MaryJane's Farmgirl Sisterhood

Earning Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badges

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17. Ink Slinger


  • Read Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style.
  • Write a two-page story (500 words) utilizing correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Have a friend or family member edit the story and return it to you for corrections.


  • Read two how-to books regarding writing short stories, novels, or poetry. Choose your genre: children’s literature, fantasy, mystery, nonfiction, woman’s literary fiction, etc.


  • Read two books in the genre you chose.
  • Then write at least 20 pages in your chosen genre—this could be 20 pages of poetry, a 20-page short story, 20 pages of nonfiction, or the first 20 pages of your novel.

(The book required for this badge is available on loan from MaryJanesFarm; e-mail

April, 2024 Edition