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Writing Coach Interview: Jen Holman

Writing Coach Interview Jen Holman

Continuing our series of interviews with our marvelous writing instructors, here’s the latest installment: an interview with the wonderful Jen Holman!

Jen Holman has been teaching for Brave Writer since 2015 after being a long time user of Brave Writer products in her own homeschool. Jen’s foundation for teaching lies in her experience working with university students on essays for their classes. Teaching literary analysis and essay writing for Brave Writer is a perfect combination of academic and personal interests. Her husband’s work has allowed their family to travel extensively in the last few years, and Jen has taught her classes from around the world, on trains, in airports. This past year they settled down in Canada to live near their families.

What kind of a writer were you in high school?
I wish I could say that this period produced some of my most sophisticated writing. INSTEAD I will say that I wrote everyday, voraciously! There was no texting in that day, or even email. My friends and I exchanged what we called “notes.” These varied between a few lines and a page, sometimes two, or three, scribbled on loose leaf paper while on buses, study hall, in between classes. They outlined the days of our lives at the time. There was compelling drama! Irony! Vivid detail! (Everything your creative writing teacher wants you to practice wink).


Call for Writing Coaches 2018

Call for Writing Coaches 2018

Brave Writer is growing again!

We’re looking for women and men from diverse backgrounds to join our creative, passionate, talented Brave Writer team of writing coaches.

Brave Writer writing classes are conducted online on our website. Read about how they work here.

  • Fill out the application linked below (it’s time sensitive, so be sure to mark your calendars!).
  • We’ll invite qualified candidates to an interview and then to our two-week training (mandatory).
  • We’ll select our new coaches from the pool of candidates who complete the training successfully.
  • Qualified writing coaches who complete the training will be invited to teach for Brave Writer as the need arises over the course of the next 12-18 months. We expect to expand our offerings.

If you or a friend (or a spouse!) would like to supplement the family income and have writing and homeschooling skills, consider working with us! Brave Writer coaches work part-time from home. Hours and scheduling are flexible. Pay is based on class type.

Our requirements are straightforward and critical to our success.


1. Homeschool Experience

You must have homeschooled your kids or have been homeschooled yourself for at least 3 years.

2. Publishing

Publishing credits in any of the following venues are necessary:

  • magazine articles
  • book(s)
  • an active blog with a readership
  • a community newsletter (homeschooling, religious community, affinity group, etc.)
  • letters to the editor or editorials
  • you tell us! (There are lots of ways to be published today.)

3. Online presence

You need to have a warm, engaging online presence that is evident from online conversations you link for us to read. Be sure that you send links to public conversations. We can’t read your private Facebook or Instagram accounts. We need to be able to see how you relate online because that’s what teaching for Brave Writer is all about!

4. Excellent writing skills

We’re looking for people who write with clarity and ease using accurate grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

5. Creativity

You need to be a creative person who can problem-solve and foster imaginative solutions to writing dilemmas. We’ll train you in our method, but it helps if you already have a knack for revision, or expanding writing content.

6. Knowledge of academic writing forms and literature

Not required, but helpful.

In addition to needing instructors for our core classes for children ages 8-13, we also have a need for instructors who can teach high school writing forms—college prep writing.

Brave Writer staff

Who wouldn’t want to work with this great team?

Follow these submission directions

Please use this form to apply (emails will NOT be accepted). The form will be open for a 48-hour window on April 23-24, 2018. The form will close at midnight EDT on April 24. This gives you time to update your resumé and prepare your writing sample before you apply.

You will share this information:

  • name, phone number, email address, and where you currently live
  • degrees (high school, college, graduate school – whatever you have)
  • homeschool experience
  • publishing credits
  • online presence
  • familiarity with Brave Writer products
  • information about you and why you’d like to work for Brave Writer

You also must attach:

  • a writing sample that showcases your writing voice (700-800 words)
  • your resumé (please include any experience teaching writing)

We will conduct interviews via webcast software and invite select candidates to complete our writing instructor training (conducted online asynchronously, no specific daily login time): July 9 – 20 of 2018. The training is required of all qualifying candidates: no exceptions. There is no invitation to work for Brave Writer until completion of training.

Even if you are not invited to teach with us, the online training is valuable to your own homeschool and any co-op community where you might teach.

