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Story Switcheroo: Spring 2017

Brave Writer's Story Switcheroo Class

by Brave Writer ninja, Jen Holman

The new Brave Writer classroom design got to SHINE this spring with Story Switcheroo! While in the past, parents had to describe their kids’ creative endeavors and artwork, or include a clunky attachment, this session they got to include their pictures directly into their posts. It was a huge game-changer!

Here are some of the final projects:

Brave Writer's Online Class: Story Switcheroo

A day in the life of Beast, from Beauty and the Beast. Here the characters from the castle (the coat stand, the clock, etc.) are all trying to make Beast presentable to impress Belle. But he keeps spilling soup on himself, etc. much to their dismay. Belle comes in at the end and sets him straight and tidy.

“Warning: Do not go in the Beast room ever”

Brave Writer's Online Class: Story Switcheroo

A day in the life of Beast, by the younger sibling of the previous poster. Beast is trying to win Belle’s heart by performing magic tricks for her.

“8:00 Do whatever he wants.” lol

Brave Writer's Online Class: Story Switcheroo

The bad witch climbing up Rapunzel’s hair to get into the tower. This student had made the tower, complete with little acorn bowls, cardboard chairs and tables, even artwork on the walls!

Brave Writer's Online Class: Story Switcheroo

The characters of Moana (Maui, Moana and Heyhey) go for a picnic on the island after saving the day on their adventure.

Brave Writer's Online Class: Story Switcheroo

A Cinderella ballroom scene. Note the chandelier!

Brave Writer's Online Class: Story Switcheroo

Character study of pig from the Three Little Pigs. 🙂

Story Switcheroo is a whimsical journey through the world of fairy tales! In this online class, we create a mixed-up land for your kids to explore. They stretch their imaginations and write original stories from the building blocks of traditional fairy tales. We combine story elements, lighthearted writing exercises and imaginative play to introduce your child to a whole new magical world – of writing!

Recommended for ages 5-8.

2017 Fall Writing Class Schedule

Brave Writer 2017 Fall Online Writing Classes

2017 Fall Writing Class Schedule

Brave Writer is all about personal investment and connection. Our instructors give you a deep commitment of time, and gentle instruction that leads to happy, improved writers.

Our writing classes are built from the workshop, writing support group model.

  • Each participant is valued as a person, not just as a student.
  • Writing feedback is detailed, friendly, and thorough.
  • Our instructors recognize that they have a sacred trust with your children and they aim to ensure that each student feels heard, read, and supported in deepening both skill and insight in his or her writing.

See which of these luscious treats you or your kids find appealing:

Core Classes

Kidswrite Basic (The parent is the student.)

Kidswrite Intermediate

Early Elementary

Just So Stories

Story Switcheroo

Older Elementary / Middle School+

Comic Strip Capers

Journaling Jumpstart

Middle School Writing Projects

Penning the Past

Skip into Science

Writing a Greek Myth

Write for Fun: Dream Big

Write for Fun: Fly High

Write for Fun: Go Wild

Writing the Short Story

Family Classes

Groovy Grammar

Nature Journaling

Playing with Poetry

Shakespeare Family Workshop

High School

Brave Writer high school writing classes equal about a 1/4 of a year’s credit for composition/English.

Advanced Composition 1

College Admissions Essay

Expository Essay Class: Exploratory & Persuasive

Expository Essay: Rhetorical Critique & Analysis

High School Writing Projects

MLA Research Essay

SAT/ACT Essay Class

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!


Fall Class Registration opens Noon EDT on July 31 
(Set your alarm clocks!)

Fall is a great time to JUMP into Brave Writer online writing classes. The new school year has such good energy, you know? If you want to reboot your homeschool experience of writing, let us help you!


Summer session is currently registering.
(many classes are full)

Register for Summer Classes NOW!

Brave Writer Summer Online Writing Classes

Registration is NOW OPEN

for Brave Writer Summer Online Writing Classes!

Head’s up! These classes are at the lowest prices they’ll be all year. If you’ve got your eye on any one of the classes listed in the summer session, nab it now. Tuition goes up in the fall.

We’ve got a slew of good classes available! Here’s the summer class schedule:

Comic Strip Capers
Jun 19 – Jul 14, 2017
Melissa Wiley

Write for Fun: Go Wild
Jun 26 – Jul 14, 2017
Karen O’Connor

Kidswrite Intermediate
Jul 3 – Aug 11, 2017
Samantha Burtner

Kidswrite Intermediate
Jul 3 – Aug 11, 2017
Joy Sherfey

Movie Club: Miyazaki
Jul 3 – Jul 28
Johannah Bogart

Fan Fiction
Jul 10 – Aug 4, 2017
Susanne Barrett

SAT/ACT Essay Class
Jul 10 – Aug 4, 2017
Jean Hall

Expository Essay Class: Exploratory & Persuasive
Jul 10 – Aug 18, 2017
Lora Fanning

Kidswrite Basic
Jul 10 – Aug 18, 2017
Deb Bell

Kidswrite Basic
Jul 10 – Aug 18, 2017
April Hensley

We’re excited to have you join us!

