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Boomerang Book Club: November 2019

Boomerang Book Club November 2019

Teens discuss movies enthusiastically all the time—there’s no reason why they can’t do this with books too! It’s not a new skill, just a transfer of skill.

Brave Writer’s online Boomerang Book Club (ages 13-18) gives students opportunities to figure out what they think and vocalize their thoughts!

We allow your students to feel the sweet thrill of Strong Opinion and Clever Insight. Teens can express their thoughts about what they read and experience the kind support and enthusiasm of a writing coach and fellow homeschool readers.

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November’s Boomerang Book Club selection: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Originally published in 1968, this fantasy novel has influenced many authors since. Follow a young village boy with an aptitude for the magical arts as his youth and a thirst for power lead him to unleash a terrible shadow into the world. Through trials and tribulations, he learns about the nature of power and mortality. Along the way, he masters the words of power, tames an ancient dragon, and restores balance by crossing the threshold of death.

Purchase the novel here.

Our Boomerang Book Club is a wonderful sneaky way to draw out the writer. Teens feel like they are talking not writing— even though they are!

Boomerang Book Club

Arrow Book Club: November 2019

Arrow Book Club November 2019

When was the last time you heard this? “I’m bored.”

What if I told you about a magic portal that lies in wait for your child, where they could be transported and enchanted? There is! They can!

Grab a copy of the next Arrow Book Club read (for ages 9-12) and let them dive in! 

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November’s Arrow Book Club selection: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis is the boy criminal mastermind you’ll love, hate, or love to hate. Artemis, most unconventionally, seeks to restore his family fortune and pull his family back together by kidnapping a fairy. And not just any fairy. A very dangerous fairy. This story blends the modern and the magical with delightful effect. Get ready for an adventure with Artemis!

Purchase the novel here.

Boredom banished! 

And here’s a secret. While they’re having fun reading and chatting with new friends online, their minds are growing! Stretching! A benefit your child doesn’t even know they’re getting!

Deep reading of quality literature has advantages:

  • story structure encourages our brains to understand sequence
  • expands our attention spans
  • white matter is in the language area of your brain expands
  • deep reading creates empathy
  • close reading gives the brain a workout in multiple complex cognitive functions

Join us!

Arrow Book Club

We’ve Got the Secret Sauce!

We've Got the Secret Sauce

We treasure our Brave Writer families. 

That’s why we hold every student gently. We know that curt corrections and disparaging remarks hurt. Because we’re writers, we know that writing is personal. Because we’re educators, we know that learning from us is trusting in us.

Brave Writer coaches are specially trained, not only in writing instruction, but also in how to construct comments that cultivate positive relationships with writing and within your family. In our feedback, we take the whole child into account—writing growth, but also their vulnerability and heart—making it a safe space to learn.

No one does it like we do. 

Learning doesn’t need to be painful. We’ve found that students learn better when it’s not. We can help them unlock how professional writers write, avoiding frustration as students learn the craft. Our methods build them up and won’t tear them down. The results are nurtured writers who are free to grow—and do!

Class in Focus: The Writer’s Jungle Online

Get some of that special sauce! 

The Writer’s Jungle Online, you learn how to teach your student to write using the Brave Writer method. Our writing coach is there for YOU and your child—to give meaningful ideas about how to grow the writing, to partner, to cheerlead, and to celebrate! She’s a companion and a champion who walks each step of the way with you and your child for six weeks.

The Writer’s Jungle Online class includes:

  • Communication (An oral game to get you started. Fun!)
  • Keen observation (The skill to dig out the rich vocabulary lurking inside your child)
  • Freewriting (The breakthrough tool that has unleashed thousands of blocked writers)
  • Revising (Practices and permission to get in there with your kids and help)
  • Editing (The mechanics mop up)
  • Publishing (Suggestions for how to share that great writing with interested readers)
Training Tip

Take the opportunity now to press the reset button on your homeschool writing experiences. Create an atmosphere of collaboration, peace, and progress. Enroll in The Writer’s Jungle Online today!

You can learn more about our online classes here.

We also invite you to log in to a sample class. Click around, play with our text editor, and read real instructor responses to writing posted in class.

The Writer's Jungle Online

When It All Comes Together

When It All Comes Together

Brave Writer mom Caitlyn writes:

Hi, I promised Julie on Instagram that I had a big ole testimonial coming, and this is it!

First some background:

We have been homeschooling since 2012, when my oldest was about to enter Kindergarten. We are a super eclectic homeschool family, borrowing wisdom from various approaches including: Montessori, Waldorf, Charlotte Mason, Classical, etc. On writing, however, I always had this sense that it would come as the kids get older. Even though I work as a freelance copywriter/editor, I still struggle to figure out how to transmit my knowledge into an age appropriate approach for my kids. Due to frustration with unappealing writing programs and a lack of clarity of where to start, I considered writing as something that we would figure out eventually. Apparently “eventually” has a tendency to creep up on you.

