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

Scholarship Thanks:  Exactly Where I Was Supposed to Be

Scholarship Thanks: Exactly Where I Was Supposed to Be

Top 10 Reasons You Need to Revise Your Manuscript

Top 10 Reasons You Need to Revise Your Manuscript

Tools and Tips on Character Revision

Tools and Tips on Character Revision

Ashley Hope Pérez and Alisa Alering on How Source and Story Go Together

Ashley Hope Pérez and Alisa Alering on How Source and Story Go Together

Get Involved at the Highlights Foundation

Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

From Our Visitors: What to Expect from a Highlights Foundation Retreat

From Our Visitors: What to Expect from a Highlights Foundation Retreat

You’re Never Too Old to Write

You’re Never Too Old to Write

Carmen Oliver on Connecting Authors With Children

Carmen Oliver on Connecting Authors With Children

The Highlights Foundation Experience: Writers Weigh In

The Highlights Foundation Experience: Writers Weigh In

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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.