Once you’ve submitted your application, you will receive an email receipt as confirmation. We will contact you by May 7 to thank you for your application or to ask you to continue in the process. Select interviews will be offered by the end of May.

Invitations to our Brave Writer writing coach training will be extended before June 30, 2018, after we complete the interview process.

The training will be held online July 9 – 20 of 2018.
It is mandatory for anyone who wants to work for us.

Have questions? Watch this video on YouTube!

This video was created for our last round of hiring, but is still full of helpful information. Note that the dates mentioned don’t correspond to this hiring call, and that our class that was called Kidswrite Basic is now called The Writer’s Jungle Online.

All other employment related questions must be directed to Paula Horton:


starting April 23, 2018
Application deadline: April 24 midnight EDT

We look forward to hearing from you AND your friends!

Writing Coach Interview: Karen O’Connor

Writing Coach Interview with Karen O'Connor

Continuing our series of interviews with our fabulous writing instructors, here’s the latest installment: an interview with the incredible Karen O’Connor!

Karen O’Connor is a published author, mentor, and speaker who loves to work with Brave Writer students in her Write For Fun classes. She is also Julie’s mom! Watching young people share their thoughts and ideas and creativity keeps her smiling. And when she isn’t teaching she’s either hiking or line dancing or playing choo-choo train with her great-grandson Massey.

What kind of a writer were you in high school?
Writing was always my best subject. I worked on our high school newspaper.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I’d be mint green (unless someone beat me to it). I wore a mint green and lace dress to my senior prom and since then that color has been my favorite.


Writing Coach Interview: Samantha Burtner

Writing Coach interview with Samantha Burtner

Continuing our series of interviews with our fabulous writing instructors, here’s the latest installment: an interview with the wonderful Samantha Burtner!

Samantha was homeschooled K-12 and even took several Brave Writer classes back in its early years! She holds a degree in Journalism from Patrick Henry College and has written for local newspapers, city magazines, online news sources, blogs, and even a communications shop at a think-tank in Washington, D.C. Now Samantha enjoys channeling her love of language and writing in the Brave Writer classroom teaching Expository Essay, Essay Prep, and The Scoop: The Art of Journalism. Last, but not least, she was recently sorted into Hufflepuff and isn’t sure how she feels about that.

What kind of a writer were you in high school?
A melodramatic one. My journals are brimming with outlandish tales, embarrassing moments, and comments or gestures blown completely out of proportion. I blush when I re-read them, but I can also see that the pages are filled with experimentation and risk-taking! I could try out new ideas or words or phrases and trust that my journal would be discrete and non-judgemental. As Virginia Woolf puts it: “The habit of writing thus for my own eye only is good practice. It loosens the ligaments. Never mind the misses and the stumbles.”


Writing Coach Interview: Lora Fanning

Brave Writer writing coach Lora Fanning

Continuing our series of interviews with our fabulous writing instructors, here’s the latest installment: an interview with the wonderful Lora Fanning

Lora has a history degree from Mary Washington University and an unfortunate familiarity with chemises due to long days in costume as a docent at living history museums. She nurtures the next generation of wordsmiths around the world as a writing instructor for Brave Writer and as a teacher for local middle and high school co-ops. She practiced her storytelling for 11 years on her blog where she wrote about her full-time gig as a wife to her Superman and mother to seven kids.

What kind of a writer were you in high school?
I was usually the English teacher’s pet. It was instinctive for me, and both my parents are wordsmiths, so I didn’t think it was a big deal. But I definitely relied on my professor mom to help me edit, so that probably improved my grades a bit.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
The shade of blue grey where the sky meets the ocean. The ocean is my happy place. It makes me feel so small, yet is so grounding. It makes me fling my arms wide in worship.

What is one of your favorite classroom moments?
Online: It’s when the parent of that one kid, the one who has struggled from day one, sends you the update that there was a light bulb moment – they grabbed the pencil and dove in. I usually do a lot of fist pumping and air-fives while sitting at my desk.

In-Person: I love doing the Mixed Media Journaling (from Journaling Jumpstart) in my co-op classes. I play music and the kids get lost in words and creativity and the room fairly buzzes with peaceful energy. It’s a joyful mess.