Hi, I’m Naomi.

I’m an author. And I take great joy in helping people individualize, map, and problem solve the creative process.

What is Writerly Play?

Writerly Play is a story-based doorway into creative development. Like any story, it has structure and room for exploration.

The first step is to figure out the role you play in the creative process. In other words, what’s your creativity style?

Once you know what works best for you, you can design a perfect-for-you plan. Writerly Play functions more like a map rather than a cookie-cutter recipe. First, you’ll locate yourself on the map. Then, with a clear understanding of where you are, you can make informed choices about your next best steps. 

What’s here for you?

Courses

What’s better than having so much fun you don’t even realize you’re learning? Writerly Play courses use interactive games, practical strategies, and proven tools to help you achieve serious objectives. 

Coaching

Whether you’re about to embark on a new project or you’re feeling stuck, Writerly Play can help you map your way forward. In coaching sessions, we focus on you, the artist, and on your project. You’ll develop your creative resilience while completing the project of your dreams. I work with youth and adults, and also coach educators as they launch Writerly Play in their classrooms.

Books

“Kinsman offers a realistic and nuanced rendering that works for readers who want to know about the role of Christian faith in a young person’s development, as well as those who like a fresh story about the journey of growing up.”

– Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Society of Young Inklings

In second grade, I could hardly speak in class. Then, I won a writing contest and met with an author, who looked me in the eye and said, “You have stories to tell.” Everything changed.

That day, I made a decision. First, I’d grow up to be an author. Second, when I did, I would give back to youth writers. That’s why, over ten years ago, I founded Society of Young Inklings. Helping youth get the big ideas out of their hearts and heads and onto the page fills me with joy.

From the Writerly Play Blog 

Join me for a deep-dive exploration of what it means to live as an artist. What exactly is the Writerly Play framework, and how can it help us live as grounded, thriving artists?

The 2018 Writerly Play Gift Guide for Writers

Gifts get a bad rap sometimes. We lament the hurry-scurry feel of the holiday season, and in order to settle our hearts and minds, decide gifts are off-limits. Perhaps because gifts are my love language, or because I've both seen and felt the heart-swelling joy of a...

What Might The Young Reader You Once Were Teach You?

I remember the smell of my first elementary school's library: dust, aging pages, and a hint of peanut butter and honey. Actually, the PB & honey was probably left over from the lunch I raced through. All I wanted was more time in the stacks. I'd race to the V shelf,...