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Society of Young Inklings


with Conner Bassett


Dates: Monday-Thursday 6/17/24-6/20/24
Time: 9 - 11 am (PT) // 12 - 2 pm (ET)
Ages: 9-14

The goal of this course is to produce one 10-minute play. To help you do this, we will approach playwriting as a form of craft—grounded in dialogue, character, voice, setting, tone, conflict, action, and plot structure. It will also emphasize a play’s arc: its beginning, turning point, and ending.

Besides writing our plays, we will study drama as an art form. We will ask questions, both practical and philosophical. What is drama? Where does it come from? How does it work? What distinguishes it from other forms of literary and performative arts?

What to Expect in Class: In each class, we will discuss aspects and techniques of playwriting and read scenes that demonstrate these techniques in action. Each class will also include writing prompts to help generate ideas for your plays.


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:

Conner 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 Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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 up to $20.

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 17 - 20th, 2024
    Mon - Thu from 9:00 - 11:00 am

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