Deb Noyes writes historical fiction for young adults and adults, narrative nonfiction/biography for middle-grade readers, and picture books. Recent titles include A Hopeful Heart: Louisa May Alcott Before Little Women, We Are All His Creatures, The Magician and The Spirits, Ten Days a Madwoman, and Tooth and Claw. Forthcoming are Lady Icarus: Balloonomania and the Brief, Bold Life of Sophie Blanchard, out March 2022, and a graphic novel about the Salem Witch Trials, illustrated by Duffy.

Deb has taught writing and literature at Emerson College and elsewhere and was a Visiting Writer in Lesley University’s MFA in Writing for Young People program. She commissioned and edited three young-adult short story anthologies—Gothic!, The Restless Dead, and Sideshow—and has worked in and around publishing for nearly 20 years, during which time she was a regular faculty presenter at retreats, conferences, festivals, and events. Also a photographer, Deb photo-illustrated Avis Harley’s African Acrostics and several her own books. Learn more about her writing and editing at


MFA - Writing (Fiction) | VCFA

BA - English | UMass

Nova Ren Suma

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Louise Hawes

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Kathi Appelt

Faculty Emerita, MFA in WCYA

Shelley Tanaka

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Amy King

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Writing Novels for Young People Retreat