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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.

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 the Earth as seen from the Moon

Earth seen from the Moon

Dear Emilio, I think you should write your astronaut cat story. It is sure to be a best seller, especially for readers who like cats and outer space. You’ve done […]

Child's drawing of a unicorn

Unicorn

Dear Emma, Your unicorn is darling with its fancy tail bow. How big are unicorns, anyway? Are they the size of a horse, or more like a pony? Or a […]

Child's drawing of a cardinal

Cardinal

Hi Jackson, Thanks so much for your drawing of a cardinal, one of my favorite Canadian birds. Their gorgeous orange colour is a real standout against the deep green forest, […]

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