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Join the Stone Soup Writers’ Community

Read, Write, Create

Stone Soup, the leading literary magazine by kids, offers classes and workshops for children ages 8-14.
Saturdays via Zoom at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Pacific.
All bookings via Eventbrite.

                

2022 Class Schedule

Spring Session: April 23 — June 4

Book Contest Workshop: April 30 — August 6

Summer Session, in collaboration with Society of Young InklingsJune 13 — August 11

Fall Session: September 17 — December 3


Faculty

Writing Workshop with William Rubel: Saturdays, 9 AM Pacific

This is a class for highly motivated writers, aged 9-14, who want to be challenged. Most of the students are subscribers and/or contributors to Stone Soup. Writing Workshop members join a community of like-minded students. They find inspiration in the weekly presentations and discussions, and relish the opportunity to hear the work of their peers and share their own work if they wish. Many of the students in this class are working at a very high level, while others are moving at a different pace. Whatever their current level, this class is appropriate for students who are truly passionate about writing and want to practice and improve their skills. Your child will be introduced to college-level writing concepts. Basic writing skills are assumed. 

About William Rubel, Founder and Creative Writing Instructor.

I love children’s art. It was through children’s art that I first became inspired by children’s creativity. I was nineteen, and in college. I started teaching creative writing and art on my college campus for a Saturday morning arts program for kids from the community. I thought that if only I had examples of brilliant art and writing by kids, I could super inspire my students. I then gathered a group of fellow students, and we started Stone Soup magazine using our dorm rooms as offices. We knew nothing about publishing. But we had that winning combination of passion and youth. Fifty years later, Stone Soup is still going strong.

Over the years, my own interests have branched out. I love writing. I became a writer, in addition to a publisher in the mid-1990s.

I am now a published author — books, and magazine and journal articles. I write nonfiction. My interests are traditional cooking, like cooking on the fireplace or special foods from small communities — like the Samburu tribe in Kenya and Roma communities in Romania — and gardening. While I write nonfiction, my style is often very story-like. As a teacher, I bring my own experience as a reader and writer to my classes. You can find articles that I have written at the website for the American magazine Mother Earth News. Just search on my name, William Rubel. My book The Magic of Fire is a gorgeous cookbook on hearth cooking illustrated by a friend of mine. It won major awards, including l’Ordre du Mérite agricole. My second book, Bread, a global history, is basically the outline for a much larger bread history that I am still writing. I am afraid to say that I am years late with this expanded volume! But, to be honest, being late is often a feature of a writer’s life. Don’t worry; we are always on time to our classes!

I started teaching creative writing online during the first Covid-19 lockdown, in spring of 2020. It turned out that the kids responded super well to my person and persona — nearly seventy, with crazy hair and a passionate intensity about writing that breaks through the Zoom barrier. In fact, my first classes went so well that enrollment quickly grew from ten the first week to over forty. The writing coming out of the classes was (and still is) astonishingly brilliant. That I could relate to and inspire kids inspired me to also start an international online lecture series on the history of bread, which is my current academic specialty. Sometimes, for those lectures, I get over one hundred participants from all over the world.

I live in Santa Cruz with my daughter, Stella, our cat, Fig, a small flock of chickens, and dozens of aviary birds. You can read more in depth about some of what I do at my personal website.

To get a sense of what one of my writing workshop’s is like, click the image below.


Writing Workshop with Conner Bassett: Saturdays, 11 AM Pacific

This is a class for highly motivated writers, aged 9-14, who want to be challenged. Most of the students are subscribers and/or contributors to Stone Soup. Writing Workshop members join a community of like-minded students. They find inspiration in the weekly presentations and discussions, and relish the opportunity to hear the work of their peers and share their own work if they wish. Many of the students in this class are working at a very high level, while others are moving at a different pace. Whatever their current level, this class is appropriate for students who are truly passionate about writing and want to practice and improve their skills. Your child will be introduced to college-level writing concepts. Basic writing skills are assumed.

About Conner Bassett, Creative Writing Instructor

C Dylan Bassett is an assistant professor of English at Albright college in Reading, PA. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His fiction and poetry are published in Chicago Review, Iowa Review, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. You can find his book A Failed Performance: Short Plays & Scenes by Daniil Kharms, which he co-translated with Stone Soup Editor-in-Chief Emma Wood, for sale on Amazon. He started teaching a regular series of Stone Soup Writing Workshops and a Summer Camp class in 2021.

To get a sense of what one of Conner’s writing workshop’s is like, click the image below.

 


Stone Soup Book Club for Writers with Maya Mahony: Saturdays (once a month), 9 AM Pacific

Students should source their own copy of the book of the month and make sure they have read it in advance. Our Book Club is run by its members under the guidance of Maya Mahony.

About Maya Mahony, Book Club Facilitator

Maya Mahony is an MFA student in fiction at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Maya has tutored creative writing to elementary, middle, and high schoolers, and last summer designed and taught her own creative writing camp. Maya loves to write and read young adult and middle grade novels, and cannot wait to discuss some great books with Stone Soupers!

For an idea of what Book Club is like, click here to read a Book Club Report.


Portraits of Self and Others: An Introduction to Short-Form Filmmaking with Isidore Bethel

In this class, writing first-person texts, recording still images and short videos, and interpreting their meanings aloud were starting points for developing individual approaches to filmmaking. Over the course of our time together, students brainstormed, workshopped, edited, and presented a short film. Discussions and writing about other filmmakers and their work complemented our own filmmaking journeys. The class favored examples from nonfiction and first-person filmmaking, where a film’s stakes spill over into real life.

About Isidore Bethel, Filmmaker

Photo from Film independent.

Isidore Bethel is a director, editor, and producer, whose filmmaking focuses on moments where individuals reinvent themselves through storytelling. His directorial debut Liam received the Paris LGBTQ+ Film Festival’s Jury Prize in 2018, and his second feature Acts of Love premiered at Hot Docs in 2021. His work as editor and producer has screened at Cannes (Official Selection and ACID), on Netflix, on US public television, at the Museum of Modern Art, and at the Pompidou Center, receiving 16 festival awards, a Mexican Academy and European Film Academy nomination, and a New York Times Critic’s Pick. He has mentored filmmakers through programs such as the Aristoteles Workshop in Romania, UnionDocs in New York, Sundance’s Art of Editing fellowship, and Doc Amazonie Caraïbe in French Guiana. He is a US and French citizen and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Parsons Paris, and France’s national film school, La Fémis. Filmmaker Magazine included him among its “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2020.


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