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For Kids


  • Access your creativity

  • Prep for your novel in 30 days

  • More classes to come...


My entire professional career has been spent teaching, editing, and writing. The resources below represent what I would offer in a writing program of my own.

  • Use the reading list to work independently.

  • Take classes for more support.

  • Apply for a mentorship for one-on-one guidance.

  • Go on a retreat and immerse yourself in a project.

Recommended Reading



Mentorships are a 12-week commitment, which gives us time for deep work on a section of a novel-length work, or 2 picture books.

I work with only 3 mentees at a time. Potential mentees are required to submit an application that includes a sample, an example of a piece of writing they admire and what they want to learn from it, and a bio.

There is no application fee at this time.
Please fill out the form below if you are interested in a mentorship.

Two crystal Ganeshas and my ceramic chicken, Henny.

This mermaid and pirate were the inspiration for Mermaid and Pirate!

These three friends live on my bookshelf. The first is a chicken I bought outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a day I went to do research for AFRICAN ICONS. The beaded chicken reminded me of some of the African art on display inside the museum. The second item is a nesting doll. The outside is Mama D'Leau from Looking for a Jumbie. The interior dolls are Papa Bois, the soucouyant, the lagahoo, and the douen. All painted in the style of Looking for a Jumbie. The third is another nesting doll created by Vanessa Brantley Newton. She has a book called Nesting Dolls.

This "reading owl" was a gift by an artist who made several "douen" creatures for me to give away when The Jumbies first came out in 2015.

The last pair of pointe shoes I danced in are on my bookshelf along with a ballerina figure that one of my 2nd grade students gave me as a Christmas present many years ago.

My daughter's first pair of sneakers.

I collect a lot of Lego buildings. They're fun to build and play with, plus I get to set up all the people in town the way I like. These two sets are the Detective Office and the Pet Shop.

I just had to get this Lego typewriter. It was also a fun build because the carriage at the top moves as you "type" on the keys.

The Lego treehouse took me forever to build because I was so busy writing that I wouldn't have time to work on it for months! I think it took almost a year before I finished putting it together.


Find out what a douen is in this short video.

find out what a lagahoo is in this short video.

Find out what a La Diablesse is in this short video.

Find out what a Soucouyant is in this short video.

A short video introduction to Mermaid and Pirate.


Amber Ren's illustration of a soucouyant, lagahoo, douen, and a little Black girl from LOOKING FOR A JUMBIE

Coloring page from Looking for a Jumbie illustrated by Amber Ren showing Naya and Papa Bois.

All jumbies coloring page from LOOKING FOR A JUMBIE by Amber Ren

Coloring page from the illustrations from "Best Laid Plans" illustrated by Lewis James

Help Naya find all the jumbie words.

Compare the jumbie drawings.

Add your own Claudette Colvin portrait.

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