Archive for the ‘Contests / Giveaways’ Category

2018 Poetry Teatime Photo Contest & Book Drive!

2018 Poetry Teatime Photo Contest and Book Drive

We are excited to announce the 2018 Poetry Teatime Photo Contest! Plus we’re also hosting a special Book Drive (see details below).

UPDATE: Look who won the Poetry Teatime Photo Contest!

Poetry Teatime Photo Contest

This month, we invite all Poetry Teatime enthusiasts to take pictures of your family’s teatime and enter our contest for the chance to win exciting tea and poetry-themed prizes! We are also introducing our first-ever book drive to help children in need celebrate Poetry Teatime.

How to Enter

The process is simple:

  • enjoy a Poetry Teatime with your family,
  • photograph it,
  • and write a brief summary of what you did.

Submit all entries by September 30, 2018! The Grand Prize winner will be announced October 2, 2018.


Everyone who enters receives our Poetry Books: Ideas for Every Age pdf! Includes book recommendations for every age group: 3-7, 8-13, and 14-up!

Poetry Book Ideas for Every Age


One winner will receive

If the winner lives outside of the U.S. then she or he will receive a $50 Amazon gift certificate instead.

Poetry Teatime Book Drive

We are thrilled to announce a chance to share the joy of Poetry Teatime with children in need through the Poetry Teatime Book Drive. We invite you to support the St. Aloysius program by donating a poetry book. You can find out all about the drive and how to donate here.

Please note that donating to the book drive will not in any way affect your entry to the Poetry Teatime Photo Contest.

Poetry Teatime

2018 Brave Writer Summer Camp RECAP

2018 Brave Writer Summer Camo

We had the best time with all of you during Brave Writer Summer Camp!

Your photos brought so much joy to our team. We kept sharing them in our staff chat channel, ooing and ahhing over your darling kids, your creative solutions to watching the webinars while herding your children into happy activities, and the wonderful notes you took and shared with your friends!

We also LOVED all the comments you made during our sessions. Did you know that when we put your comments into a Word doc, they took up 88 pages!? You all had a LOT to say and we look forward to taking your ideas and making Brave Writer even better because of them!

In the meantime, it’s time to announce the WINNERS of our giveaway and contest.


The winner of a new iPad is… (drum roll):

Tina Robertson!

We’re so happy for you Tina! Your iPad is a 32GB + WiFi in Rose Gold with your name and Brave Writer engraved on the back. Congratulations!

Instagram Photo Contest Winner

The photos shared on Instagram using the #bravewritercamp hashtag were incredible! We loved seeing how enthusiastically your families deep dove into our summer camp festivities. We have a winner and several honorable mentions.

Congratulations to our photo contest grand prize winner, @Naturally_oddmama, who participated in camp with her delightful new baby. Copies of all three signed A Gracious Space books and The Poetry Teatime Companion are on their way!

2018 Brave Writer Summer Camp Photo Winner

Watching the webinars with a baby was no easy feat! @Naturally_oddmama wrote: “[She] loves to make sounds when she hears people speak, but I guess she was just putting her original thought to work!” Ha! So great.

Choosing one winner was much too hard for our team! And so, Honorable Mentions (and some sweet Brave Writer swag) go to:


Also swag bags filled with Brave Writer goodies were sent to over 50 webinar attendees!

Our delighted thanks to all who participated! You make it ALL worthwhile.

The Writer’s Jungle Giveaway

The Writer's Jungle Giveaway

It’s my birthday! In Morocco, you give gifts to your friends on your birthday (other way around to how we do it). In that spirit, I’m giving away 2 print copies of The Writer’s Jungle!

The Writer’s Jungle is the core product in Brave Writer that has transformed thousands of families and their writing programs. I wrote it from my heart: me to you, homeschool parent.

No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. 2 winners will be chosen by weighted draw. Entrants may increase their number of entries by sharing the contest via social media and email!

The Writer's Jungle Giveaway

Note: Any winner outside of the continental U.S will receive a digital copy. If winners do not respond after 24 hours after notification, a redraw will occur.

The deadline to enter is Wednesday, Nov. 8 at midnight Eastern.

[UPDATE] Congrats to our winners: Jeni Gongwer and Tisha Frost!

NaNoWriMo 2017 is Here!

NaNoWriMo 2017 is here with Brave Writer!

Ready, Set, Get Writing!

Brave Writers, assemble! The big day is finally here — NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, has officially kicked off! Writers from all over the world are hunkering down to write their very own novel during the 30 days of November.

Hop on over to the Young Writers Program website and join the Brave Writer classroom, where we’ll share writing tips and inspiration throughout the month… and even give away some fun NaNoWriMo swag (see below)!

To join the Brave Writer classroom:

  1. Visit the Young Writers Program and sign up for an account.
  2. You will be prompted to join a classroom by entering a code. Our classroom code is: CKXQFLWR
  3. Our classroom name is NaNoWriMo for Brave Writers!

Parents, write your own novel!

Have you considered joining in on the NaNoWriMo fun? It’s not too late! Click here to visit the adult NaNoWriMo website, where the challenge is to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of November (young writers have flexible, age-appropriate word goals).

Imagine how rewarding it would be to do the challenge right alongside your kiddo(s), cheering each other on and having an in-person support system! You might be pleasantly surprised to see what you’re both capable of accomplishing, and did we mention the program is free? It’s a win, win all around!

Using NaNoWriMo in your homeschool

  • Create space for NaNoWriMo in your homeschool routine
  • This is a big, hairy, audacious goal your child has decided to undertake—so treat it with plenty of enthusiasm and gravitas!
  • Let other writing projects take a backseat this month and create plenty of space for important novel writing.

