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Jessica Scott Kerrin

Considered an authority on children's books, I write about tree forts, challenging quests, exploding rockets, monster lobsters and creepy graveyards. I support new writers by visiting schools and libraries, presenting at literary festivals, and delivering tailored workshops. 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.


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

Child's drawing of room with giant white bear

Big white bear

Dear Katie, Both your letter and your drawing are so pleasantly descriptive of the place you like to read the most. I can easily imagine being there. It is so […]

Child's drawing of a bicyclist running into a tree

Everyone’s the same

Dear Jaheim, I think you’ve come up with a lovely idea for your story. I agree with you that everyone has different needs, abilities and goals, but at the same […]

Adventurous and shocking

Dear Sheppard, I’m thrilled to read that you find my stories both adventurous and shocking. And funny. That, too. I’ve selected your letter today because we had a blizzard yesterday […]

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My clients

To Date…

Schools visited
Book tours
Books published
Books translated