Barbara Shoup

Barbara Shoup

Barbara Shoup is the author of eight novels for adults and young adults, most recently An American Tune and Looking for Jack Kerouac, as well as a memoir about writing, A Commotion in Your Heart: Notes about Writing and Life, and Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process. Her creative nonfiction has been published recently in Atticus, Ocotillo Review, and Another Chicago Magazine. The recipient of the PEN International Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for her YA novel Everything You Want, Shoup also received the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Regional Indiana Authors Award, two Creative Renewal Fellowships and an Artist Restart Grant from the Indianapolis Arts Councils, and numerous fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission. Her YA novel, Wish You Were Here, was an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Book, a Voya Best Young Adult Book and Perfect 10, and was named to the International Reading Association’s Young Adults Choice List. She is the writer-in-residence at the Indiana Writers Center, where she teaches writing to all ages, and on the faculty at Art Workshop International.

Barbara’s upcoming writing classes

  1. So You Want to Write a Novel

    with Barbara Shoup

    Oct 30, 2023 • 2 hour workshop

    Single-session live webinar

    Fiction writers of any genre

    Free for Premium members!

    Acclaimed author and teacher Barbara Shoup shows you the fundamentals of getting a successful novel started.