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What's the Course All About?
This collection of games was originally developed to help youth prepare short stories and poems for our annual Inklings Book Contest. Educators raved about how the activities motivated their students and stretched their writing craft skills, and we thought: Why not leave the course open for a limited time, giving more educators the opportunity to make use of these resources?
How Might I Use the Videos?
You can share just one game, or the full series with students in your classroom or library, walking them through every step of the creative writing process: from choosing the right idea, to developing characters, to building a story-world, and finally, revising to make their work the best it can be. A few of the videos focus specifically on word choice and poetry, as well. Within the course, we provide access to a private YouTube playlist that you can share with your students if you'd like them to work independently and access the videos from home.
Each lesson includes a short game facilitated via video and a downloadable PDF that you and your students can use to extend the thinking introduced in the game. Whether you'd like to share the mini-course with one student, a small group, or your whole class, you'll find easy-to-use strategies for making the most of the material.
What's the Inklings Book Contest?
The application window is currently open for our free-to-all Inklings Book Contest! Each year, between January and March, writers in 3rd-9th grade are invited to submit stories or poems. 20 winners are chosen for revision mentorships with our pros as well as publication in our annual book. Finalists receive editorial letters and publication on our website.
The contest deadline is March 15.
How can my writers submit their work?
You may send in your students’ submissions as a class set, or have them submit individually. See our streamlined application to send in a class set of entries at this page. Each of your students will receive personalized, supportive feedback, even if they are not winners or finalists.
P.S. Please spread the word about this FREE mini-course and the contest with your educator friends. Our goal is to provide access and support for as many youth writers as possible. When you spread the word, you make a huge difference.
When does the course start and end?
It starts now, and is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start 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.
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