I’m Cathryn Free and I’m a writer, children’s author, and teacher.

I write fiction and nonfiction for children and teens (and some for adults). My work has appeared in Muse, Youth Imagination, Unlocked, East of the Web, Cricket and Smartypants Magazine, with several titles forthcoming.

As a teacher, I love sharing what I’ve learned about writing and offer plenty of resources for teachers and students, like my Free Writer’s Workshop!

My goal is to create books, stories, and articles that get kids exciting about reading and marvel at the world around them!

The Dive, feature in Cricket, May/June 2021

The Real-Life Bat Man, featured in Muse, January 2021

Project Europa, featured in Youth Imagination, November 2020

“Sink or Swim” Published in Cricket Magazine

My short fiction piece, “Sink or Swim”, was published in the July/August 2022 issue of Cricket magazine. When I first started pursuing publication, I decided that I would start with magazines. I wanted the practice, the resume, and frankly, the income. Magazines have a greater need for short pieces since many put out an issue…

How to Brainstorm

How to Brainstorm to find you next novel idea. “Where do your ideas come from?” “How do you know what to write about?” People ask authors these kinds of questions all this time, and I don’t know if there’s a good answer. A great idea isn’t something that authors are blessed with and nobody else…

“Light in the Dark” Published in Keys for Kids Magazine

My latest devotion is in Keys for Kids magazine! As a teacher for many years and a mom of four, I know my way around a children’s devotion or two. Often times, I can find them a bit didactic, or even, well… lame. Let’s be real, devotions in general can often fall into two categories:…