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What will your child gain from writing with Society of Young Inklings?

What if your child could join a community of creative peers and mentors and feel seen and heard as a writer whose voice matters? What possibilities. might that confidence and sense of purpose unlock?

At Society of Young Inklings, your child will build meaningful connections with professional writers and authors, and also with creative peers. Writing alongside other passionate, experienced writers is a far different experience than writing in school. We intimately understand the ups and downs of the writer’s life, and we help one another put challenges into perspective. In our community, creative writing is seen as the art form it is, celebrated as a means of imaginative and often courageous expression, and respected as an artistic craft that requires focused skill development.

Developing as a writer, especially in this artistic, focused way, involves building grit, empathy, and vision. Whether your child is prolific or blocked, a structured thinker or an abstract one, when you make space for them to tap into and further explore their unique voice, you’re making space for them to thrive.

Where should you start?

Every writer is unique, and throughout their experience at Society of Young Inklings, writers will likely transition from one kind of program to another. As a starting point, we recommend that writers begin as members of the Drafting Workshop. The Drafting Workshop has a flexible schedule, provides connection with mentors and creative peers, and leaves a lot of room for writers to work on whatever project fits them best. Once they get to know our community, and we get to know them, it will be much easier to make decisions about the next right program or goal to meet your writer’s specific needs. To learn more about the Drafting Workshop, visit this link.

We have something special for you, too! Parents often ask how they can best support their writers, how to help them problem solve, how much to weigh in on their writing or when to hold back, what kinds of feedback are helpful, and more. The mini-series below addresses many of those questions and can be worked through on your own schedule. Scroll down to get started, or bookmark this page and come back when your schedule allows.

PARENT EDUCATION MINI-SERIES

Carve Out Creative Space for Your Child 

Creative writing may feel like a luxury. In fact, creative writing has the ability to transform your child’s academic year. In this parent education mini-series, we’re exploring the why and how. Help your child think deeper, explore further, and finish faster.

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Watch the Mini-Series

Part One: Why Does Creative Writing Lead to Academic Success?

  • Start with our natural storytelling skills
  • Work through emotional obstacles all writers face
  • Free yourself to face bigger challenges

Take Action! Find one in-between moment–while driving, at the dinner table, while walking to the park, and tell an impromptu story with your child.

Part Two: What Skills Do Writers Need to Master for Academic Success?

  • Lateral thinking replaces rigid thinking and scarcity
  •  Growth mindset replaces lack of stamina
  • Confidence replaces self-doubt

Take Action! Reflect on the three challenges discussed. Which is likely the biggest obstacle for your writer? For you? In our next session, we’ll explore practical tools for practicing these three mindset shifts.

Part Three: How Can Parents and Educators Support this Skill Development?

  • Questions to help your child think deeper
  • A brainstorming strategy to help your child explore further
  • A feedback tool to help your child finish faster

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