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

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

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

Line Editing Your MG or YA Novel: An Online Course (Spring)

Line Editing Your MG or YA Novel: An Online Course (Spring)

Line Editing Your MG or YA Novel: An Online Course (Fall)

Line Editing Your MG or YA Novel: An Online Course (Fall)

Intro to Verse Novels: A Virtual Tour of Limitations and Liberations of Verse Novels

Intro to Verse Novels: A Virtual Tour of Limitations and Liberations of Verse Novels

Summer Camp in Fiction: Explore, Play, and Inspire

Summer Camp in Fiction: Explore, Play, and Inspire

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

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

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

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

Whole Novel Historical: A Virtual Course for Historical Novelists

Whole Novel Historical: A Virtual Course for Historical Novelists

Shape Your Story: A 6-Week Novel Intensive with Author & Agent Linda Epstein

Shape Your Story: A 6-Week Novel Intensive with Author & Agent Linda Epstein

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

Just do it: how momentum and effort can help you finish your draft

Just do it: how momentum and effort can help you finish your draft

#HFGather: Empowering Readers and Reader Choice with Julia Torres

#HFGather: Empowering Readers and Reader Choice with Julia Torres

From Workshop to Publication to Acquiring Editor

From Workshop to Publication to Acquiring Editor

Creative Collaboration: Making Art Together, with Trust & Respect

Creative Collaboration: Making Art Together, with Trust & Respect

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Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

From Workshop to Publication to Acquiring Editor

From Workshop to Publication to Acquiring Editor

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Author Sarah Aronson and Amy Guglielmo of Reading Rainbow Live!

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Author Sarah Aronson and Amy Guglielmo of Reading Rainbow Live!

Rediscovering Joy with Picture Books

Rediscovering Joy with Picture Books

How You Can Celebrate Floyd Cooper Day During Children’s Book Week (May 6)

How You Can Celebrate Floyd Cooper Day During Children’s Book Week (May 6)

Visiting Our Campus

Our campus (The Barn at Boyds Mills) is tucked away in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  It's a few hours from both New York City and Philadelphia, but worlds away from everyday life.

Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

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