Have Big Juicy Conversations

Pepper NaNoWriMo throughout everyday conversations with your budding novelist—around the dinner table, in the car, while running errands, before bedtime, etc. Hearing about the process from their perspective is such a fun and eye-opening experience.

Help set the ambiance for your mini novelist

Little gestures go a long way—could you set up an official “novel-writing station” together? Buy a special new notebook or string some twinkle lights above a desk or kitchen table to make it more magical when it’s time to sit down and write. You don’t have to make a huge effort or spend a lot of money, just use your creative imagination!

Throw a post-NaNoWriMo party

December 1 is a day of celebration! Do something special to commemorate all the time your child dedicated to NaNoWriMo. Even if he/she didn’t “win” their word count goal, make sure you celebrate every word that WAS written, because, after all, they started November with a blank slate!

NaNoWriMo Giveaway!

UPDATE: The winners are (drum roll) Lexi, Haritha, and Kara! Congratulations!!

As if writing a novel in 30 days isn’t exciting enough, we are giving away some awesome NaNoWriMo swag to give you more incentive to write! Exciting, right?!

NaNoWriMo 2017 is here prizes

The Prizes:

  • “I <3 Novels” stickers
  • NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program buttons
  • A Writer’s Emergency Pack of Ideas
  • “Noveling is my superpower” bracelets
  • NaNoWriMo’s “Hold On, I’m Writing a Novel” pencils

To Enter:

We’re giving away THREE prize packs! You have unlimited entries and we’d love it if you’d share the contest with your friends!

DEADLINE to enter is November 3, 2017 midnight ET. [This contest is now closed. Thanks to all who participated!}

NaNoWriMo for Brave Writers
Classroom Code: CKXQFLWR

Summer Camp Recap + Prize Winners

Brave Writer Summer Camp Recap

Wow! What a magical two days. We had so much fun with you during our online Summer Camp: Brave Writer Style.

We are so thrilled with the incredible energy you put into your summer camps. I got tickled seeing so many versions of tents, s’mores, face paints, creating indoor picnics, splashing in pools, and hiking through forests.

You know what happened this week? You enchanted the learning atmosphere in your homes both for your kids and for yourselves! Learning was nearly effortless as a result and memories were made. I loved watching all of it unfold.

We had fun giving away prizes too! So without further ado, here are our winners of all the prizes. Thanks for playing!

Here are the winners:

Our GRAND PRIZE winner won the Charlotte Mason Original Homeschool Series republished by Simply Charlotte Mason:

Charlotte Mason Original Homeschool Series

Nicole Hixon!

We’re also tossing in an autographed copy of our Poetry Teatime Companion as well as the DVD set of my best convention talks: Nurturing Brave Writers. So happy for Nicole!

Next, we asked you to post photos to the Instagram #bwcamp hashtag and hundreds of you did!

It was so hard to pick a favorite, but we couldn’t resist this fabulous act of selfcare posing as camping:

2017 Brave Writer Summer Camp Hashtag Winner

Brave Writer training while soaking in a hot tub.

Lindsay Wyllie (lwyllie23)!

Lindsay will receive a set of A Gracious Space books. A Gracious Space is a collection of 50 non-sectarian essays for daily reading intended to help you sustain your brave homeschooling commitment.

And check out more camp photos below.

We also rewarded our live attendees who braved Kirsten Merryman’s Online Class Q&A. Our winner gets to pick an online writing class to try for free!

Brave Writer Students

Congratulations Carisa Zglobicki!

Carisa will have a huge variety of online classes to choose from: everything from Story Switcheroo to Advanced Comp! Brave Writer classes are for kids ages 8 to 18, they require no special software or books, and all our instructors are homeschoolers as well as published authors, as you’ll see in the next prize!

[This post contains Amazon affiliate links. When you click on those links to make purchases,
Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]

Two campers won the book Whatever the Weather by Annie Riechmann and our very own Dawn Suzette Smith.

Whatever the Weather

Jen Dobridge
Audra Lewis

Whatever the Weather includes science experiments and art activities that explore the wonders of weather.

“Let the weather take the lead and never be bored again! Paint in the rain, send kites soaring in the wind, build ice orbs, and become a snowflake scientist—let the wonders of nature inspire your next adventure.” —Amazon

Laying a Path: Annotating literary Elements

Rita Cevasco and Tracy Molitors (Rooted in Language) led our summer camp session that addressed learning challenges, and two attendees won the Annotating Literary Elements Curriculum.

Congrats to Heather Schott and Kendra Rousseau!

“Annotation is a broad concept that can be confusing: What should the reader notice within a story? Which details of a story are worth annotating? How will making notes lead to deeper understanding? This curriculum is full of strategies, taught within multiple lessons. It provides literature for practice, but the strategies can be practiced again and again with other texts throughout the school year and for years to come!”

Plus five ladies won our Brave Camper T-Shirt!

Brave Camper Shirt

Angie Zarzana
Amanda Hohnstreiter
Rebekah Byson
Christy Kafka
Jubilee Carr

Congratulations to all and a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the sessions!

Camp may be over but don’t be a stranger. We love hearing from you and seeing how you implement Brave Writer principles into your homeschools. We’ve got more fun up our sleeves for fall. For instance…well, I can’t tell you yet. It’s a doozy though! Another free romp that is sure to turbo boost the writing life in your house.

Stay tuned for September!

Until then, join me on Facebook Live on Monday at 11:30 AM Eastern and enjoy more summer camp pics below.

2017 Brave Writer Summer Camp Instagram Images
ellarinalindette, mywindycitylife, chantelle_grubbs / marcharme, hsadventuresofawallflower, caffeinated_homeschooler / buttercup2001, saintritagirl, alexson.heather