A note from Emma W00d
If you haven’t visited our website recently—we’re thrilled to announce that our homepage has had a major redesign! Sophia, William, and I have been working on the design for the past few months and are so happy it’s now live. It’s elegant, streamlined, and best of all, allows us to feature some of the best artwork we’ve published over the years. As many of you know, we are making a big push to get Stone Soup back into school classrooms and libraries and we hope this beautiful new homepage will help. We are also eagerly awaiting the launch of our redesigned magazine page, which will make the digital subscription a much more satisfying experience. It’s currently in development, so stay tuned!
Relatedly, this year, we re-evaluated our privacy practices and ended up making some privacy-related changes to the digital and print magazines. First, we decided to remove all contributor headshots from the digital issue so that they would no longer be available to the casual internet browser. However, we knew from talking to some of our contributors that seeing the faces of their peers was powerful, so we ultimately decided to keep these headshots in the print issue. Digital subscribers will also find them in the PDF version of the magazine (which is always behind a paywall). Second, we’ve removed specific location information from both the print and digital versions of the magazine. Whereas we used to include the name of the city or town each contributor was from, you will now just see the state, province, or country listed for each contributor. We’d love to hear your thoughts on these changes and if there are any others you think it would be valuable to implement.
Fall classes have begun!
Both writing workshops start today and will run weekly through December 3rd. Book Club's first session is Saturday, September 24th, 2022 and meets on the last Saturday of each month through November.
If you are new to our creative programs, our classes are for motivated readers and writers ages 8–14. Attendees will find a community of like-minded peers that share an enthusiasm and passion for writing and literature, and will develop writing and critical thinking skills at a more sophisticated level than you are likely to get in school. You can learn more about each class below or by visiting our Eventbrite page.
All Stone Soup subscribers get a 20% discount on our courses, applied at checkout, and you can sign up for as many or as few sessions as you would like! You may additionally try classes at no risk. If, after attending a few sessions you want to drop, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will give you a full refund. Please also write to us if the classes present a financial difficulty for your family. We want to make it possible for any student to participate in our programs, regardless of situation.
William's Group: At 9 a.m. Pacific Time the first three Saturdays of each month, our founder William will teach his normal workshop. This leaves the last Saturday of the month for attendees to be part of the Book Club. He will continue to teach his conceptual approach to writing.
Conner's Group: At 11 a.m. Pacific Time every week, Conner Bassett will teach a workshop focusing on the nuts-and-bolts of writing. Conner teaches writing at Albright College and has experience teaching younger writers—he is a poet and translator in addition to being a brilliant instructor.
Book Club with Maya Mahony continues to meet on the last Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, so that those enrolled in either writing workshop can attend. You must sign up separately for Book Club. The books being discussed this term are: The Time of Green Magic by Hilary MacKay, Front Desk by Kelly Yang, and Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.
Stone Soup is published by Children’s Art Foundation-Stone Soup Inc., a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization registered
in the United States of America, EIN: 23-7317498.