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What’s coming this summer to Brave Writer

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Whats new at brave writer
Image by Allison (an entry in our Where Brave Writers Write Giveaway!)

Some fun news! Take notes, share with friends.

1. I’m speaking at the Well Trained Mind Online Conference in July. You can still register!

2. Our DVDs from last year’s Brave Writer Retreat will be available this summer! Get ready for a big dose of Julie in huge earrings, a showing bra strap, and hands that won’t stop gesticulating! (Otherwise, the production quality is outstanding!)

3. The summer class schedule includes a BRAND NEW literature discussion class for adults to teach you how to interact with your kids around literature. It is featuring my favorite book of all time: A Room with a View.

4. The long-awaited Pouch of Boomerangs (designed for kids in 7th-8th grades) will be available for purchase by August. Here’s the book list:

Holes
The Master Puppeteer
The Sword in the Stone
A Wrinkle in Time
The View from Saturday
Number the Stars
The Endless Steppe
The Cay
Walk Two Moons
Shakespeare Scribe

5. We’re offering a BRAND NEW short story writing fiction class for 7th-12th grades in the fall. All your passionate fiction writers will get to work on a story they write and it will have a beginning, middle, AND END! If you’ve got kids who are determined to write the Great American Novel, this is the class to start them down that path.

6. The Homeschool Alliance will focus on planning your coming school year in June and July. I’ll post more details then, but if you want to use the summer to read the year’s worth of material, and get a jump on how you plan your school year, sign up now.

7. For your passionate middler writers, we are offering a BRAND NEW writing class that will feature The Greek Myths! This class will read several myths and then lead kids to write their own! No parental involvement needed; designed for that 10-13 year old set that loves to be independent.

8. Lastly, we are creating an ARROW BOOK CLUB (ABC) for 10-13 year olds. We’ll pick the Arrow titles to feature (it won’t be every month). Same model as the Boomerang Book Club but for younger kids. More details on that in June or July.

So that’s it! Hope there’s something here for you that you would enjoy!

Julie

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FALL Class Schedule–register August 3rd

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

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Fall Online Writing Classes!

Plan for fall! The class schedule is up, and registration opens Monday, August 3, 2015 at noon EDT.

Classes listed alphabetically. Instructors are listed with their classes. For full descriptions and target age ranges, click on the class page to get more detail. As always, feel free to email Brave Writer or contact us via the online chat option to help you determine which classes would be best for your kids and you!

Brave Writer online high school writing classes equal about a 1/4 of a year’s credit for composition/English. If your students take two classes in one semester, they’ll have earned a semester’s worth of credit.

Advanced Composition 1

Instructor: Julie Bogart

September 8 – October 2, 2015
(4 weeks)
High School
$229.00 per student

College Admissions Essay Class

Instructor: Nancy Graham

August 24 – September 18, 2015
(4 weeks)
16 – 18 years old (college bound)
$229.00 per student

Expository Essay

Instructors: Jean Hall, Samantha Burtner

August 24 – October 2, 2015 (Hall)
September 28 – November 6, 2015 (Burtner)
November 2 – December 15, 2015 (Hall)
(6 weeks)
High School
$249.00 per student

NEW: Write Your Own Greek Myth

Instructor: Kirsten Merryman

October 19 – November 13, 2015
(4 weeks)
9-14 years old
$199.00 per student

Groovy Grammar

Instructor: Susanne Barrett

September 8 – October 2, 2015
(4 weeks)
10-16 years old
$199.00 per family

High School Writing Projects

Instructor: Lucy Olson

September 8 – October 2, 2015
(4 weeks)
High School
$199.00 per student

Just So Stories

Instructor: Lucy Olson

August 24 – September 18, 2015
(4 weeks)
9-14 years old (with parent support)
$199.00 per family

