February 20, 2024

Free #HFGather: Crafting and Sharing Books From the Heart

Free #HFGather: Crafting and Sharing Books From the Heart

Starts: February 26, 2024

Talk to Me: the Ins and Outs of Dialogue that Drives Plot and Delivers Reader Satisfaction

Talk to Me: the Ins and Outs of Dialogue that Drives Plot and Delivers Reader Satisfaction

Starts: February 27, 2024

Multiple Narrator Novels: A Two Night Mini

Multiple Narrator Novels: A Two Night Mini

Starts: March 19, 2024

Writing About Mental Health for MG and YA Readers: A Two-Night Mini

Writing About Mental Health for MG and YA Readers: A Two-Night Mini

Starts: April 2, 2024

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing (Spring)

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing (Spring)

Starts: April 16, 2024

Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Spring/Summer)

Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Spring/Summer)

Starts: April 17, 2024

Whole Novel Workshop: A Virtual Course for Middle Grade and Young Adult Writers

Whole Novel Workshop: A Virtual Course for Middle Grade and Young Adult Writers

Starts: April 25, 2024

Working Retreat: Novelists and Graphic Novelists

Working Retreat: Novelists and Graphic Novelists

Starts: May 19, 2024

Working Retreat: Spark Inspiration with Meditation and Creative Play

Working Retreat: Spark Inspiration with Meditation and Creative Play

Starts: June 15, 2024

Summer Camp in Writing: Create and Dream!

Summer Camp in Writing: Create and Dream!

Starts: July 14, 2024

Whole Novel Workshop: An In-Person Retreat for Novelists (August)

Whole Novel Workshop: An In-Person Retreat for Novelists (August)

Starts: August 14, 2024

Working Retreat: Experienced Storytellers In-Company

Working Retreat: Experienced Storytellers In-Company

Starts: September 11, 2024

Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Fall)

Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Fall)

Starts: September 18, 2024

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing (Fall)

The Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing (Fall)

Starts: September 24, 2024

Working Retreat: Novels in Verse

Working Retreat: Novels in Verse

Starts: October 6, 2024

Whole Novel Workshop: An In-Person Retreat for Novelists (October)

Whole Novel Workshop: An In-Person Retreat for Novelists (October)

Starts: October 17, 2024

Working Retreat: Revision

Working Retreat: Revision

Starts: November 14, 2024

Inspiring Children Through Story

“My picture book … deals with parents separating. One little boy, who parents recently divorced, went to bed with [it] many nights. This deeply moved me to know this picture book helped this little boy.

“I tutor 2nd grade reluctant readers. My understanding of picture book structure and prose allows me to help them learn more than words. Rather than just read the story, we talk about it.”

“You mean I get to keep this book forever?”

…Spoken by a child in tears who was gifted with one of my books at a school visit and had never owned a book before.

“When I hear kids giggle while I’m reading [my book] I feel like I’ve done the job I intended to do.

Novel Resources

3 Questions for Mitali Perkins and Nora Shalaway Carpenter About What Great Dialogue Can Do For Your Story

3 Questions for Mitali Perkins and Nora Shalaway Carpenter About What Great Dialogue Can Do For Your Story

Whole Novel Mentors: They Read the Entire Manuscript and They Go Deep 

Whole Novel Mentors: They Read the Entire Manuscript and They Go Deep 

3 Questions for Diana Rodriguez Wallach and Intisar Khanani About Writing Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror

3 Questions for Diana Rodriguez Wallach and Intisar Khanani About Writing Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror

Discovering the Magic of the Whole Novel Workshop

Discovering the Magic of the Whole Novel Workshop

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Cover Reveal: Xavier’s Voice by Ashley Franklin

Cover Reveal: Xavier’s Voice by Ashley Franklin

Celebration Station: Fall 2023

Celebration Station: Fall 2023

PJ Library Summer Camp Brings Jewish Creatives to the Highlights Foundation

PJ Library Summer Camp Brings Jewish Creatives to the Highlights Foundation

Studying Picture Book and Nonfiction Craft With Support from  PJ Library Scholarship

Studying Picture Book and Nonfiction Craft With Support from PJ Library Scholarship

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