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.  

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.”

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 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.


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



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.  

Course Schedule:

Design a Novel is completely self-paced, but we suggest allotting 6 weeks for going through the course.


Q: When does the course start and finish?

A: The course is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you work and when you finish! We suggest allowing about 6 weeks to work through the material, but it’s up to you how fast or how slow you go.

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 naomi@younginklings.org.