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Blueprints for a Novel (Fall 2018)

You CAN write that novel! Society of Young Inklings will help you play through the process step-by-step.

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Come novelists, graphic novelists and poets alike!

In this game-packed course from Society of Young Inklings, you’ll work with author, Naomi Kinsman, to create a blueprint for your next novel. Over the course of six weeks, youth writers will play their way through a series of video lessons and our Blueprints for a Novel workbook, writing sample chapters along the way.

During weekly online office hours, Naomi will be available via live video to answer questions and help writers problem-solve. Throughout the course, writers will have access to Naomi via email to ask questions, many of which will be tackled in depth during weekly office hours.

After brainstorming and testing a variety of story concepts, each writer will choose one to develop. Next, we'll create a cast of characters, a detailed setting, and a flexible plot. At the end of Blueprints for a Novel, each writer will have a few introductory chapters and a solid plan for the rest of the drafting process.

Are you planning on drafting a novel this November with NaNoWriMo? Blueprints for a Novel will set you up for success. Work through a solid plan, and then make it happen with NaNoWriMo's energizing month-long challenge.

Step One of Blueprints for a Novel is Sketching Ideas. The Sketching Ideas video lessons will release September 19, 2018. Weekly office hours will begin that week, on Thursday, September 20 at 3:30 PST.

Each week, another section of videos will be released, so Naomi and the writers can work through the material together. However, don't worry about running out of time! You will have access to the course for at least three years, or as long as the course is available here on our site, whichever is longer.

Should you have any questions about Blueprints for a Novel, feel free to reach out to Naomi Kinsman at naomi@younginklings.org.


Your Instructor


Naomi Kinsman
Naomi Kinsman

Author of the From Sadie’s Sketchbook Series and Spilled Ink, the award-winning Inklings Writers’ Notebook, Naomi is passionate about sharing her love of writing and creativity with young writers. Naomi’s background in improvisational and story theatre as well as her arts education work in Chicago, Portland, and the Bay Area has convinced her that creative play is a doorway through which learners can find inspiration and transformative learning experiences.

Naomi loves to play in many ways, but some of her favorites are tap-dancing, sketching, experimenting in the kitchen and tag with her Portuguese Water Dog, Turley. Naomi has a BA in Theatre Arts from Seattle Pacific University and has studied theatre with the Piven Theatre Workshop and ACT. She also has a Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University.


Class Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts September 19, 2018. For the first six weeks, you will receive additional help moving through the program in the form of live video office hours and email support. From there, it is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you work and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
For two 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.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
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.

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