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Society of Young Inklings

An Introduction to Poetry: The Image and the Line

with Emma Wood


Dates: Monday-Thursday 6/26/23-6/29/23
Time: 9 - 11 am (PT) // 12 - 2 pm (ET)
Ages: 9-14

"Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads." - Marianne Moore

Consider this a brief immersion in the populating imaginary gardens with real toads. Together, we will closely read poems from the past and present as we attempt to understand what a poem is and what it can do. Then, in a supportive and dynamic creative community, we will also write our own poetry. We will employ imitation and use frequent writing prompts to shake us out of established modes of thinking and writing. Students will leave this course with at least five poems as well as a stronger sense of the possibilities of poetry.


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.

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Instructor Bio:

Emma Winsor Wood is Executive Director and Editor in Chief of Stone Soup. She is also the author of the poetry collection The Real World (BlazeVOX books, 2022) and the translator of A Failed Performance (Plays Inverse, 2018). Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, ZYZZYVA, Fence, jubilat, DIAGRAM, The Colorado Review, and BOAAT, among others. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a PhD in Literature from the University of California Santa Cruz.

She currently lives with her husband, their two young children, and two aging dogs in Connecticut. You can read more about her on her personal website.


Cancellation Policy:

Camp transfers or full refunds will be given for cancellations requested one week or more before the camp start date. For cancellation requests received less than one week before the camp start date, you may choose to transfer to another camp or receive a refund minus registration fees of $15.99.

Minimum enrollment: 6
Maximum enrollment: 20

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

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  • Jun 26 - 29th, 2023
    Mon - Thu from 9:00 - 11:00 am

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