FREE Family Workshops in San Jose

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Engaging young writers with games!

Play your way to the page

Jump into your character’s shoes. Walk around in their world. Watch your writing spring to life. In these free workshops, facilitators will guide families through interactive Inklings games. While students write the beginning of a short story under the guidance of one facilitator, the other facilitator will share a Writerly Play toolkit of practical strategies to encourage creativity and literacy at home with parents.



Locations, Dates, and Times

Edenvale Branch  (101 Branham Lane East San José, CA 95111)

Tuesday, January 6 at 5:00pm

Vineland Branch (1450 Blossom Hill Rd. San José, CA 95118)

Tuesday, January 13 at 4:30pm

Santa Teresa Branch (290 International Circle San José, CA 95119)

Saturday, January 17 at 11:00am

Pearl Branch (4270 Pearl Ave. San José, CA 95136)

Saturday, January 17 at 2:00pm

Evergreen Branch  (2635 Aborn Rd. San José, CA 95121)

Thursday, January 29 at 4:30pm

Martin Luther King Branch (150 E. San Fernando St. San José, CA 95112)

Saturday, January 31 at 3:00 pm

All workshops are FREE and open to the public! We hope to see you there. Contact us at with any questions.  Library webpage:

Happy Book Birthday!

We are proud to wish a happy book birthday to The Other Side of Carroll by Sophia Nesamoney.

Every writer dreams of holding a book in their hands, published, with his or her name on the spine. But why should young writers wait until they grow up for their dream to come true? Young Inklings like Sophia Nesamoney have proven that young people absolutely have the passion, dedication and skill to create novels worthy of a reader’s nightstand.

In the Your Name in Ink Program, professional writers mentor young writers through a six-month revision process which results in publication and distribution. Read more about the program here.


Oliver and Shirley Tark were about eight years old one summer, and the family had come back from seeing a movie. Their father sent Oliver to get some bread. Shirley was playing outside with her jump rope, and the parents were discussing a dangerous topic they never talked about in front of the children. But then something happened, something that changes the course of all their lives. Something big, something that could never be fixed.

Oliver and Shirley’s journey is a unique one. It captures the importance of family and will surely take readers on a thrilling ride full of sadness, memories, adventure, and joy.

Order the book here. The Other Side of Carroll will be for sale through Amazon and Ibook soon!

Browse more books by young authors here.

Caught on Camera


In collaboration with the San Jose Public Library, Society of Young Inklings' invites writers of all ages to participate in the summer writing challenge, Caught on Camera: Extraordinary Tales of Extraordinary Objects. Here's how the challenge works:

Step One: Transform an everyday object into a character! 

Step Two: Take your character on four outings over the summer. On each outing, snap a photo of your character and write an account of your character's extraordinary tale. Be as imaginative as you wish. (No, it doesn't have to be real!)

Step Three: Submit your episodes to the Caught on Camera blog

Participants who complete the series of an initial character interview and four episodes will be invited (with their characters) to an end-of-the-summer writing party at San Jose Public Library's Willow Glen branch, with a Skype visit from author, Lisa Yee, games and, of course, treats! Out of town participants who complete the challenge will receive a special surprise via email!

Are you ready? Start here: