Benjamin Ludwig

Critically Acclaimed Novelist
IndieNext Pick
Travels from: Manchester, NH

“A brilliant debut.” –Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project

Benjamin Ludwig is a teacher, a foster parent, and a writer. He is the author of the YA/literary novel, Ginny Moon, published by HarperCollins | Park Row Books in 2017. The book, which was inspired by his experience adopting a teenager with special needs, was an Indie Next pick, a Library Reads pick, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and one of’s 20 Best Books of 2017. To date it has been published in 19 countries. His novella, Sourdough,was the recipient of the 2013 Clay Reynolds Prize for the Novella.

A former classroom teacher, literacy coach, and new-teacher mentor, he is the director of The Teachers’ Writers’ Workshop (, which provides writing and publishing classes for teachers. He and his family live in New Hampshire.

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Ginny Moon

Park Row |

“A brilliant debut.” –Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project


Full of great big heart and unexpected humor, Ludwig’s debut introduces the lovable, wholly original Ginny Moon who discovers a new meaning of family on her unconventional journey home.


Ginny Moon is exceptional. Everyone knows it–her friends at school, teammates on the basketball team, and especially her new adoptive parents. They all love her, even if they don’t quite understand her. They want her to feel like she belongs.


What they don’t know is that Ginny has no intention of belonging. She’s found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her–even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous. Because Ginny left something behind and she’s desperate to get it back, to make things right.


But no one listens. No one understands. So Ginny takes matters into her own hands…


Benjamin Ludwig’s whip-smart, unforgettable novel is an illuminating look at one girl’s journey to find her way home and one of the freshest debuts in years.

A Teacher’s Identity: Why Teachers Need to Write and Publish

Benjamin’s signature event, A Teacher’s Identity, is a one-day dip into the Teachers’ Writers’ Workshop. He’ll provide procedures and methods for setting up a Professional Writing Group in your school, and will explore different ways that teachers can find their voices, and publish their work.

Creating a Culture of Literacy

What does it mean to be literate today? Is it true that students don’t read as much as they used to? Together we’ll explore how to make your school a place where reading and writing are celebrated, practiced, and loved by everyone.

Hook, Line, and Sinker

When he was in third grade, Benjamin wanted to impress a certain girl, so he started reading the same book she was reading, and ended up falling in love with the book instead. Completely hooked on books, he later decided to become an English teacher, thinking it would give him time to read and write. Now that he writes full-time, he finds himself visiting schools, where he advocates for teachers and students. In this talk, he discusses how love is a form of curiosity, and how the past can weave us back into ourselves, helping us to remember who we truly are.

The Writing Life

What’s it like to be an author? How do you come up with ideas for a book? How do you get a book published? Benjamin covers everything from finding your voice to drafting a manuscript; from finding a publisher, to discovering that — once your book is published — your deepest fears and secrets exist for all the world to read them.

The Turning Point

Sometimes in our lives we find ourselves doing something a little bit unexpected, like spontaneously moving to Alaska, or adopting a teenager with special needs. But that’s precisely how stories start – at the moment when everything changes. This same concept, which certainly applies to narratives, is also a key to writing expository, personal, and persuasive essays.

Benjamin’s Media

Benjamin’s Upcoming Events

Honors, Awards & Recognition

Indie Next List
Library Reads Pick
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick

Media Kit

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where you can download author photos and cover images.

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