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*NEW* Class: Songwriting

Songwriting Online Class for Kids

It surprises me every time it happens. A song comes on the radio from 20 years ago. Or 30 years ago! And I know every. single. word. 

What is it about MUSIC? We respond with so much emotion, so much vigor, so much enthusiasm. 

If only our kids reacted that way to our writing curriculum, right? Well, check out our NEW CLASS designed to do just that: Songwriting

Embrace the HARMONY between music and writing. Songs and school may sound like polar opposites, but not so! 

Look at the common elements between writing, poetry, and lyrics:

  • Engaging word choices
  • Rhythm
  • Imagery
  • Metaphor
  • Syntax
  • Alliteration and Repetition
  • Theme

We wanted an online class to give your budding songwriters a chance to shine! They will be WRITING! 

Students will

  • Discover how powerful language links poetry and songwriting
  • Engage critical-thinking skills as they relate to songwriting
  • Learn all the songwriting lingo: chorus, hook, bridge, refrain
  • Create and revise an original song

Your kids will hum and toe-tap their way to powerful writing! Join us!

Songwriting Online Class for Kids

Boomerang Book Club: September 2019

Boomerang Book Club

Brave Writer’s Boomerang Book Club is the perfect jumping off point for sparking exploration.

There are no grades, no pressures, no strict expectations.

Just pure inspiration! New worlds and experiences!  (A recipe for enchantment, I tell ya!)

At the heart of our online book club, you’ll find our beloved coaches who facilitate:

  • reading
  • questioning
  • reflecting
  • discovering!

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Join us for the Big Juicy Conversations we’re having in September (ages 13-18):

Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli. Ember Reprint Edition, 2002. 208 pages.

Follow Leo Borlock as he navigates the treacherous waters of high school. Leo’s plan to blend in is foiled when he falls for Stargirl—the outrageously nonconformist new girl! Stargirl sends Leo, and the rest of the students at Mica Area High School, for a tailspin as they grapple with the shifting winds of popularity and what it means to be true to yourself.

Writing doesn’t need to be like pulling teeth. In our Boomerang Book Club, teens can’t wait to share their thoughts! Passionate opinions naturally draw out the writer in them. 

Boomerang Book Club

Arrow Book Club: September 2019

Arrow Book Club

Don’t tell your kids: the book club experience at Brave Writer isn’t just about having fun reading and chatting with new friends online. The deep reading experience we offer includes benefits your child doesn’t even know they’re getting!

Close reading of quality literature 

  • encourages kids’ brains to understand sequence via story structure and plot,
  • expands their attention spans, and
  • increases white matter in the language areas of the brain.

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Get in on the action with September’s Arrow selection (ages 9-12):

The Wild RobotPeter Brown. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016. 288 pages.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown is NOT about a robot GONE wild, but a robot IN the wild. When Roz the Robot finds herself stranded on an island, she develops unexpected relationships with the local inhabitants. As she learns to survive in an environment she was not built for, she creates connections and community. A robot with a big heart, Roz’s search for meaning will create plenty of opportunities to discuss friendship, family, the blending of nature and technology, and so much more.

Brave Writer online book clubs provide

  • thought-provoking questions,
  • engagement with one of Brave Writer’s talented writing coaches, and
  • a safe place to have interactions online about a common interest: books! 

Plus: Book Clubs are our best value: lowest tuition, lots of writing! ($99.00 for a month)

Arrow Book Club

Start the School Year with a Surprise!

Start the School Year with a Surprise

Want to flip your kids’ expectations on DAY ONE? Surprise them!

That together-summer feeling doesn’t need to fade. You might:

  • Spread a blanket in the backyard and have read aloud time there.
  • Start with a field trip and go to the zoo.
  • Make the first day a party with streamers and cake!

Another option: take a Brave Writer class TOGETHER! Your kids will be shocked! And delighted!

We’ve got a family learning adventure for you that’s whimsical and enthralling: POETRY!

Poetry allows your kids to play with language, discovering the magic of imagination and poetic form in a relaxed and fun way! 

Playing with Poetry: Discovery explores

  • Introduction to Poetry and Free Verse
  • Visual Poetry: Shape, Concrete, and Acrostic poems
  • Counted Word Poetry: Cinquain, Diamante, and Etheree poems
  • Japanese Poetry: Haiku and Tanka poems

Why start your school year with this online class?

  • Learning side-by-side with your kids sets the tone for the year
  • Get an impressive unit of study checked off your list right away
  • You can let someone else be the expert while you ease into things
  • One tuition—your ENTIRE family! 
  • Remind everyone (including you!) why learning is FUN!

What families say:

You too can be a poet!  This class explores a range of poetry forms and provides the guidance to play with words and develop your own poetic masterpieces!  — Elizabeth S.

This was a great class to take as a family. It helped us see familiar forms in new light and introduced us to new kinds of poems. — Jennifer A.

This class… was both fun and informative, and offered enough flexibility to make it work well with our ever changing schedule. — Kimberly M.


This is our only poetry class until 2020. Don’t miss it!

Sign up today!

Playing with Poetry: Discovery

“Love given is never wasted.”

Love given is never wasted.

My beautiful friend Debbie and I homeschooled together. Last week we went to the pool and shared about our lives now. Debbie works with opioid addicted women and some men here in Cincinnati. We got to talking about what it felt like to see someone give up the addiction, and make progress in their lives, and then revert to drug use. Debbie made a wise observation that I felt was critical for us to think about.

She said when she joined the organization to do this work, she believed her task was to help rescue people so that they would have improved lives. Naturally, not everyone can achieve the improvement. There are lots of stories of progress, not finished work, with growth and back tracks. She said she discovered she had to change her criteria for success in order to keep going and to not lose heart.

What Debbie believes now is that any time she gives love, she is offering her highest act of service, no matter the outcome.

As Debbie says, “Love given is never wasted.”

That phrase keeps echoing in my mind. How often is our goal to push for an outcome as opposed to creating a sacred space of love?

Perhaps a good question to ask ourselves when working with our kids is, “Is this the loving thing or the pushing them to my agenda thing?”

I want to remember: any love I give is never wasted—no matter how it looks today.


This post is originally from Instagram and @juliebravewriter is my account there so come follow along for more conversations like this one!