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Summer Camps with Stone Soup and Society of Young Inklings

Writer's Lab

$200

with Naomi Kinsman

Calendar Jul 11, 2022 at 1 pm

Dates: Monday-Thursday 7/11/22-7/14/22
Time: 1 - 3 pm (PT) // 4 - 6 (ET)
Ages: 9-14

How might you add conflict, surprise, heart, or humor to your scenes? Bring an ongoing project to our writer’s workshop or come with an open mind, ready to experiment with writing craft skills that transform your scenes from strong to spectacular. Your peer writers will collaborate and support you as you work on a short story, a play, a novel, a graphic novel, a collection of narrative poems, or other project of your choice.

This Zoom workshop is facilitated by author Naomi Kinsman and is designed to support repeat summer camp students who want to take their current project further, as well as new campers who either want to start a new project or move forward with an ongoing one.

Meeting virtually with Young Inklings community members and Stone Soup subscribers means that you’ll connect with young artists and writers from around the world who are passionate and committed to their creative projects, just like you. Over the four days of camp, you’ll learn new tools and strategies to strengthen your writing craft skills, and be inspired by ideas and writing by creative peers.

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Stone Soup and Society of Young Inklings are both nonprofit organizations, and part of our collaborative mission is to celebrate the full, vibrant diversity of youth writers' voices and stories.

To apply for a scholarship, visit this link.

To donate in support of scholarships, visit this link.

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 Instructor Bio:

Naomi Kinsman is the founder and executive director of Society of Young Inklings, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting youth creative writers. She is also the author of the From Sadie’s Sketchbook Series and Spilled Ink, the award-winning Inklings Writers’ Notebook, Naomi is passionate about sharing her love of writing and creativity with young writers. Naomi’s background in improvisational and story theatre as well as her arts education work in Chicago, Portland, and the Bay Area has convinced her that creative play is a doorway through which learners can find inspiration and transformative learning experiences.

Naomi loves to play in many ways, but some of her favorites are tap-dancing, sketching, experimenting in the kitchen, and playing with her puppy, Lexi. Naomi has a BA in Theatre Arts from Seattle Pacific University and has studied theatre with the Piven Theatre Workshop and ACT. She also has a Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University.

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Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be given for cancellations requested one week or more in advance of the camp start date. For cancellation requests received less than one week before the camp start date, you will receive credit towards another camp or learning experience. 

Minimum enrollment: 6
Maximum enrollment: 20

Should minimum enrollment not be met, we will contact you to offer a refund or other learning experience in exchange. 

 

Please contact us at info@younginklings.org with any questions.

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World Creation

$200

with Beth Spencewood

Calendar Jul 18, 2022 at 1 pm

Dates: Monday-Thursday 7/18/22-7/21/22
Time: 1 - 3 pm (PT) // 4 - 6 (ET)
Ages: 12-16

Whether you want to create a magical land, a futuristic dystopia, or an alternate universe, the world of your story can be anything you can imagine. But how do you make your world feel real to your reader?

During our four days together in this Zoom summer camp, we'll practice techniques to build new worlds that feel real and alive to your readers. Campers will support each other in giving the right amount of information at the right time to make our worlds interesting places for our plot to unfold. This camp is designed to create a world from the ground up so no prior writing is required.

This camp is appropriate for ages 12-16.

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Stone Soup and Society of Young Inklings are both nonprofit organizations, and part of our collaborative mission is to celebrate the full, vibrant diversity of youth writers' voices and stories.

To apply for a scholarship, visit this link.

To donate in support of scholarships, visit this link.

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 Instructor Bio:

Beth Spencewood grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she spent the long winters reading her favorite books and writing funny short stories starring her friends. She got a bachelor’s degree in psychology and worked in nonprofit management for many years. Now she has an MFA in writing and writes novels for young adults. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling, playing board games, biking with her family, or cross-stitching.

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Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be given for cancellations requested one week or more in advance of the camp start date. For cancellation requests received less than one week before the camp start date, you will receive credit towards another camp or learning experience. 

Minimum enrollment: 6
Maximum enrollment: 20

Should minimum enrollment not be met, we will contact you to offer a refund or other learning experience in exchange. 

 

Please contact us at info@younginklings.org with any questions.

