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Society of Young Inklings

Write a Story in Verse

with Sonja Solter


Dates: Monday-Thursday 8/7/23-8/10/23
Time: 9 - 11 am (PT) // 12 - 2 pm (PT)
Ages: 9-14

Are you a poet interested in making your poems into a story? Or are you a story writer who’d like to try a story in verse? During our four days together, we’ll explore how poetry can bring the voice and themes of your story to life, as well as how to develop a storyline in poems. Each day will include exercises or prompts, with plenty of time for brainstorming and writing. The focus will be on storytelling in general, not only for short stories, so feel free to bring novel in verse ideas as well. We will primarily be working with poetic techniques in free verse but will also cover how to include tighter poetic forms.


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:

Sonja K. Solter is a mentor 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.


Cancellation Policy:

Camp transfers or full 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 may choose to transfer to another camp or receive a refund less 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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  • Aug 7 - 10th, 2023
    Mon - Thu from 9:00 - 11:00 am

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