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

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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

Auditioning Poetry Devices for Your Verse Novel’s Voice

Auditioning Poetry Devices for Your Verse Novel’s Voice

Celebrating Our Faculty on 2020’s Best Lists

Celebrating Our Faculty on 2020’s Best Lists

Disruption is Good for Art: a #HFGather Chat with Sarah Aronson & Jennifer Jacobson

Disruption is Good for Art: a #HFGather Chat with Sarah Aronson & Jennifer Jacobson

#HFGather: Sarah Aronson and Erin Entrada Kelly Talk Character and Process

#HFGather: Sarah Aronson and Erin Entrada Kelly Talk Character and Process

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Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

Juana Martinez-Neal on Creative Leaps and New Techniques

Juana Martinez-Neal on Creative Leaps and New Techniques

Gareth Hinds on Creative Process and Taking Artistic Leaps

Gareth Hinds on Creative Process and Taking Artistic Leaps

Novelists Rave About The Whole Novel Workshop

Novelists Rave About The Whole Novel Workshop

From Idea to Sale: A Graphic Novel Journey

From Idea to Sale: A Graphic Novel Journey

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