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The Plot Thickens

$200

with Sonja Solter

Calendar Jul 25, 2022 at 9 am

Dates: Monday-Thursday 7/25/22-7/28/22
Time: 9 - 11 am (PT) // 12 - 2 pm (ET)
Ages: 9-14

A ticking time bomb. A secret in danger of being revealed. A mess of your character’s own making. How can we push the stakes in our stories to make them more compelling?

Whether your favorite genre is fantasy, realistic fiction, or adventure, whether you write short stories, are working on a longer piece, or prefer to craft graphic novels–this online summer camp will focus on intensifying your storyline through a variety of engaging techniques. Our activities will help you to generate new stories or deepen stories you are already working on. 

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Stone Soup and Society of Young Inklings are both nonprofit organizations, and part of our collaborative mission is to celebrate the full, vibrant diversity of youth writers' voices and stories.

To apply for a scholarship, visit this link.

To donate in support of scholarships, visit this link.

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 Instructor Bio:

Sonja K. Solter is a mentor and Drafting Workshop headteacher with the Society of Young Inklings. She spent her childhood summers in her mother’s homeland of Finland and traveled the world extensively with her family. She read so voraciously as a child that she once brought over 70 books on a trip. (Her mother is still trying to figure out how that slipped by her).

Sonja graduated with an interdisciplinary degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She writes for all age levels and has had a reader published for the educational market. She has also been a Music Together director and teacher, where she especially enjoyed the collaborative improvisation aspect of the program.

Sonja lives with her husband and two children in Louisville, CO, and enjoys nature, travel, and yoga. Her debut middle-grade novel in verse, When You Know What I Know, is an ILA Honor Book and Colorado Book Award Finalist.

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Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be given for cancellations requested one week or more in advance of the camp start date. For cancellation requests received less than one week before the camp start date, you will receive credit towards another camp or learning experience. 

Minimum enrollment: 6
Maximum enrollment: 20

Should minimum enrollment not be met, we will contact you to offer a refund or other learning experience in exchange. 

 

Please contact us at info@younginklings.org with any questions.

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Identity and Imagination

$200

with Maya Mahony

Calendar Jul 25, 2022 at 1 pm

Dates: Monday-Thursday 7/25/22-7/28/22
Time: 1 - 3 pm (PT) // 4 - 6 pm (ET)
Ages: 9-14

Whether you think of your identity as where you live, your culture, gender, religion, or how you see the world, you can learn to express that identity with your imagination! Each day we will focus on a different genre through which writers explore identity, including: realistic fiction, slam poetry, personal essay, and fantasy. Each day will consist of reading and discussion, a writing lesson, and time to work on a prompt. This course is open to students who want to create, share their work, and make friends in an encouraging setting, regardless of previous writing experience. We will end camp with an open mic to celebrate all you have created!

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Stone Soup and Society of Young Inklings are both nonprofit organizations, and part of our collaborative mission is to celebrate the full, vibrant diversity of youth writers' voices and stories.

To apply for a scholarship, visit this link.

To donate in support of scholarships, visit this link.

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 Instructor Bio:

Maya Mahony joined the Stone Soup team in 2022 as the Book Club Facilitator. Maya is an MFA student in fiction at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her stories have appeared in literary journals such as The Antigonish Review, Scrivener Creative Review, and Terrain.org, among others. Maya has tutored creative writing to elementary, middle, and high schoolers, and has designed and taught her own creative writing camp. Maya loves to write and read young adult and middle grade novels.

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Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be given for cancellations requested one week or more in advance of the camp start date. For cancellation requests received less than one week before the camp start date, you will receive credit towards another camp or learning experience. 

Minimum enrollment: 6
Maximum enrollment: 20

Should minimum enrollment not be met, we will contact you to offer a refund or other learning experience in exchange. 

 

Please contact us at info@younginklings.org with any questions.

Playing with Poetic Forms

$200

with Emma Wood

Calendar Aug 1, 2022 at 9 am

Dates: Monday-Thursday 8/1/22-8/4/22
Time: 9 - 11 am (PT) // 12 - 2 pm (ET)
Ages: 9-14

Poetry is made of substance...but also a lot of style. In this course, we will think primarily about the "style"—or "form"—of poetry! We will read, discuss, and practice writing in a number of established poetic forms: the haiku and the limerick, the ode and the elegy, the sonnet, the villanelle, and the free verse poem.

