Personal Instruction for Young Writers

I’m a parent and bestselling author who has more than a decade of experience working with young writers. Whether your child loves to write stories and poems or is a kid who struggles to get words on the page, I can help!

Summer is a great time for rising seniors to craft their personal statement and supplemental essays as they begin the college application process. Frances Dowell is an experienced writer and writing instructor who can guide students through the process. For more information about how she can help, go to Writing Your Personal Statement.

For more about Frances’s thoughts on college essays, please see My General Philosophy When It Comes to Writing a Personal Statement for Your College Application.

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‘Fresh, interesting, and unique.’

–Kirkus Reviews

From bestselling author Frances O’Roark Dowell comes a fresh and accessible guide to storytelling that breaks down the sometimes-daunting writing process into straightforward, doable steps! Booklist calls How to Build a Story “inspirational for budding authors.” Ready, set, write!