Alumni Know: How to write a novel
Author Carolyn Mills (BA '00) shares an inside look at the writing and publishing process
Carolyn Mills (BA '00) spends her days in the classroom, teaching grade seven. But she's also an award-winning writer and author of two books. Her picture book, The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain, was published in 2017. And as of March 2021, you can find her debut novel, The Good Son, on library and store bookshelves.
If you're an aspiring author, or just love reading fiction, watch the video for insights about Carolyn's writing process, honing your craft and catching a publisher's attention. Plus, keep scrolling for Carolyn's 10 tips for aspiring novelists and her favourite books on writing.
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