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

Whole Novel Workshop:  How Your Mentor’s Letter Can Help Even Before the Workshop Begins

Whole Novel Workshop: How Your Mentor’s Letter Can Help Even Before the Workshop Begins

3 Questions With Mitali Perkins and Nora Shalaway Carpenter About What Great Dialogue Can Do For Your Story

3 Questions With Mitali Perkins and Nora Shalaway Carpenter About What Great Dialogue Can Do For Your Story

Whole Novel Mentors: They Read the Entire Manuscript and They Go Deep 

Whole Novel Mentors: They Read the Entire Manuscript and They Go Deep 

3 Questions With Diana Rodriguez Wallach and Intisar Khanani About Writing Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror

3 Questions With Diana Rodriguez Wallach and Intisar Khanani About Writing Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror

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With Scholarship Support, Rachel Werner Grows Her Passion Project: Expanding Inclusion in Narratives

With Scholarship Support, Rachel Werner Grows Her Passion Project: Expanding Inclusion in Narratives

Celebration Station: Fall 2023

Celebration Station: Fall 2023

PJ Library Summer Camp Brings Jewish Creatives to the Highlights Foundation

PJ Library Summer Camp Brings Jewish Creatives to the Highlights Foundation

Studying Picture Book and Nonfiction Craft With Support from  PJ Library Scholarship

Studying Picture Book and Nonfiction Craft With Support from PJ Library Scholarship

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