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Annalisa (acrylic) by Rebecca Wu, 9; published in the March/April 2024 issue of Stone Soup

A note from Tayleigh Greene

Hello from Houston!

Although it's hot, the skies here are gray today, so I'm enjoying a healthy dose of technicolor in the form of Rebecca Wu's Annalisa, shown above and published in the March/April issue of Stone Soup. 

If you'd like to see your work in a future issue of Stone Soup, there's still time to submit to the Stone Soup Art, Poetry, and Story Prizes! Submissions are due May 1 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. We will select a single winner—one story, one poem, one piece of art—from each category for publication in Stone Soup Magazine. Winners will also receive three free expedited submissions ($30 value) and a one-year, print subscription to the magazine ($89.99 value). All entries are always considered for publication in the magazine, as well. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity!

In other news, there are only two spots left in our spring session writing workshop, Adaptation: Crafting Stories from the Familiar and the Unknown, which begins next Saturday, April 27th. If you've been thinking about registering, do it now! Those last two seats are sure to sell out quickly.

Registration for our summer camps in collaboration with fellow literary nonprofit Society of Young Inklings is now open. From playwriting and memoir to micro fiction and prose poetry, we have a workshop for every young writer. This year, we're also excited to offer a filmmaking course with award-winning filmmaker Isidore Bethel! Click here to explore the full range of virtual summer camps open for registration.

Warm regards,

The Stone Soup Art Prize

The Stone Soup Poetry Prize

The Stone Soup Story Prize

Only two spots left!

Register for Spring Writing Workshops

Explore our summer camps

June 17–20; 9–11 am PT

The goal of this course led by Conner Bassett 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. This workshop will also emphasize a play’s arc: its beginning, turning point, and ending.

Reality Hunger: An Introduction to Memoir
June 24–27; 9–11 am PT

In this class, led by Emma Wood, Executive Director of Stone Soup, we will read and write memoir and personal essays—in short form. We will consider how they work, ask questions about the ethical aspects of writing nonfiction (What if my mom reads it? What if I hurt someone’s feelings? What if my memory is “wrong”?), and—most importantly—experiment in the form with daily in-class writing prompts, sharing our work in a supportive, fun community.

Literature in Miniature: A Study of Micro Fiction & Prose Poetry
June 24–27; 1–3 pm PT

Sometimes, the biggest ideas are best expressed in the tiniest of forms. In this workshop taught by former Stone Soup Blog Editor Caleb Berg, you will learn to condense your horizons into a style of writing perfected by writers like Lydia Davis, Daniil Kharms, Gertrude Stein, and many others. You will write multiple discrete pieces per day and finish the class with enough writing to fill up a chapbook.

Intro to Poetry: The Image and the Line
July 22–25; 9–11 am PT

Emma Wood will also teach a class on poetry. Immerse yourself in what a poem is and what it can do. Students will write their own poetry, shaking themselves out of established modes of thinking.

Filmmaking as Dialogue
August 5–9; 9–11 am PT

In this class taught by filmmaker Isidore Bethel, we’ll use the camera to facilitate and enrich our interactions with others – friends, family, animals, plants, and the world around us. Writing texts with a partner, recording and sharing short videos, and interpreting their meanings aloud will be starting points for developing individual and collaborative approaches to filmmaking.

Editing and Revising Fiction
August 5–9; 1–3 pm PT

In this class taught by Stone Soup Editor in Chief Diane Landolf, you'll learn how to think like an editor and make your stories the best they can be. We’ll discuss first paragraphs, character development, dialogue, story arc, and what makes a great sentence.

Click here to peruse the entire selection of camps available; our friends at Society of Young Inklings are teaching a variety of additional courses, and more courses will be announced soon!

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