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, 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 visits include props, audience participation, writing exercises, short readings and video clips sure to keep students engaged and glued to their seats.

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

Judging

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.

Freelance

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

Selected Books

Dear Reader

Child's drawing of a cast of characters for a proposed novel

Full cast

Dear Penny, I’m convinced you’ll be the next author under 30 in Canada. You’ve already developed a fine cast of characters. Of course, they are pre-pandemic, standing so close to […]

Child's drawing of a photograph of time spent with dad

Click!

Dear Noa, Thank you so much for sharing a happy memory of the time you and your dad spent working on a project together. I love how you’ve captured that […]

Child's drawing of a pet clinic with three vets

Pet clinic

Dear Claire, I think there must be plenty of great story ideas that come from pet clinics. I recently took my dog Ivy for her booster shots, and let me […]

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