Kidswrite Basic

Instructors: Deb Bell, Kirsten Merryman, Lora Fanning

August 24 – October 2, 2015 (Merryman)
September 8 – October 16, 2015 (Bell)
September 21 – October 30, 2015 (TBD)
October 5 – November 13, 2015 (TBD)
October 19 – December 4, 2015 (Bell)
October 26 – December 11, 2015 (Thanksgiving break: 11/23-11/27) (Fanning)
(6 weeks)
Identical sessions; pick only one
8-14 years old (with parent support); 15-18 years old remedial
$199.00 for the first student; $99.00 for each additional student

Kidswrite Intermediate

Instructors: Jean Hall, Samantha Burtner, Lucy Olson

August 24 – October 2, 2015 (Burtner)
September 28 – November 6, 2015 (Hall)
October 19 – December 4, 2015 (Olson)
November 2 – December 15, 2015 (Burtner)
(6 weeks)
8th – High School
$229.00 per student

MLA Research Essay

Instructor: Susanne Barrett

October 5 – November 13, 2015
(6 weeks)
Only 10 students
11th and 12th grades
$249.00 per student

Middle School Writing Projects

Instructor: Lora Fanning

September 8 – October 2, 2015
(4 weeks)
10-14 years old
$199.00 per student

Movie Discussion Club

Instructor: Nancy Graham

November 23 – December 18, 2015
(4 weeks)
Junior and Senior High School
$199.00 per family

Nature Journaling

Instructor: Lora Fanning

October 5 – October 30, 2015
(4 weeks)
Family Class (all ages)
$199.00 per family

Playing with Poetry

Instructor: Susanne Barrett

November 16 – December 15, 2015
(4 weeks)
Family Class (all ages)
$199.00 per family

Powerful Fiction Techniques

Instructor: Nancy Graham

October 26 – November 20, 2015
(4 weeks)
11 – 18 years old
$199.00 per student

Write for Fun 1

Instructor: Karen O’Connor

September 8 – September 25, 2015
(3 weeks)
10 – 14 years old
$149.00 per student

Write for Fun 2

Instructor: Karen O’Connor

October 12 – October 30, 2015
(3 weeks)
10 – 14 years old
$149.00 per student

Writing the Short Story

Instructor: Nancy Graham

September 21 – October 23, 2015
(5 weeks)
12 – 18 years old
$219.00 per student

Registration opens Monday, August 3, 2015!

SUMMER class schedule is here!

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SUMMER Class Schedule–register June 1st

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

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Summer Online Writing Classes!

Here’s the summer class schedule! Registration opens June 1, 2015 at noon EDT. For full descriptions of class content, click on the linked class title below.

Adult Literature Class: A Room with a View

Instructor: Johannah Bogart

July 6 – July 31, 2015
(4 weeks)
Parents
$199.00 per student

Expository Essay

Instructor: Samantha Burtner

July 6 – August 14, 2015
(6 weeks)
High School Students
$249.00 per student

Fan Fiction

Instructor: Susanne Barrett

July 6 – July 31, 2015
(4 weeks)
11-18 years old
$199.00 per student

Kidswrite Basic

Instructors: Deb Bell, Kirsten Merryman

July 6 – August 14, 2015
(6 weeks)
9-18 years old
$199.00 for the first student; $99.00 for each additional one

Kidswrite Intermediate

Instructor: Samantha Burtner

July 6 – August 14, 2015
(6 weeks)
13-18 years old
$229.00 per student

Movie Discussion: Animated Animals

Instructor: Nancy Graham

August 3 – August 28, 2015
(4 weeks)
All Ages!
$199.00 per family

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Finding Nemo
A Cat in Paris
Chicken Run

SAT/ACT Essay Prep

Instructor: Jean Hall

July 6 – August 14, 2015
(6 weeks)
High School Students
$249.00 per student

Write for Fun 1

Instructor: Karen O’Connor

June 22-July 10, 2015
(3 weeks)
10-14 years of age
$149.00 per student

Registration opens on Monday June 1, 2015!

