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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.

June 14 – 17, 2021

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 appropriate for writers ages 10 – 14.

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

June 21 – 24, 2021

Translating Ourselves: Moving Between Genres

9 – 11 am (PT) // 12 – 2 pm (ET)

Explore and play with the possibilities of the three genres central to creative writing: poem, memoir, and story. Using the concept of translation to guide us, we will work to “translate” experience into poetry and then “translate” the experience at the center of that poem first into a mini-memoir and then into a short story. At each stage, we will consider what the limits and potentials of each genre are: What can a poem do that a story can’t? What is memoir best at?

Class sessions will consist of a mix of discussion, interactive writing exercises, and readings and discussion of participant work. This class is appropriate for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructor: Emma Wood, Author, Editor-in-Chief of Stone Soup magazine

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 appropriate for writers ages 10 – 14.

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

June 28 – July 1, 2021

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 appropriate for writers ages 11 – 14.

Instructor: Laura Moran, Cultural Anthropologist, Coordinator of the Refugee Project, Facilitator of the Stone Soup Book Club

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 appropriate for writers ages 9 – 14.

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

Character Lab is now full. You may join the waitlist by clicking the button below.

July 12 – 15, 2021

Playwriting

9 – 11 am (PT) // 12 – 2 pm (ET)

The goal of this course is to produce one 10-minute play. To help you do this, we will approach playwriting as a form of craft—grounded in dialogue, character, voice, setting, tone, conflict, action, and plot structure. It will also emphasize a play’s arc: its beginning, turning point, and ending.

Besides writing our plays, we will study drama as an art form. We will ask questions, both practical and philosophical. What is drama? Where does it come from? How does it work?

What distinguishes it from other forms of literary and performative arts? This class is appropriate for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructor: Conner Bassett, Author, Poet, Playwright

Design a Picture Book

1 – 3 pm (PT) // 4 – 6 pm (ET)

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. We’ll create and refine a picture book text, design a book dummy, experiment with illustration style, and complete at least two finished spreads. Learn new tools and strategies to strengthen your writing craft and illustration skills, be inspired by ideas and writing by creative peers, and walk step-by-step through the process of developing a strong picture book. You’ll walk away with all you need to take your book to completion! This class is appropriate for writers ages 9 – 14.

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

July 19 – July 22, 2021

Creative Food Writing: Recipes, Research, and Reminiscences  

9 – 11 am (PT) // 12 – 2 pm (ET)

Join us for a week of thinking, talking and writing about food, and learning about different styles and genres of food writing. We will examine and write about recipes, ingredients, meals and dining experiences from many different angles. As we work through exercises on recipe development, headnotes, memoir, reviewing, and food history each student will start to build a portfolio of food-writing samples as a beginning of a broader project–whether a family recipe book, a piece of creative writing or memoir told through the lens of food, or a narrative essay about an experience or the history and culture of a foodstuff. This class is appropriate for writers ages 9 – 14.

Instructor: Jane Levi, Food Historian, Stone Soup Managing Editor

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 appropriate for writers ages 9 – 14.

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

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

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