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Inklings Lab: Design a Novel

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

Registration is now closed. Click here to be notified about our next session beginning March 18, 2019.


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 design your next novel. Over the course of six weeks, beginning January 24, 2019, youth writers will play their way through a series of video lessons and our Inklings Lab: Design a Novel workbook, writing sample chapters along the way.

During the course, Naomi will provide four live webcasts to provide additional tips and tricks to help writers as they progress through the course. Students are encouraged to show up live if their schedules allow, or to view the recordings after the fact. Throughout the course, writers will have access to Naomi via email to ask questions and tackle problems as they arise.

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 Inklings Lab: Design a Novel, each writer will have a few introductory chapters and a solid plan for the rest of the drafting process.

Parts One and Two of Inklings Lab: Design a Novel will pre-release on January 3, 2019. Our first live webcast will be on the official start date of the course: Thursday, January 24 at 4 pm.

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 two years, or as long as the course is available here on our site, whichever is longer.

Should you have any questions about Inklings Lab: Design 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


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts January 24, 2019. For the first six weeks, you will receive additional help moving through the program in the form of live webcasts and email support. From there, it is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you work and when you finish. We have two more session start dates scheduled for this year: March 18, 2019 and June 17, 2019.
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.

This course is not open for enrollment.