Brave Writer online high school writing classes are equivalent to a 1/4 of a year’s credit for composition/English. If your student takes two classes in one semester, your high schooler will have earned a semester’s worth of credit.

FALL class schedule is here!

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Amazing Globe Theatre model!

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Globe

Globe detail

The fantastic Globe Theatre model above was created by the Yuasa family during a past Shakespeare Workshop. Such attention to detail! We’re blown away by the creativity of our Brave Writer families!

Susanne Barrett, instructor of the class, writes:

Also, another student in this class did his project very creatively…by building the interiors of the Globe on Minecraft!

My boys took a shortcut when they did their model several years ago…they brought me a heap of smoldering ashes from the fireplace and reminded me that the Globe burned down in 1613. [ha!]

We love Shakespeare here at Brave Writer! In fact, our Literary Analysis: Shakespeare (Twelfth Night) Class started Monday.  It runs for 4 weeks (May 18 – June 12, 2015) and is geared toward high school students. From the description page:

May is Shakespeare Month here at Brave Writer, and we continue to follow our tradition of offering the study of a different aspect of Shakespeare’s work each spring. In the past, we have studied Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Soliloquies as well as the plays Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, and Romeo & Juliet. This spring we will be delving into the world of the Shakespearean romantic comedy with an up-close-and-personal study of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Students who have previously taken our Literary Analysis courses of Shakespeare’s plays will find much new and interesting in this course centered on the hilarious romantic love triangle among Duke Orsino, Lady Olivia, and Viola (who is disguised as Orsino’s page, Cesario). Throw in a shipwreck, look-alike twins, a madcap trick on Olivia’s stodgy butler, and memorable characters, and we’ll have tons of fun this spring!

The Literary Analysis for Twelfth Night class is almost full, but Susanne says we could squeeze in one or two more. The first week is a look at Shakespeare’s life, times, and language, so it’s easy to catch up.

But, hurry! Register today.

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Spring Class Registration is OPEN!

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

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REGISTER TODAY!

What makes Brave Writer classes awesome:

  • Your kids will be writing in the company of other young writers!
  • Feedback is not only about “accuracy,” but about writing voice–finding and fostering the child’s natural self-expression while expanding it and enhancing it!
  • Relationship-building instruction. We are as much about fostering a healthy, reciprocal, respectful relationship between child and parent as we are about teaching writing.
  • Our classes are a deep-dive for 3-6 weeks, and then you all get to take a good long break before writing again.
  • Instruction is directed to parents, not just kids! We want to help you be the effective writing coach and ally your kids need, and the sort you want to become!
  • You can sign into the classroom any time of day from anywhere in the world and not miss a lick of class! All instruction is asynchronous while taught by a real instructor.
  • Our teaching staff are published writers and home educators–they know the dynamics of teaching their own kids to write, which is one reason they are so helpful!

Spring Class Schedule!

Classes are listed alphabetically. Click on the titles for more info.

Expository Essay
Instructors: Samantha Burtner, Jean Hall

March 30 – May 8, 2015 (Burtner)
May 4 – June 12, 2015 (Hall)
(6 weeks)
13-18 years old
$249.00 per student

High School Writing Projects
Instructor: Christine Gable

May 4 – May 29, 2015
(4 weeks)
High School
$199.00 per student

Kidswrite Basic
Instructors: Deb Bell, Lora Fanning, Kirsten Merryman

March 30 – May 8, 2015 (Bell)
April 6 – May 15, 2015 (Fanning)
April 13 – May 22, 2015 (Merryman)
May 11 – June 19, 2015 (Bell)
(6 weeks)
Identical sessions; pick only one
8-14 years old (with parent support); 15-18 years old remedial
$199.00 for the first child; $99.00 for each add’l child

Kidswrite Intermediate
Instructors: Jean Hall, Lucy Olson

March 9 – April 17, 2015 (Hall)
April 20 – May 29, 2015 (Olson)
(6 weeks)
High School
$229.00 per student

Literary Analysis: Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)
Instructor: Susanne Barrett