Last summer (2019) as my oldest was about to embark on middle school/sixth grade, I really wanted to start focusing on writing, but I didn’t really know where to begin, and I really needed some help. We had attempted to take a Brave Writer class in the past, but it wasn’t the right fit at the time. This time I happened upon the middle school writing projects class in a Brave Writer email and I polled some friends on facebook to see if anyone had taken it. My good friend EG said that her daughter had taken it, but that it had been very intensive so to make sure to enroll when we had the time to really focus on it. This was perfect advice because with 5 kids we are chronically over scheduled during the academic year. Based on her counsel, we decided to enroll her in Middle School Writing Projects over the summer.

The weekend before the class began, as a family we visited to the California Academy of Sciences. Now we have been to Cal Academy many many times, but on this particular trip there happened to be a docent walking around and my kids happened to be interested enough to start asking him questions. The following Monday, the class started, and the kids (from around the world) were asked to pick a topic. My daughter chose jellyfish! Like the ones we just saw at the museum! I rejoiced to feel like finally a fieldtrip made a lasting impression.

The class itself was absolutely fantastic. It was highly organized, had weekly deadlines (which daughter wrote in her planner and followed religiously), extensive and immediate constructive feedback, and lots of peer back and forth. In addition to completing the course with a finished PowerPoint presentation about Golden Jellyfish (her refined topic), my daughter left a very positive review for the class and said that she used to hate writing, but now she liked it and understood how it could be fun. Amazing!!

But the fabulous class experience itself is not what I am writing about. What blew me away was what came some months later.

This is the first year that we are participating in the Arrow Brave Writer experience. One of my goals for this homeschool year was to boost our read aloud game, and the Arrows seemed to fit that bill. We have also had the stroke of luck of being invited to join a local Arrow book club that hosts monthly parties!

When September rolled around and we first started reading The Wild Robot, my kids were like meh, not a fan. As the story went on, however, they were all hooked. Even my 5 year old couldn’t wait to hear the next chapter.

We are enrolled in a very stringent homeschool charter program, and one of our teacher’s requirements is that oldest completes at least two grade level book reports a semester. Considering that my oldest has the capacity & drive to read up to one full book a day, I figured she would have plenty of options and it wouldn’t be a big deal. However, I was concerned about how boring a typical essay format book report would be, so I bought a bundle of 15 different creative book report formats on a popular curriculum website. I was very inspired by the webinar episode Julie put out about writing assignments versus writing projects. (I may have to write another post about how this has played out with my 8 year old son, reluctant student turned timeline enthusiast). It helped to shift my mentality of finding ways to meet requirements in a manner that would support the love of learning we are trying to cultivate with our children.

Anyhow, I gave the printed out options to my daughter, and told her that she could do whichever one she wanted, and that it could be on any book she wanted.

Guess what she picked?
The Wild Robot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PowerPoint Presentation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She worked diligently for several hours each day over a period of several days and wrote the most thoughtful, comprehensive and gorgeous book report presentation I could ever have imagined. She took it very seriously and did her best work. The capacity to put the project together was a direct result of her participation in the Middle School Writing Projects class, and her selection of The Wild Robot is a testament to the quality of the literature and its ability to pique the interest of an 11.5 year old girl (as well as her younger siblings). This kid read a children’s version of the Odyssey when she was seven or eight years old, so she is not easily impressed.

I am so so satisfied and thankful that we happened to fall upon this path, and I wanted to share my gratitude and testimonial for the Brave Writer classes, Brave Writer Arrows, and Brave Writer approach to writing.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Kindest Regards,
Caitlyn O.

Middle School Writing Prompts

We are Serious about Training

We are Serious about Training

The holiday season is almost upon us! Ever wonder how anyone gets anything done at this busy time of year? We’ve got the inside scoop on how to homeschool during the holidays.

Learn why taking an online class right now could be the sanity saver you’re seeking.

Find out how to make time for cookie baking, family visits, AND rich homeschool learning experiences.

Sign up for a Brave Writer online class by Monday, October 14 at midnight ET, and be treated to a FREE webinar with me (Julie Bogart) and Kirsten Merryman (Director of Online Classes).

Also applies to anyone who has already signed up for a class.

Serious about training

At Brave Writer, we want you to get the maximum bang for your buck.

This webinar is specially designed to help you navigate (survive) the holiday season while creating a rich, enjoyable writing life for your kids.


  • why October – December can be optimal months for online learning
  • how to reset your homeschool with fun writing alternatives
  • how to adapt class requirements to fit your homeschool
  • how to extend the learning from class in engaging ways
  • how to lay a foundation now for a strong start to 2020!

Save the date to attend the webinar live: Tuesday, October 15 at 4 PM ET. (A replay will be available for those who can’t make it live.)

Here’s how it works:

1. Register for a class at by Monday, October 14 at midnight ET.
2. Your registration confirmation email will contain a link to sign up for the webinar.
3. Click on the webinar link and register for the webinar. 
4. Once we’ve verified your class registration, we’ll send you a link to join the webinar on October 15.

If you’ve already registered for a class in our Summer/Fall sessions, you’ll receive a separate email inviting you to register for the webinar.

You must register for a class by October 14, 2019 to take advantage of the webinar, so don’t delay!

Sign Up Today