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    Society of Young Inklings and Hamline MFAC

    Hamline’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults is pleased to partner with Society of Young Inklings to bring mentorship to youth writers. Through Society of Young Inklings, Hamline MFAC students and alumni have the opportunity to mentor young writers, ages 8-18, in the writing craft and provide support to develop life skills of emotional intelligence and resilience through writing. Students and alums have the opportunity to learn to facilitate group and one-one-one youth programs with interactive strategies.

    About Society of Young Inklings

    Society of Young Inklings, launched in 2008 in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth writers, ages 8-18, by creating opportunities for professional writers with opportunities to share their knowledge and insight into the craft of writing. Society of Young Inklings connects authors to readers, writers to writers, artists to artists. The Society of Young Inklings community offers online mentorships, courses, writing contests, and publishing programs.

    About the partnership

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer to judge, provide feedback, and/or mentor as part of the annual Inklings Book Contest. This focused volunteer opportunity allows you to apply your writing craft and expertise as you empower youth writers worldwide.


    Contract Mentorship Opportunities: Apply to work with Society of Young Inklings as a contract mentor. One-on-one, group, and editorial mentorships are assigned on a project-by-project basis and facilitated through video conferencing. Over time, mentors design a schedule that works well with their writing and other commitments.


    Training and Resources: Each summer, Executive Director, Naomi Kinsman, offers a Writerly Play training workshop at Hamline MFAC’s July residency. The online course culminates with an in- person practicum during the summer residency. Participants will learn to help youth individualize, map and problem-solve the creative process, use lively techniques to manage a classroom and facilitate the thinking, drafting and revision processes, bridge between activities and writing time with focused modeling, confer with youth in quick, practical conversations, craft manageable revision plans that identify and build one or two next-step skills.


    Melody Reed

    Melody Reed

    “By learning the skill of taking the complex subjects I learned at Hamline University MFAC and whittling them down to share with children and teens, I have absorbed the concepts in a deeper way and strengthened my own writing.”


    Jamieson Haverkampf

    Jamieson Haverkampf“Mirrors matter. In 11th grade, my English teacher changed my life, mirroring my talent as a writer before I knew how to embody it as my truth. As a mentor to young writers at SYI, it has been deeply fulfilling to offer mentees an encouraging reflection of their talents, knowing that the guiding mirror I present has the potential to radically transform how young writers see themselves and others.”

    Ailynn Collins

    Ailynn Collins“I’ve mentored SYI kid writers who range in age from 9 to 16. I’ve loved every interaction and am always floored by the talent and love these kids have for writing. They gobble up craft concepts with an understanding beyond their years. Some just know them instinctively but never had labels for them. They take everything we discuss to heart and it’s so refreshing to see how they apply these principles to their work.”