May 18 – June 12, 2015
(4 weeks) High School
$219.00 per student

Movie Discussion Club: Sherlocked!
Instructor: Nancy Graham

April 27 – May 22, 2015
(4 weeks)
Family Class (all kids enrolled for one price)
$199.00 per family

Nature Journaling
Instructor: Christine Gable

April 6 – May 1, 2015
(4 weeks)
Family Class (all kids enrolled for one price)
$219.00 per family

Passion for Fiction
Instructor: Nancy Graham

March 23 – April 17, 2015
(4 weeks)
High School
$199.00 per student

Photography and Writing
Instructor: Nicole Rae

May 4 – May 29, 2015
(4 weeks)
High School
$199.00 per student

SAT/ACT Essay Prep
Instructor: Jean Hall

May 4 – May 29, 2015
(4 weeks)
10th – 12th grades
$229.00 per student

Shakespeare Family Workshop
Instructor: Susanne Barrett

April 13 – May 15, 2015
(5 weeks)
Family Class (all kids enrolled for one price)
$199.00 per family

Write for Fun 1
Instructor: Karen O’Connor

April 6 – April 24, 2015
(4 weeks)
10 – 14 year olds
$149.00 per student

Write for Fun 2
Instructor: Lora Fanning

May 11 – May 29, 2015
(4 weeks)
10 – 14 year olds (Write for Fun I not a pre-requisite)
$149.00 per student

Winter Classes Still Available

Just So Stories
Instructor: Kirsten Merryman

March 2 – March 27, 2015
(4 weeks)
Family Class: 9-14 years old (with parental support)
$199.00 per family

Literary Analysis: Rebecca
Instructor: Susanne Barrett, MA British Literature

March 2 – March 27, 2015
(4 weeks) High School
$219.00 per student

Middle School Writing Projects
Instructor: Christine Gable

March 9 – April 3, 2015
(4 weeks) 10 – 14 years old
$199.00 per student

UPDATE! New session added: Just So Stories May 18-June 12.

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The 2015 Spring Calendar of Classes is posted!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Spring_Class_2015

Mark your calendars! Registration for Brave Writer’s spring online classes opens on Monday, March 2, 2015. It’s not too late to get your writing in for the year!

Here are the classes that will be offered:

Expository Essay
High School Writing Projects
Kidswrite Basic
Kidswrite Intermediate
Literary Analysis: Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)
Movie Discussion Club: Sherlocked!
Nature Journaling
Passion for Fiction
Photography and Writing
SAT/ACT Essay Prep
Shakespeare Family Workshop
Write for Fun I
Write for Fun II

Check out the schedule here!

And parents of teens, don’t miss the SAT/ACT essay class which will get your kids ready for the June 6 test date.

P.S. Registration is still open for certain winter classes.

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Winter class registration is OPEN

Monday, December 1st, 2014

WBWW 113 Heather blog

Brave Writer writing classes are your ticket to writing instruction success!

  • Your kids will be writing in the company of other young writers!
  • Feedback is not only about “accuracy,” but about writing voice–finding and fostering the child’s natural self-expression while expanding it and enhancing it!
  • Our classes are a deep-dive for 3-6 weeks, and then you all get to take a good long break before writing again.
  • Instruction is directed to parents, not just kids! We want to help you be the effective writing coach and ally your kids need, and the sort you want to become!
  • You can sign in any time of day from anywhere in the world and not miss a lick of class! All instruction is asynchronous while taught by a real instructor.
  • Our teaching staff are published writers and home educators–they know the dynamics of teaching their own kids to write, which is one reason they are so helpful!

SIGN UP NOW!

UPDATE 12/2/14:

Blown away by yesterday’s winter class registration. Shattering records for our first day enrollments. We are tallying up the class totals and will alert you to any that are closed ASAP. For now, if you know what class you want and it’s early in the winter (January start), don’t wait to sign up to secure your spot.

