Are you a teen who loves who loves writing as much as breathing? I guide aspiring authors to develop strong literacy while learning to craft character, make setting a powerful component of story, and tell an authentically amazing story, one week at a time!! I'm an award-winning author, longtime English teacher, and freelance editor. I will not only present engaging, fun, fast-paced lessons (read: not lecturing), but I will also do a deep dive into your writing submissions and provide one-on-one coaching to help you, an aspiring author, to tell the story that is dying to break out of your mind and flow beautifully onto the page. Whether you are a “good” English student or not, if you have the desire to write a story that’s dying to be told, I can guide you to see it to fruition. I utilize my expertise as well as respected resources, meaningful video clips, and an overflowing mental "toolbox" that's stocked by over two decades of teaching. This is a 60-minute weekly class that runs for 18 weeks. It includes a digital interactive notebook provided to each participant that is added to by me week-by-week, and students are able to do their “Quick Writes” in during class. In essence, this digital interactive notebook serves as a guidebook/textbook. You will also be provided a weekly writing assignment via a Google Doc, and this serves to build your novel. These items are accessible through the Google Classroom that you will be able to join after enrolling.
Beth Fehlbaum is the author of the YA novels Find the Moon, Big Fat Disaster, The Patience Trilogy (Courage in Patience, Hope in Patience, and Truth in Patience), and co-author of the creative non-fiction book Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt (Ayni Books).
She is a high school English-Language Arts teacher, where she frequently finds inspiration for her stories. Beth has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading. She’s also a freelance editor, specializing in doing “deep dives” into her clients’ manuscripts.
Beth is in-demand as an author-panelist, having presented/appeared at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, the American Library Association’s annual conference, YALSA, N.C.T.E./ALAN, and numerous YA book festivals. She’s a member of The Author’s Guild, SCBWI, the Editorial Freelancers’ Association, and the Texas Federation of Teachers.
She loves doing school visits and meeting teens, teachers, and librarians!
Beth lives in the woods of East Texas in a house that she and her family built over one very hot humid summer, a task she never wishes to repeat again. Her home is lined by pine trees, and the woods are inhabited by raccoons who consider Beth their cat-food-providing goddess. There is no place she would rather be.
10 Random Things About Beth, in her own words:
I’m an animal lover, and I always name the animals in my books after those in my family, like the dogs in Find the Moon—Jake, Kevin, and Chase—as well as the Nigerian dwarf goats, Onslow and Daisy.
I am a fierce advocate for children and abuse victims.
My daughter got me started on watching “90 Day Fiancé,” and I. Can’t. Stop.
I met my husband when we were 14 and 15, and we’ve been together ever since.
I mostly listen to true crime podcasts when I’m driving or cleaning the house, and I watch so much “Snapped” that my husband is convinced that I’m planning something nefarious.
I began writing The Patience Trilogy when I was in therapy to recover from Childhood Sexual Abuse. Struggling with shame at the time, I found grace and mercy for myself by writing about someone else having endured much the same trauma as I did. Writing Courage in Patience helped me find my voice as an author!
I drew on a lot of my own experiences with Binge Eating Disorder to write Colby’s story in Big Fat Disaster.
Find the Moon is the most challenging book I’ve ever written. I love Kylie and her family—especially her potty-mouthed grandmother and star-gazing grandfather!
I don’t believe that all novels need a Happily-Ever-After ending, but they must have a HOPEFUL ending.