Young Author’s Studio Camps

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



 Dive into writing camp this summer.

Each of our Young Author’s Studio camps runs Monday-Thursday for 2 hours per session. We’re inviting passionate young writers from around the world–Stone Soup subscribers and Young Inklings alike–to join us on Zoom for writerly learning experiences. Each camp will include lively skill-building activities, time for drafting, and collaboration with peers.

June 13 – 16, 2022


Anthropology of the Everyday: The Art of Creative Nonfiction

9 – 11 am (PT) // 12 – 2 pm (ET)

Do you like writing about your life experiences? Would you like to learn some techniques for making your nonfiction writing more compelling and creative? 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 storytelling with writing about the details of your own everyday life. This class is for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructor: Laura Moran, Cultural Anthropologist, Coordinator of the Refugee Project for Stone Soup



 Design a Novel

1 – 3 pm (PT) // 4 – 6 pm (ET)

Design a new novel from the ground up, or take your current concept to the next level. In this workshop, you’ll brainstorm options, interview your characters, map your story-world, and shape your plot. Learn new tools and strategies to strengthen your writing craft, be inspired by ideas and writing by creative peers, and walk step-by-step through the process of developing a strong novel concept. You’ll walk away with a few drafted chapters, plus a complete plan to build from this solid foundation through the drafting process. This class is for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructor: Naomi Kinsman, Author, Founder of Society of Young Inklings 


June 27 – June 30, 2022


Literature in Miniature: A Study of Micro Fiction & Prose Poetry

9 – 11 am (PT) // 12 – 2 pm (ET)

Sometimes, the biggest of ideas are best expressed in the tiniest of forms. Experiment with micro lit in search of the perfect form for your slice of life offbeat observations and one-off descriptions! In this camp, You will write multiple self-contained pieces per day and will finish the class with enough writing to fill up a chapbook. This class is for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructor: Caleb Berg, editor, Stone Soup



Character Lab

1 – 3 pm (PT) // 4 – 6 pm (ET)

What drives your characters? What kinds of trouble will their choices lead them into? Bring an ongoing project, for instance your project from Design a Novel, to this workshop. Or, come with an open mind, ready to build a brand new cast of intriguing, full-of-potential characters. Your peer writers will collaborate and support you as you develop your characters past ink-and-paper ideas into vibrant life. This class is for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructor: Naomi Kinsman, Author, Founder of Society of Young Inklings 


July 11 – 14, 2022


Writer’s Lab

1 – 3 pm (PT) // 4 – 6 pm (ET)

How might you add conflict, surprise, heart, or humor to your scenes? Bring an ongoing project to our writer’s workshop or come with an open mind, ready to experiment with writing craft skills that transform your 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. This class is for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructor: Naomi Kinsman, Author, Founder of Society of Young Inklings 


July 18 – July 21, 2022

World Creation

1 – 3 pm (PT) // 4 – 6 pm (ET)

Whether you want to create a magical land, a futuristic dystopia, or an alternate universe, the world of your story can be anything you can imagine. But how do you make your world feel real to your reader?

During our four days together we’ll practice techniques to build new worlds that feel real and alive to your readers. Campers will support each other in giving the right amount of information at the right time to make our worlds interesting places for our plot to unfold. This camp is designed to create a world from the ground up so no prior writing is required. This class is for writers ages 12 – 16.

Instructor: Beth Spencewood, Director of Publishing Programs at Society of Young Inklings

July 25 – 28, 2022


 The Plot Thickens

9 – 11 am (PT) // 12 – 2 pm (ET)

A ticking time bomb. A secret in danger of being revealed. A mess of your character’s own making. How can we push the stakes in our stories to make them more compelling?

Whether your favorite genre is fantasy, realistic fiction, or adventure, whether you write short stories, are working on a longer piece, or prefer to craft graphic novels–this camp will focus on intensifying your storyline through a variety of engaging techniques. Our activities will help you to generate new stories or deepen stories you are already working on. This class is for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructor: Sonja K. Solter is a mentor and Drafting Workshop lead with the Society of Young Inklings, as well as the author of the middle-grade novel When You Know What I Know (2020).



 Identity and Imagination

1 – 3 pm (PT) // 4 – 6 pm (ET)

Whether you think of your identity as where you live, your culture, gender, religion, or how you see the world, you can learn to express that identity with your imagination! Each day we will focus on a different genre through which writers explore identity, including: realistic fiction, slam poetry, personal essay, and fantasy. Each day will consist of reading and discussion, a writing lesson, and time to work on a prompt. This course is open to students who want to create, share their work, and make friends in an encouraging setting, regardless of previous writing experience. We will end camp with an open mic to celebrate all you have created! This class is for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructor: Maya Mahony is the Stone Soup Book Club Facilitator and an MFA student in fiction at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.


August 1 – 4, 2022


 Playing with Poetic Forms

9 – 11 am (PT) // 12 – 2 pm (ET)

Poetry is made of substance…but also a lot of style. In this course, we will think primarily about the “style”—or “form”—of poetry! We will read, discuss, and practice writing in a number of established poetic forms: the haiku and the limerick, the ode and the elegy, the sonnet, the villanelle, and the free verse poem.

Questions we will consider throughout the week: How does the way you choose to write a poem change what the poem is about? What possibilities do different forms open up to us? How can I have fun with forms—and even invent my own? This class is for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructor: Emma Wood, Editor in Chief, Stone Soup Magazine


August 8 – 11, 2022


 Advanced Novel Writing

9 – 11 am (PT) // 12 – 2 pm (ET)

This course is going to teach you how to write a novel. We will focus on the basic techniques and tools of good storytelling: voice, description, setting, character, plot, conflict, and dialogue. Soon, you will be able to write a narrative that keeps the reader hooked and excited from start to finish. The course will consist of brainstorming activities, in-class writing exercises, readings, and workshops. By the end of our time together, you will be ready to outline, draft, and polish your novel.This class is for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructor: Conner Bassett, creative writing instructor, Stone Soup



 Poetry Club: Poetry and Spoken Word

1 – 3 pm (PT) // 4 – 6 pm (ET)

In four days, we’ll explore how we can find poetry in everything! From our favorite movies, to our favorite art, to even a few minutes with just our thoughts. We’ll learn some bold and fun techniques like repetition, rhythm, and sound. We’ll even learn how to write for an audience and talk about how we can look at poetry like a gift we can share with others. And we’ll work together on building our confidence in reading aloud and performing our poetry, and on the final day, we’ll celebrate with a real reading! This class is for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructor: Ari Tison, an American poet, essayist, educator, autoethnographer, and author of YA hybrid novel Saints of The Household (2023) + Untitled YA (TBD) with FSG/BFYR.


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