It’s Brave Writer’s 14th Birthday!
Not only are we celebrating Jack London’s birthday with a sale on The Call of the Wild and White Fang boomerang, but Brave Writer also turns 14 this month, so we’re offering a $14 discount on both the digital The Writer’s Jungle (usually $79), and the binder version (usually $97).
In the last fourteen years we’ve gone from a kitchen table enterprise run by one to a thriving business that employs a number of instructors (fourteen!) and support staff. From the Introduction to The Writer’s Jungle:
I never set out to write a writing curriculum. This whole shebang started when a friend conned me into teaching a Sunday school class for homeschooling moms desperate for help in writing. I hesitated. Just because I worked in the field of writing and editing (wrote articles, worked as an editor, helped struggling D Min students with their dissertations and had ghost written a few books) didn’t mean I knew the first thing about the educational philosophy of teaching kids to write.
My kids were writing, but I had never used anyone’s writing manuals. I just taught them the way I’d learned to do my jobs. For one of them, my style of teaching worked great. For the older one, I found myself inventing new ideas on the fly-regularly-to keep his pen wet and his pages full of words. He thought writing itself a cranky and irritating process.
So I showed up for that first class of fifteen and within an hour discovered something that rocked me back on my heels. The principles I taught were brand new to the moms in the room. I wasn’t repeating information from their various and sundry manuals. None of them had heard many of the ideas I suggested. In fact, it’s become common since that day for mothers to tell me that what I teach has transformed how they themselves write.
What started in a church Sunday school class grew into a business that has helped thousands of families nurture multitudes of Brave Writers all over the world!
Here’s to many more years to come!
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