Classes starting later in the winter have more space. Nothing closed….yet.

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Winter class schedule is up!

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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Registration Opens Mon, Dec. 1, 2014
Noon Eastern (12:00 p.m. EST)

Classes Offered:

Expository Essay
Groovy Grammar
High School Writing Projects
Just So Stories
Kidswrite Basic
Kidswrite Intermediate
Literary Analysis: Rebecca
Middle School Writing Projects
Movie Discussion Clubs: Gutsy Boys and Brave Girls
Playing with Poetry
Photography and Writing
SAT/ACT Essay Prep

Feel free to email Julie or to contact Brave Writer via the online chat option (lower right corner of the home page) if you need help determining which classes would be best for your kids and you.

Click here for more info!

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Why we use writing to teach writing

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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An email question from Lisa:

“I love your curriculum but really do not like the Format for the online classes. Please look into live Online instruction. Most students are not going to Read through all the post of others in the class. This Really doesn’t give the group interaction live Instruction does.”

My response, in case you are wondering the same things:

Hi Lisa!

Thanks for your feedback. We welcome it! I’d like to explain to you a bit about our style of instruction. It’s a deliberate choice on my part, not an accident, not because I haven’t “updated” to the current style of online instruction. In fact, what we do mirrors what colleges offer in Blackboard, Coursera, and Canvas. It is my belief that reading and writing create the best writers, and that lecture (while it can be enjoyable and even a short cut at times in explanations given) is not as effective in growing writers.

We’ve taught our online classes using this technique for 15 years. We’ve taught more than 15,000 students worldwide. It’s a deliberate decision based on pedagogy. Students are trained to read, understand, interpret, and apply what they read to their writing. All the interaction in our classroom is reading and writing—reading feeds writing and enables growth and development that lecture cannot/does not impart. Even the questions students ask are written and the responses are written. This helps writing growth in the following ways:

  • Students learn to clarify their thoughts in the written word, and have a record of those thoughts as they develop so that the words they create don’t “vanish” into the thin air of spoken language, but remain visible to the student for continued reference.
  • Students read the assignments and processes, which gives them vocabulary that will become useful in their own writing. They are able to scroll back through, re-read, and assimilate the language, structure, and ideas from the written word. Writing is necessarily just enough different from speech that it is of enormous help to read rather than listen.
  • Reading skill (the ability to analyze and process meaning and content from the written word) is the key skill in writing development. No other process has been more strongly linked to writing growth than reading.

We’ve discovered that our students do, in fact, read most of the posts (some can’t get enough of them—they read and reread!). What happens is that our students wade into the waters of writing gently. They are not distracted by hairstyles, tone of voice, personality, and their own fatigue or boredom or hunger. They come to the classroom when they are ready to concentrate and read and reread if they need to.

They have ample time to form their thoughts and consider what they are reading. There’s no “pop question” type pressure to respond in the moment over audio-visual equipment. They have ample access to the instructor for her feedback which is carefully crafted and thoughtfully given.

I’ve taught at the university level, and in many in-person contexts for writing (with homeschoolers). I am never as satisfied with the writing growth in those class environments as I am with my online classes. We use reading and writing to teach reading and writing. it works.

I hope you’ll try us!

Julie

You can still sign up for fall classes now!

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Boomerang Book Club’s September Selection

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

To Kill a MockingbirdThe second title in our Boomerang Book Club is the American classic about race and family, compassion and human dignity: To Kill a Mockingbird.

In this time of modern uneasy race relations in America, there could be no more timely book to read and examine.

The book discussion starts on Monday September 8, so don’t wait! Your students should begin reading the book now.

Each month of the Boomerang Book Club includes The Boomerang as part of your class fee. That means you will get the digital downloadable issue that gives you your grammar, punctuation, spelling, and literary device notes to help you ensure growth in the mechanics of writing as well.

Sign up HERE.

Purchase a copy of To Kill a Mocking Bird on Amazon.com (affiliate link).

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