Carmela A. Martino

Author. Speaker. Teacher.

Selected Works

Middle-Grade Novel
Rosa didn't know which she hated more--being lonely or being different. One thing she did know--she wanted a baby brother . . . one just like Antonio.

To read an excerpt from the novel,
click here.

For a list of discussion questions, click here.


The new edition of Rosa, Sola is now available, and includes a new "Discussion Questions" section for classroom use. The paperback can be ordered directly here, and from most online booksellers. The Kindle version is available from Amazon, and the Nook version is at BN.com!
Two Articles in the book below
Carmela's two articles appears in the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market edited by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer's Digest Books).
Short Story in Anthology
Short story in I Fooled You: Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes, and Switcheroos, a middle-grade anthology edited by Johanna Hurwitz. See the teacher's guide here.
Poem in And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer, a collection of 50 sports poems by writers from 10 countries.
Poem in Anthology
In Chicken Soup for the Soup: Teens Talk High School edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark, & Madeline Clapps
For Recommended Reading for Children and Teens click below:

Writing Classes

Carmela has taught writing classes for both children and adults since 1998. (She also occasionally teaches courses in Children's Literature and Adolescent Literature.) See below for a listing of classes for adults. For children's classes, see the right-hand sidebar.

Note: If you would like to receive periodic updates regarding Carmela's classes, along with other news, sign up for her e-newsletter in the sidebar.

Adult Writing Classes





One-day workshop: Turning Life into Fiction

This one-day workshop will introduce you to techniques for creating fiction based on your own life events, or those of others. Learn how to mine your past for story ideas and details that will bring your fiction to life. Find out how to create composite characters from real people and turn anecdotes into stories that have a beginning, middle, and end.

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
9 a.m.—3 p.m.

Please bring a sack lunch.
Course code HUMNT-0002-003.
Cost: $89.

To register online, click the College of DuPage link below. Please register at least TWO weeks before the class start date.

College of DuPage is located at:
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

For Continuing Education information, call (630) 942-2208.





Watch this space for updates when new classes for adults are scheduled, or, to receive updates via email, sign up for Carmela's e-newsletter in the right sidebar.

Mayslake Peabody Estate is located at:
1717 W. 31st Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523

To register for the class, call Mayslake at (630) 206-9566.

For information about the Mayslake Peabody Estate, click the following link. You can also register online--see the link below.





Feedback from Adult Students


"Carmela's class was outstanding. I have a list of revisions to make from all that I learned. If you ever have a chance to take any of her classes I can assure your money and time will be well spent.”


—Mary Sandford
Lisle, IL


"I would like to sing the praises of Carmela Martino, teacher extraordinaire. . . . Attendees at all experience levels got valuable ideas and insights from the exercises she shared, as well as the experiences she described in working through the writing of Rosa, Sola.”


—Lisa Bierman
Oak Park, IL


"I just wanted to celebrate Carmela Martino. . . . The exercises she offered were extremely helpful. Her emotions poured out as she described the writing process she went through with her novel Rosa, Sola. Thank you, Carmela, for inspiring me to dig deep into my soul to write compelling (let's hope) children's literature.”


—Trina Sotira
Roselle, IL









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Classes for Children


This Summer, Carmela will be offering a week-long summer writing camp for children as part of the NEW Creativity Camp at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. See below for details.

NEW! Creativity Camp


Carmela will teach the morning session of this brand new week-long Creativity Camp:

July 10 – 14, 2017
9 a.m. – Noon
ages 9-12

Note: classes are limited to 12 students, so register early!


Students may also sign up for the optional afternoon session on drawing/​painting.

Mayslake Peabody Estate is located at:
1717 W. 31st Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523

For more information, click the link below or call Mayslake at (630) 206-9566.