Learning to move big ideas to the page is a craft that requires time, support and practice. We provide writer-to-writer connections, tools and support to youth who want to learn to express themselves on the printed page.
We each have stories to tell, and our own unique ways of telling them. That’s why we personalize each mentorship at Society of Young Inklings. Our mentors are professional writers, storytellers, and illustrators who help students understand how they think, learn, and best achieve momentum. Together with their mentors, young writers develop a customized set of strategies and tools so that reaching their writing goals is both practical and fun. Since our mentorships are held online, we're always in your neighborhood.
We have three different types of mentorships: One-on-One Mentorships, small group Writer's Circles, and an Editorial Mentorship which provides written, personalized feedback on one specific work.
Our mentors help you:
45 minutes, one writer
Tuition: $75 per writer
60 minutes, three-six writers
Tuition: $40 per writer
Editorial Letter Mentorship
One-time feedback: $125 per writer
Q: How often will my daughter meet with her mentor?
Mentorships generally are booked weekly, but some writers choose to meet with their mentors twice or even once per month. Online Writer's Circles meet weekly on a specified schedule. Editorial letter mentorships optionally include a one time, one-on-one mentorship.
Q: How will you choose a mentor for my son?
We consider a number of factors when matching mentors, including schedule and availability for your requested timing, a mentor’s strengths and a young writer's goals, personality match, and a match of interests, genre, and working style. Our mentors are professional writers, storytellers and illustrators who bring their own experience and passion for creative work to the art of mentorship.
Q: Will my daughter share her work with her mentor?
We collaborate using Google docs. During sessions, writers share their work in real-time with their mentors. Prior to each session, mentors scan through the writing done since the previous session. Should a writer want focused editorial reading, along with specific line notes, our mentors offer a variety of á la carte editorial services.
Q: Does every mentorship lead to a published book?
Our goal is to empower creative youth, and to help them put the big ideas in their minds and hearts on the page. Thus, we focus on helping youth set and meet goals, while also understanding the process and thinking skills that led them to their success. This means that the product of each mentorship, like the mentorship itself, will be personalized. One youth might work on short pieces, focusing solely on skill-building for a full term. Another might revise poetry and create a hand-bound book as a gift. A third might complete a novel, with plans to enroll in the Your Name in Ink program. We help students think through an appropriate goal for their current stage of development and break that project down into manageable steps.
Q: What might a typical session look like?
Each session will focus on a specific skill, such as crafting dialogue, deepening character motivation, or using figurative language to describe a setting. During the session, writers will play a game, or participate in a playful activity, to explore the day’s skill. Then, they will practice that skill in writing. Finally, they will review the day’s learning and keep track of new writing or thinking strategies to add to their toolkits.
Q: Does online mentorship work? Is it safe?
The web has opened incredible opportunities for youth and pros to collaborate, and yet with access also comes the need for mindfulness. We use COPPA guidelines to keep our online spaces safe, and also require that a guardian is present and available during sessions. All of our mentors are background checked. Beyond the fundamentals, however, safety is a core value for us at Society of Young Inklings. In order to develop creatively, one must feel safe, supported and engaged. Our resources and curriculum are all designed to bring a sense of improvisation, experimentation, and productive play to the creative process. Parents, mentors and students alike comment, "I thought it might be odd to meet online, but in the end, I was surprised at how the online space made it even more possible to collaborate." Many youth writers particularly like the real-time Google doc collaboration, as well as the personalized attention that can feel particularly focused through the video interaction.
Q: Is there a way to try out a mentorship before commiting?
Yes! For parents, we offer a 20-minute info call. Our goal in this call is to answer your questions and also to learn more about your son or daughter's goals and interests.
After our conversation, if you're ready to give a mentorship a try, we'll match your son or daughter with a mentor. We plan for one month's worth of sessions, but if for any reason you decide the mentorship isn't a match for you, not to worry! We only ask that you provide 24-hour notice prior to a session to cancel.