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Society of Young Inklings

Genre 101

with Carmela Furio


Dates: Monday-Thursday 6/26/23-6/29/23
Time: 1 - 3 pm (PT) // 4 - 6 pm (ET)
Ages: 9-14

Genre fiction is everywhere! From aliens and fairies to princesses and pirates, these new and exciting worlds make up some of our favorite stories. But what makes a princess, well, a princess? What’s the difference between a fairy and the fey? And, most importantly, could an alien and a pirate ever actually meet?

In this camp, we’ll explore works of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and magical realism. Campers will be introduced to new tools and techniques to strengthen their confidence in writing different genres. We’ll work together to define the invisible rules of genre and learn new ways to use themes and archetypes in our own writing. In-class time will be devoted to writing and students will be encouraged to share their work in a welcoming environment.


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:

Carmela Furio works with Stone Soup Magazine as their Production Coordinator. A writer, translator, and book designer, Carmela grew up in Illinois where she spent most of her time reading in the stacks of her school library. She graduated with a B.A. in English, Creative Writing, and Publishing and a B.A. in Italian from the University of Iowa, where she played a strong role in developing the literary journal community. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Library and Information Sciences. Carmela is the co-founder of the intercollegiate spec-lit/genre fiction journal, Wilder Things Magazine.


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 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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