Author, Teacher, Personal Writing Coach

Jonathan Friesen - Writing Coach Jonathan Friesen is an author from Maple Grove, Minnesota, whose upcoming young adult novel JERK, CALIFORNIA about a teen growing up with Tourette’s Syndrome releases in Spring of 2008 (Penguin). His shorter pieces appear in both local and national newspapers and periodicals. A fourteen-year public school teacher and writing instructor at the University of Minnesota, Jonathan shares his passion for writing with children of all ages—including three of his own, whom he home-schools.

“Jonathan Friesen has immense talent and writes from the heart. The combination results in poignant, beautiful prose.”

• • Cecil Murphey, The New York Times bestselling writer of more than 100 books.
“I’ve been privileged to receive critique from Jonathan on my works-in-progress. He has a tremendous knack for spotting thematic weakness and pinpointing choices that could strengthen the story. His writing is so powerful, it often leaves me speechless, and he has a gift of helping others develop that same sort of power in their craft. His love for God fuels His passion for story-telling. Students are blessed to learn from him.”

• • Sharon Hinck, author of Secret Life of Becky Miller (Bethany House, 6/2006), Renovating Becky Miller (Bethany House, 2/2007), and The Restorer (NavPress, 5/2007).

Jonathan is an author with a teacher’s heart. A gifted communicator, he founded WriteHomeStudio out of his heart for kids and his desire to raise up writers of passion and excellence. Jonathan believes that the power of relationship frees young writers to take creative risks. These relationships develop during the interchange and feedback that flows between teacher and student in the Personal Writing coach program.

References from parents and students in the writing coach program are available on request.