STORY SPRINT: Write a Fantasy

Sharpen your pencils and lace up your tennis shoes! In this fast-paced mini-course, you will sprint your way from idea to finished short story with author Naomi Kinsman.

Choose one of three approaches:  

  • Spend a Saturday with the Inklings: Throw a writing party and work your way from beginning to end in three (intense) hours.
  • Write over four weekends: Break the writing process up so you can spend more time drafting and building your skills along the way.
  • Create a masterpiece in six weeks: Give yourself the luxury of time for each stage of the writing process. You’ll have time to stretch your skills, explore possibilities outside your comfort zone, and invest time in polishing and revising your work.  

… Or try all three! 

That’s the best thing about the Story Sprint series. It’s an experience designed for creative thinkers who love to push past their limits. You know the best way to level up as an artist is to write the very best story you can, and once you’re done, build on all you’ve learned when you start the process again.

Whether this is the fifth or fiftieth story you’ve written, you’ll find questions, games, and activities here to launch your thinking in new directions.  


Ready …

  • Brainstorm a Fantastical World
  • Explore Character Ideas
  • Develop a Main Character

Set …

  • Map the World of Your Story
  • Storyboard a Plot
  • Troubleshoot Potential Problems


  • Sprint One: Draft the Beginning
  • Sprint Two: Draft the Middle
  • Sprint Three: Draft the Climax
  • Sprint Four: Draft the Resolution

Cross the Finish Line 

  • Quick Revision Strategies  
  • Create a Cover and Make it a Book



After brainstorming a couple story concepts, each writer will choose one fantastical world to develop. Then, we’ll develop a main character and a flexible plot. Next, we’ll race the clock in a series of short drafting sessions. Finally, writers will choose one of three quick revision strategies, and then transform their story into a colorful book to share with family and friends.


Writers will:

  • practice making quick decisions
  • strengthen their writing stamina
  • learn to both start AND finish a story


Q: When does the course start and finish?

A: The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish. 

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

A: For three 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

Let’s Go! Story Sprint: Write a Fantasy is open NOW for enrollment.