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
My short fiction piece, “The Dive”, was published in the May/June 2021 issue of Cricket magazine. When I first started pursueing 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 multiple… Read more “The Dive” Published in Cricket Magazine
These tips will help you write and sell your short fiction for children to magazines. A great place to break into writing for children is magazines. Unlike book publishers who have limited needs, magazines are constantly looking for submissions, especially for short fiction. Magazines like Cricket, Spider, and Highlights are published nearly every month and… Read more How to Write Short Fiction for Children’s Magazines
Every agent and/or editor is different, but these ten writing mistakes will guarantee a rejection! Writers face a massive amount of rejection–it’s part of the package if you’re making a career in writing. But there are certain things–habits, rookie mistakes, red flags, call them what you will–that can cause an editor or agent to toss… Read more Top 10 Writing Mistakes that Guarantee a Rejection