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Hi, I’m Naomi.

Welcome to Writerly Play HQ.

Who needs a shiny new tool in their overflowing collection of creative fix-its? Not me, and my guess is, not you. Unfortunately, sifting through our toolbox can send us headfirst into a fog. 

Challenges are to be expected in a story. In fact, they’re the friction that sparks growth. Our creative lives have their own stories, and like any good story there are plenty of challenges. We often become the protagonist who must change tactics when our challenges seem insurmountable. 

Writerly Play is the approach I discovered on my storytelling adventure, though I didn’t have a name for it at the time. Writerly Play enabled me to rise above the fog, view the bigger picture, and identify what was truly standing in my way.

Suddenly my pile of tools became functional rather than overwhelming. 

If your momentum is bogged down, if you wonder whether your voice is making any difference, if you long to reach your untapped potential, you’re not alone. Writerly Play has helped me and many others, enabling us to determine what problem we’re facing and approach a solution with confidence. 

Try out a Writerly Play experience to explore new ways to utilize the creative tools you already have. Welcome to the adventure!



What’s here for you?


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 creative development. Instead of working on these skills in the abstract, we’ll build them in the context of your specific drafting or revision project. I work with youth and adults, and also coach educators as they launch Writerly Play in their classrooms.


Both whimsical and practical, Spilled Ink is filled with inspiration, tools and tips to develop the creative thinking skills of writers of all ages.

– Winner of the 2009 Moonbeam Gold Medal for Educational/Activity Book

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.

Creative Lift

Fuel Your Creative Momentum

Play your way to the page with the Writerly Play Kit, plus coaching and tools exclusively for subscribers.