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

Getting Your Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel Unstuck

Getting Your Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel Unstuck

Giving and Receiving Feedback on Novels (A Two-Night Mini Course)

Giving and Receiving Feedback on Novels (A Two-Night Mini Course)

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Free #HFGather: 2023 Scholarship Celebration and Information Session

Free #HFGather: 2023 Scholarship Celebration and Information Session

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Read Like a Writer (A One-Night Mini Course)

Read Like a Writer (A One-Night Mini Course)

Begin Your Chapter Book, Middle Grade, or YA Novel

Begin Your Chapter Book, Middle Grade, or YA Novel

Seize the Reader: Writing for Emotional Impact

Seize the Reader: Writing for Emotional Impact

Whole Novel Genre Fiction: A Virtual Course for Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Novelists

Whole Novel Genre Fiction: A Virtual Course for Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Novelists

Getting to Know Your Character

Getting to Know Your Character

Create Your Novel’s Style Guide: A Two-Night Mini

Create Your Novel’s Style Guide: A Two-Night Mini

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

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

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

The Sticky Note Approach to Revision

The Sticky Note Approach to Revision

How We Developed Our Collaborative Feedback Process

How We Developed Our Collaborative Feedback Process

What’s the Game? (and other toys for your comedy writing toolbox)

What’s the Game? (and other toys for your comedy writing toolbox)

5 Reasons to Revise Your Work

5 Reasons to Revise Your Work

Get Involved at the Highlights Foundation

Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

Congratulations to the 2023 ALA Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 ALA Award Winners

Sara Gómez Woolley, 2022 Resident Artist: #WhatIFound @HighlightsFound

Sara Gómez Woolley, 2022 Resident Artist: #WhatIFound @HighlightsFound

Uplifting Indigenous Storytellers on #GivingTuesday

Uplifting Indigenous Storytellers on #GivingTuesday

Khadijah VanBrakle Announces Book Deal

Khadijah VanBrakle Announces Book Deal

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