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Evan Griffith

Children's Book Author / Editor / Writing Instructor


Secrets of the Sea: The Story of Jeanne Power, Revolutionary Marine Scientist
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How did a 19th-century dressmaker revolutionize science? 


Jeanne Power was creative: She wanted to learn about the creatures who swim beneath the ocean waves, so she built glass tanks and changed how we study underwater life forever.


Jeanne Power was groundbreaking: She solved mysteries of sea animals and published her findings at a time when few women’s contributions to science were acknowledged.


Jeanne Power was persistent: When records of her research lost, she set to work repeating her studies. And when men tried to take credit for her achievements, she stood firm and insisted on the recognition due to her.


This book celebrates the ingenuity and courage of a marine scientist whose legacy lives on in every aquarium.

*Hear Evan talk about Secrets of the Sea and all things writing on the Truer Words podcast.*

Coming Summer 2022!
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Evan Griffith is the author of Secrets of the Sea: The Story of Jeanne Power, Revolutionary Marine Scientist (Clarion, 2021) and Manatee Summer, a middle-grade novel forthcoming from Quill Tree/Harper in 2022. He studied creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.


He worked for several years as an editor at Workman Publishing, where he specialized in non-fiction for children and adults, and he continues to edit books on a freelance basis. Through his role as the youth programming specialist at The Writing Barn, a creative writing education center, he also teaches online writing classes for kids.

He lives in Austin, Texas with a mischievous tuxedo cat and several overflowing bookshelves.


Representation: Michael Bourret at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC


I am currently taking on select editorial projects. As a former book editor, I can offer developmental editing and/or line-editing services. I am most interested in working on children's fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. Rates vary depending on the length and the needs of your manuscript. If you need a freelance editor, please get in touch via the contact form at the bottom of the page!



"Evan is a skilled editor who provides spot-on feedback at every step of the publishing process. He raises insightful questions and provides helpful and supportive edits that truly bring a book together."

- Laura Moss, author of Adventure Cats: Living Nine Lives to the Fullest

"Evan edits as a cherished collaborator working toward a clear, shared vision. His suggestions are insightful and his contributions are immediately helpful. I would work with Evan again anytime."

- Matthew Murrie, author of The Screaming Hairy Armadillo and 76 Other Animals with Weird, Wild Names

"Evan immediately homed in on the central elements of my novel and helped me focus and strengthen them. He has a keen eye for story and a gentle but direct way of communicating his critique." - Melissa Cole




I teach online creative writing classes through The Writing Barn. I am also available for virtual school visits. Upcoming events and classes will be listed here. Feel free to get in touch via the contact form below if you would like to arrange an event or visit. 



I would love to hear from you! Use the form below to say hi, inquire about editorial services, share a fun animal fact, or leave me cryptic clues for a mystery that needs solving. Or say hi on Twitter:

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