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

Look at Your Manuscript: How Well is the Form Serving the Story?

Look at Your Manuscript: How Well is the Form Serving the Story?

As Simple As Possible: Three Ways To Tighten Your Prose

As Simple As Possible: Three Ways To Tighten Your Prose

Who, What, Where, and Usually Why: Revising Scenes

Who, What, Where, and Usually Why: Revising Scenes

Padma Venkatraman on Plot, One of the Hardest Aspects of Writing a Novel

Padma Venkatraman on Plot, One of the Hardest Aspects of Writing a Novel

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My Highlights Retreat–Cabins, Cuisine, and Public Speaking, Oh My!

My Highlights Retreat–Cabins, Cuisine, and Public Speaking, Oh My!

Under the Loft

Under the Loft

Student Spotlight: Super Children’s Book Boot Camp Alumni

Student Spotlight: Super Children’s Book Boot Camp Alumni

Lori Nichols Draws for Inktober

Lori Nichols Draws for Inktober

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