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

5 Top Resources for Researching Historical Fiction

5 Top Resources for Researching Historical Fiction

Top 5 Reasons to Make a Style Guide for Your Novel

Top 5 Reasons to Make a Style Guide for Your Novel

Beginnings: The Opening of Your Novel Has a Lot of Work to Do

Beginnings: The Opening of Your Novel Has a Lot of Work to Do

Beginning a Novel: The Secret Is, There Is No Secret

Beginning a Novel: The Secret Is, There Is No Secret

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