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Society of Young Inklings

Character Lab

with Naomi Kinsman


Dates: Monday-Thursday 6/27/22-6/30/22
Time: 1 - 3 pm (PT) // 4 - 6 (ET)
Ages: 9-14

What drives your characters? What kinds of trouble will their choices lead them into? Bring an ongoing project to this workshop or come with an open mind, ready to build a brand new cast of intriguing, full-of-potential characters.

This Zoom workshop is facilitated by author Naomi Kinsman and will give you the opportunity to either continue your novel project from the Design a Novel camp, or to work on characters for any other project of your choice. Your peer writers will collaborate and support you as you develop your characters past ink-and-paper ideas into vibrant life.

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, be inspired by ideas and writing by creative peers, and walk step-by-step through the process of developing a strong cast of characters. You’ll walk away with a new set of writing tools and strategies, plus solid progress on the project of your choice.


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:

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.


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. 


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  • Jun 27 - 30th, 2022
    Mon - Thu from 1:00 - 3:00 pm

    Will run

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