Dawn Hoffer ICL Published Grad

Dawn Hoffer

Published Work: Be The One, 40 Poems for Every Mood

Dawn is a graduate of Institute for Children’s Literature. View Course Catalog >

Welcome to the Winners’ Circle where we celebrate the success of our ICL and IFW published graduates. Today we are celebrating Writing for Children and Teens graduate and published author Dawn Hoffer!

Be the One and 40 Poems for Every Mood by Dawn HofferWhat are the names of your books?

Be The One A Self-help Book for Teens and Young Adults

40 Poems For Every Mood

Give us a short summary of your work.

Be The One is an inspirational self-help book for teens and young adults with worksheet areas, a quick meditation guide and uplifting playlist! I share some stories from growing up with a little touch of abuse of all kinds, suicide, and addiction while promoting faith and meditation to get you through the hardest times. It’s an easy read with larger font and only 83 pages for the intimidated reader and advanced readers love how quickly they breeze through it!

If you’ve loved, lost and had everything else done to you in between, then 40 Poems for Every Mood is the perfect poems book for you! With life’s greatest challenges comes life’s greatest treasures and every emotion to go along with them! The roller coaster of life goes on and the ups and downs continue. Finding the magic in the journey is what it’s all about! When I was writing this book, my greatest wish was that the readers relate to and feel each poem as they are meant to be absorbed. If you are inspired at the end, there is a section for you to write your own poem about something important in your life. I hope these poems help you get through your journey and get you to your next destination!

Tell us a bit about your path to publishing, from idea to publication.

I published two books last year. The first is a poem book from poems I wrote as a teen and young adult to more mature poems in my seasoned adults years. I went through Amazon for  publishing after hiring my illustrator and editor on Fiverr and had my husband do the formatting.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was 14 years old. I used it as an outlet as a teen and still have my notebooks from all those years ago.

What’s your favorite genre to write and why?

Self-Help to help others.

Dawn HofferPlease list the course or courses you’ve taken with us.

Writing for Children and Teens

How has taking our courses helped your writing and/or career?

This is something I’ve always wanted to do and now that I just started my business in my 40s I’m so grateful for all I learned attending your classes and for having my diploma!

Have any of your class assignments been published?


Do you have a favorite writing tip you’d like to share?
Write about what inspires you!

If you could travel back in time and give yourself one piece of writing advice, what would it be?

Find a good editor in the beginning and know you will have to read your work about 20 times before submitting to publishing to ensure it’s perfect. And know your time for this will come.

What’s the most valuable thing you learned from your experience with the Institute of Children’s Literature?

I learned proper punctuation and grammar. The assignments helped me learn my style of writing as well.

Why did you become a writer?
My dream has always been to help others through my stories. Only after taking a year and nine month break from alcohol did I take writing a book seriously. I’ve since published two books in a year with many more to follow!

Dawn Hoffer has suffered through much adversity which she writes about in each of her books in a way that is entertaining and fun for the reader. For every negative thing she speaks of, the positivity that follows is endless. Her books are inspirational for any age!

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for this beautiful writeup on my author career! I’m so grateful I made the decision to attend your school and take all I’ve learned with me on this incredible journey!

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