Questions we will consider throughout the week: How does the way you choose to write a poem change what the poem is about? What possibilities do different forms open up to us? How can I have fun with forms—and even invent my own?

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Stone Soup and Society of Young Inklings are both nonprofit organizations, and part of our collaborative mission is to celebrate the full, vibrant diversity of youth writers' voices and stories.

To apply for a scholarship, visit this link.

To donate in support of scholarships, visit this link.

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 Instructor Bio:

Emma Winsor Wood is the editor-in-chief for Stone Soup magazine. Originally from New York City, Emma holds a BA from Harvard in Russian History & Literature and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she taught literature and poetry writing. She has also taught writing at San José State University and the University of California Santa Cruz. Her first book of poems, The Real World, was released in 2022. Her poetry has received fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, in addition to appearing in a number of literary journals.

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Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be given for cancellations requested one week or more in advance of the camp start date. For cancellation requests received less than one week before the camp start date, you will receive credit towards another camp or learning experience. 

Minimum enrollment: 6
Maximum enrollment: 20

Should minimum enrollment not be met, we will contact you to offer a refund or other learning experience in exchange. 

 

Please contact us at info@younginklings.org with any questions.

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Advanced Novel Writing

$200

with Conner Bassett

Calendar Aug 8, 2022 at 9 am

Dates: Monday-Thursday 8/8/22-8/11/22
Time: 9 - 11 am (PT) // 12 - 2 pm (ET)
Ages: 9-14

This course is going to teach you how to write a novel. We will focus on the basic techniques and tools of good storytelling: voice, description, setting, character, plot, conflict, and dialogue. Soon, you will be able to write a narrative that keeps the reader hooked and excited from start to finish. The course will consist of brainstorming activities, in-class writing exercises, readings, and workshops. By the end of our time together, you will be ready to outline, draft, and polish your novel.

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Stone Soup and Society of Young Inklings are both nonprofit organizations, and part of our collaborative mission is to celebrate the full, vibrant diversity of youth writers' voices and stories.

To apply for a scholarship, visit this link.

To donate in support of scholarships, visit this link.

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 Instructor Bio:

C Dylan Bassett has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of California-Santa Cruz. His writing has appeared in the Chicago Review, Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Albright College in Pennsylvania.

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Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be given for cancellations requested one week or more in advance of the camp start date. For cancellation requests received less than one week before the camp start date, you will receive credit towards another camp or learning experience. 

Minimum enrollment: 6
Maximum enrollment: 20

Should minimum enrollment not be met, we will contact you to offer a refund or other learning experience in exchange. 

 

Please contact us at info@younginklings.org with any questions.

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Poetry Club: Poetry & Spoken Word

$200

with Ari Tison

Calendar Aug 8, 2022 at 1 pm

Dates: Monday-Thursday 8/8/22-8/11/22
Time: 1 - 3 pm (PT) // 4 - 6 (ET)
Ages: 9-14

In this online summer camp, we’ll explore how we can find poetry in everything! From our favorite movies, to our favorite art, to even a few minutes with just our thoughts. We’ll learn some bold and fun techniques like repetition, rhythm, and sound. We’ll even learn how to write for an audience and talk about how we can look at poetry like a gift we can share with others. And we’ll work together on building our confidence in reading aloud and performing our poetry, and on the final day, we’ll celebrate with a real reading!

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Stone Soup and Society of Young Inklings are both nonprofit organizations, and part of our collaborative mission is to celebrate the full, vibrant diversity of youth writers' voices and stories.

To apply for a scholarship, visit this link.

To donate in support of scholarships, visit this link.

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 Instructor Bio:

Ari Tison is a Bribri (Indigenous Costa Rican) American poet, essayist, educator, autoethnographer, and author of YA hybrid novel Saints of The Household (2023) + Untitled YA (TBD) with FSG/BFYR. Her poetry and essays have been published in Rock & Sling, Yellow Medicine, The Under Review, and most recently in POETRY's first issue for young people.

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Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be given for cancellations requested one week or more in advance of the camp start date. For cancellation requests received less than one week before the camp start date, you will receive credit towards another camp or learning experience. 

Minimum enrollment: 6
Maximum enrollment: 20

Should minimum enrollment not be met, we will contact you to offer a refund or other learning experience in exchange. 

 

Please contact us at info@younginklings.org with any questions.





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