Coach: Sophia Mallonée

Sophia Mallonee

Sophia Mallonée (pronounced mal-o-nay) is a former artist’s agent, mother to a daughter (and two crazy dogs), wife to a photographer, music lover, obsessive reader and lifelong writer. She grew up playing in the freshwater springs and forests of northern Florida, where she now resides once more after traveling and living throughout the country. Though […]

Coach: Brian Reynolds

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Brian Reynolds is an author living in Kansas with his wife, their two dogs who think the family is a pack, their two ferrets who have an eternal but clumsy vendetta against feet, and their giant rat who is content quietly judging all of them for their ridiculous behavior. He wishes to spend the rest […]

Social Media Manager: Gabrielle Elyse


KIDS ARE WRITERS welcomes Gabrielle Elyse as our new Social Media Manager. As a tech savvy 14-year-old, Gabrielle understands what it takes to reach today’s youth. Gabrielle will oversee communication through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. “Hey guys, this is Gabrielle! Follow KIDS ARE WRITERS on your favorite social media links below to stay up to date on all of […]

Coach: Carrie Charley Brown

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Everything starts with a story and Carrie’s began with her extreme passion for storytelling, dramatics, and anything creative as a child and teen. She wrote and illustrated her first picture book manuscript as an assignment for her children’s literature class in college, making it a goal to publish one day.   After nine years of teaching […]

Kid Coach: Felicia the Neighbor Girl


Felicia (aka: Stanley & Katrina’s Neighbor Girl) is a ten-year-old sixth grader, and hamster owner. She loves writing, reading, acting, singing, reading, gymnastics, doodling, reading, ice skating, painting, reading, doing computer stuff, oh… did we mention reading? Her first book is The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets, and she is currently in the […]

Coach: John Brush

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John Brush is a writing professor at Long Island University and a recipient of the Philbrick Poetry Award. He currently teaches Advanced Creative Writing, Children’s Literature, Digital Storytelling, Poetry and Lyrics, and Advanced Professional Writing. After graduating with a B.A. in English from Providence College, John continued his studies and earned an M.F.A. in English […]

Coach: Norma Atwood


First and foremost, I’m a wife, mother and grandmother. I’ve spent my life raising children, working full-time, and enjoying the life my husband and I created. In between the hectic moments, I found time to draw and write. Even when my job as Human Resources Director for a hospital monopolized my day, I wrote a […]

Coach: Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer Swanson is an award-winning author of over 20 nonfiction and fiction books for children. Her books in the “How Things Work” series by The Child’s World were named to the 2012 Booklist’s Top 10 Books for Youth: Series Nonfiction. She has received awards from the Pennsylvania TriState Young Adult Review Committee, The Moms Choice Awards, and […]



KIDS ARE WRITERS is designed to offer support, encouragement, inspiration and education to young writers, ages 10 – 18. The site offers weekly writing prompts that engage kids in challenging and creative ways.  We also post articles with tips, techniques and strategies for every area of writing.  Kids can participate at their own pace, in their areas […]

Founder and Director: Michelle Lynn Senters

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Hi!  I’m Michelle Lynn Senters.  Let’s get the technical stuff out-of-the-way, shall we? BORING TECHNICAL STUFF I earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming in 1995. I earned a M.Ed in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts through Lesley University in 2008. I currently work as a Reading Interventionist and have over […]