MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

Varian Johnson, Faculty, WCYA

Varian Johnson is the author of six novels, including the Jackson Greene middle-grade series.

The first novel in the series, The Great Greene Heist, was an ALA Notable Children’s Book Selection, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and has been named to over twenty-five state reading and best-of lists. His books for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book. Varian has also written for the Spirit Animals middle-grade fantasy series as well as short stories for middle-grade and YA audiences. His newest stand-alone novel, The Parker Inheritance, is forthcoming in Spring 2018.