Young Author’s Studio Camps

Connect with youth who love to write in creative camps this summer!

We’ve had a blast!


Thank you so much for joining us for Young Author’s Studio this summer. Stay tuned for more opportunities to connect with Society of Young Inklings and Stone Soup this fall.

Dive into writing camp this summer.

Each of our Young Author Studio camps runs Monday-Thursday from 9-11 am (PST). We’re inviting passionate young writers from around the world––Stone Soup subscribers and Young Inklings alike––to join us for writerly learning experiences. Each camp will include lively skill-building activities, time for drafting, and collaboration with peers.

Join Stone Soup’s Laura Moran, who coordinates the Refugee Project and the Stone Soup Book Club, for Anthropology at Home: The Art of Creative Nonfiction. This camp is offered twice. One camp runs the week of June 29, and the second on the week of July 27. These camps are appropriate for ages 11-13.

The Writer’s Lab and Design a Picture Book camps are facilitated by Young Inklings founder, Naomi Kinsman. Writer’s Lab runs the week of July 13, and Design a Picture Book runs the week of July 20. Both camps are appropriate for repeat campers or for writers joining for the first time. The suggested age range for these camps is 10 to 13 years old.

Looking for extra inspiration from Stone Soup? You’re in luck! Check out their Daily Creativity page here.

About Stone Soup

Stone Soup is a beloved literary magazine and website written and illustrated by kids through age 13. Now in its 47th year, Stone Soup has been inspiring children to read, write, and create their own artworks for publication since 1973.

Subscribers to the print edition of Stone Soup get 11 full color issues every year delivered to their mailboxes, plus full access to the online edition. Free submissions are included in every subscription.

If you’re not a subscriber, we encourage you to sign up today!

Facilitated by Laura Moran

Anthropology at Home: The Art of Creative Nonfiction

July 27 – July 30, 2020 (9 – 11 am PST)

Do you like writing about your life experiences? Would you like to learn some techniques for making your nonfiction writing more compelling and creative? Are you interested in sharing your voice in this historic moment? Join this class to write your own unique piece of creative nonfiction!

In this class you will learn a method of personal writing sometimes used by researchers who study and write about people and cultures–otherwise known as anthropologists. It’s called “autoethnography” and it combines personal storytelling with writing about the details of your own world. Young writers will learn how anthropologists research, learn and write about the people and societies they explore, and then apply that approach in an exploration of their own personal worlds and experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the techniques will even provide a fresh approach to enhance your fictional character development!

Facilitated by Naomi Kinsman

Writer's Lab

July 13 – 16, 2020 (9 – 11 am PST)

How might add conflict, surprise, heart, or humor to your scenes? Bring an ongoing project to this workshop or come with an open mind, ready to experiment with writing craft skills that take scenes from strong to spectacular. Your peer writers will collaborate and support you as you work on a short story, a play, a novel, a graphic novel, a collection of narrative poems, or other project of your choice. 

Design a Picture Book

July 20 – 23, 2020 (9 – 11 am PST) 

Come artists and writers alike! In this writing and art-making workshop, you’ll play to your strengths, be those strengths visual art, storytelling, or both. Bring an existing picture book project or come with an open mind. We’ll work on finessing your text, illustration style, page layout, and more. 

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