That Little Voice: How to Write Captivating & Convincing Child Narrators (And Why Your Work Might Benefit from One!)

Breakout Session


To Kill a Mockingbird, The Kite Runner, The Glass Castle, The Boys of My Youth ... well-crafted child narrators can capture our hearts then hold them fast in their hot, sticky palms. But writing child narrators is tricky, and many writers avoid the challenge despite knowing that a compelling child narrator might unlock their story's full potential like no other device. In truth, however, child narration is remarkably elastic. In this session, we'll examine several clear, effective, achievable approaches to child narration, some common pitfalls (and how to avoid them), and the specific situations in which child narrators can make all the difference.



  • Jeannine Ouellette

    Ouellette’s memoir, The Part That Burns, was a 2021 Kirkus Best 100 Indie Book and Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist, with starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Her work appears widely in literary journals and anthologies, including Ms. Aligned: Women Writing About Men, and Passed On: Daughters Write...