Jessica Scott Kerrin, author

Considered an authority on children’s fiction, I’ve written best sellers about tree forts, challenging quests, exploding rockets, monster lobsters and creepy graveyards.

I support new writers by visiting schools and libraries virtually and in person, speaking at literary festivals, and delivering tailored workshops for both adults and children who want to learn more about the craft. I also offer mentorships and regularly serve on juries for national writing competitions.

In addition to fiction, I freelance for travel magazines about my family’s sailing (mis)adventures aboard our boat, Cape Fear.

My Services

Schools and library visits

My virtual and in person visits include props, audience participation, writing exercises, short readings and video clips sure to keep students engaged and glued to their seats or screens.

Literary Festivals and Presentations

I support new writers by delivering tailored presentations at literary conferences, teachers’ in-service days and creative writing events.      

Writing Workshops

I offer virtual and in person writing workshops for both adults and children on a variety of topics including cultivating story ideas, character development, and how to write a series.


I serve as a judge for many national and Atlantic Canadian writing competitions, including the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award.

Mentoring and Editing

Do you seek coaching and feedback on your manuscript for children's fiction? I offer expertise for picture books, chapter books and middle readers.


I accept freelance assignments (fiction and non fiction) for children's, travel and sailing magazines.

Selected Books

Dear Reader

Green Lobster

Dear Elena, Most of the drawings I receive in the mail show a red lobster, which is the colour lobsters become when they are cooked. I guess that’s how most […]

Five-star dinner

Dear Sam, I am not sure what recipe you’d choose to cook the lobster for a five-star meal, but I can see that you’ve added some fancy side dishes. I […]

Giant lobster prank

Dear Rocco, I’m glad to hear that you were inspired by the Martin Bridge series and want to become a writer. I was also interested to learn that if you […]

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