You CAN write that novel! Society of Young Inklings will guide you through the process step-by-step.

Over the course of six weeks, youth writers will play their way through brainstorming challenges, problem-solving activities, and improvisational games with author, Naomi Kinsman, to create a practical, creative blueprint for their next novel.  

Let's Go!

Maybe you're like Avery, and you're ready to challenge yourself to create characters with emotional depth and humor. You want characters you can believe in that will motivate you to keep drafting your novel all the way through "the end."

Avery-Salim's Battle

Or maybe you're like Sophia, and you've been inspired to write a novel that will change people's perspectives and make an impact in the world.

The Other Side of the Bridge by Sophia Nesamoney
Sophia-Published Book

The big ideas in your heart and head matter. We'll help you shape them on the page into a novel you're proud to share.

Let's Go!


Part One: Sketching Ideas

  • What Kind of Book Will You Write?
  • Exploring Ideas
  • Clarifying the Concept

Part Two: Crafting Characters  

  • Developing Your Main Character  
  • Developing Your Cast  
  • Backstory and Beliefs

Part Three: Designing Storytelling Style  

  • Point of View  
  • Dialogue  
  • Experimenting with Scenes

Part Four: Building the World of Your Story  

  • Mapping the World  
  • Culture and Conflict  
  • Detailing Scenes

Part Five: Structuring Plot  

  • The Hero's Journey  
  • Scene Brainstorm  
  • Plot Problem Solving

Part Six: Planning Your Drafting Process  

  • Setting Milestones  
  • Drafting Tools  
  • Block-Busting Plan


Course Work- Blueprints for a Novel


After brainstorming and testing a variety of story concepts, each writer will choose one to develop. Next, we'll create a cast of characters, a detailed setting, and a flexible plot. At the end of Design a Novel, each writer will have a few introductory chapters and a solid plan for the rest of the drafting process.  

Live Webcasts:

Throughout the course, Naomi will be available via live video to answer questions and help writers problem-solve. Throughout the course, writers will have access to Naomi via email to ask questions, many of which will be tackled in depth during weekly office hours.  

Course Schedule:

Our first live webcast will be on the official start date of the course: Thursday, 9/19/19 at 4:00 PM PT.

Each week, another section of videos will be released, so Naomi and the writers can work through the material together. However, don't worry about running out of time! You will have access to the course for at least three years, or as long as the course is available here on our site, whichever is longer.  


Q: When does the course start and finish?

A: For the first six weeks from the course start date, you will receive additional help moving through the program in the form of live video webcasts and email support. From there, it is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you work and when you finish. After the fall, our next Design a Novel program will begin in early 2020.

Q: How long do I have access to the course?

A: For two years, or as long as the course is available on our site, whichever is longer. After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course - across any and all devices you own.

Q: What if I am unhappy with the course?

A: We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Still have questions?

Feel free to reach out to Naomi Kinsman at

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Let's go! Inklings Lab: Design a Novel starts on 9/19/19.

Enroll today!