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 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.

July 26 – 29, 2021

Start Your Own Literary Journal

9 – 11 am (PT) // 12 – 2 pm (ET)

Join Stone Soup Intern and Editor of The Apricot Journal Anya Geist, and Stone Soup Managing Editor Jane Levi for a class on how to start your own literary journal. We will work through all the steps–practical and creative–you will need to take to found, shape and create your own digital magazine, whether it’s for your school, your team, your club, or just for fun. We will help you craft your mission; enlist and motivate your team; set up committees and run meetings; develop your editorial standards and acceptance criteria; learn how to attract the submissions you want; think about design; and get ready to launch your magazine to your audience. This class is appropriate for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructors: Anya Geist, Stone Soup Intern and Editor of The Apricot Journal, and Jane Levi, Stone Soup Managing Editor

Creative Writing Through Art

1 – 3 pm (PT) // 4 – 6 pm (ET)

Fasten your seat belt! We’ll take virtual field trips to some of the world’s greatest museums as well as some private fiber art studios, and explore how we can use visual art as an inspiration for our creative work!

In this course, young writers ages 9-14 will research the artists and complete some informative and descriptive writings about art. We will also create ekphrastic poems (a type of poem that explores art) and flash fiction stories inspired by the art. Selected writings may be featured on the fiber artists’ studio websites and social media!

Instructors: Jiang Pu, Author, Poet, Founder of NextGen Education/Consultant for Stone Soup

August 2 – 5, 2021

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 appropriate for writers ages 10 – 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).

August 9 – 12, 2021

Poetry Club: Poetry and Spoken Word

9 – 11 am (PT) // 12 – 2 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 appropriate for writers ages 10 – 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.

About Stone Soup

Stone Soup is a beloved literary magazine and website written and illustrated by kids through age 13. Now in its 48th 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!