Register HERE

Summer 2017 Writing Class Schedule

Summer 2017 Writing Class Schedule

Summer Online Writing Classes!

Our June-August writing class sessions are wonderful for a variety of families:

  • Those down under who are in full swing of their school years (Aussies, Kiwis, South Americans…)
  • Those who want to isolate writing from the rest of the curriculum and play (Northern Hemisphere)!

Check out the summer class schedule below! Registration opens June 5, 2017 at noon EDT. For full descriptions of class content, click on the linked class title.

Comic Strip Capers
Jun 19 – Jul 14, 2017
Melissa Wiley

Write for Fun: Go Wild
Jun 26 – Jul 14, 2017
Karen O’Connor

Kidswrite Intermediate
Jul 3 – Aug 11, 2017
Samantha Burtner

Kidswrite Intermediate
Jul 3 – Aug 11, 2017
Joy Sherfey

Movie Club: Miyazaki
Jul 3 – Jul 28
Johannah Bogart

Fan Fiction
Jul 10 – Aug 4, 2017
Susanne Barrett

SAT/ACT Essay Class
Jul 10 – Aug 4, 2017
Jean Hall

Expository Essay Class: Exploratory & Persuasive
Jul 10 – Aug 18, 2017
Lora Fanning

Kidswrite Basic
Jul 10 – Aug 18, 2017
Deb Bell

Kidswrite Basic
Jul 10 – Aug 18, 2017
April Hensley

We’d love to see your kids enjoy writing this season with us!

Registration opens
Monday June 5, 2017!

Brave Writer Online Classes

Shakespeare Family Workshop

Shakespeare Family Workshop

Brave Writer mom Kara (and her girls Neve, 10, and Nora, 8) participated in our Shakespeare Family Workshop online class and this is what she had to say about it:

This has been such a wonderful five weeks! We can’t believe how fast it has gone! We started out with absolutely no clue to what Shakespeare is all about. My one daughter said she thought it was about romance and kissing. The other said she thought it was for grown ups and all sad. I only had seen A Midsummer’s Night Dream at a local college and thought it was hard to understand.

Now it’s hard to tell all the ways we think of Shakespeare now. We know that he wrote three main genre’s of plays. We learned so much from each type and how they brought different emotions to the fore. We also learned how he wrote many sonnets and what a sonnet even is.

We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the time period! We learned so much about the 1600’s and the Elizabethan era. I think that was one of our favorite parts, going back in time. We really started to pick up on and start to understand the meaning of their language. It made us think how much the plays were influenced by who was ruling at the time too. We liked learning about the history of England and all their rulers. I really enjoyed Shakespeare’s histories more than I thought I would have. All of us loved watching the Much Ado About Nothing movie after studying it all week.

The girls favorite side activity was definitely making the homemade berry ink. They still want to make more and write like they used to. It made everything come alive for them.

Berry Ink - Shakespeare Family Workshop
Berry Ink: 1/2 cup berries (push them through a strainer for pulp-free juice).
Add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix well.

Nora said she really enjoyed learning how Shakespeare wrote in iambic pentameter and 14 lines in his sonnets. She also really liked seeing Richard III bones, it was real! Never liked how he used antithesis and now is picking up on that in a lot of other writing. She also liked learning how there were many copies of the plays such as the messy one’s all the way down to the First Folio. I liked seeing how the soliloquies let you see the character’s inner most thoughts. Like I said we could go on all night!

The only challenging part was that it did take a long time to read and really get into each week. I don’t know if I would call it challenging, but it did take time and effort for sure. We put off other history and language arts like you had recommended or I don’t think we would have gotten the full benefit of the class. It was well worth it though!

I asked the girls for any improvements and Nora said she would like the class to go on for another week!! When we went to the library today she got a book on Twelfth Night all on her own! I don’t think she’s ready to let go of Shakespeare anytime soon! I think we may need to go to a live performance soon!

We enjoyed every week of this class! We learned more than we could have imagined! I liked how the class could be adapted to all ages! I loved seeing my girls understand and enjoy Shakespeare!! Thank you so much!!!

Kara, Neve, and Nora

Shakespeare Family Workshop