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A Free Webinar like No Other!

Take a Brave Writer Class and Get Free Training

We’ve heard you loud and clear. 

You want MORE coaching and we’re here for it!

Sign up for an online class by Sunday, August 25 at midnight ET, and be treated to a FREE webinar with me (Julie Bogart) and the awesome 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 designed to train YOU how to have the richest, best online class experience with your kids, and then how to use what you learn there going forward in your homeschool.


  • how to prepare before class begins
  • how to partner with your child for success
  • how to produce great writing after class using the class resources
  • how to support kids with learning challenges (reading, organization, processing)
  • how to translate the class activities into high quality records and transcripts

Save the date to attend the webinar live: August 26 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 Sunday, August 25 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 August 26.

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

You must register for a class by August 25, 2019 to take advantage of the webinar, so don’t delay!

Classes for your whole family

Brave Writer offers a slew of classes for every age bracket. We’ve got something for everyone. Take a look at our selection of classes and sign up early to lock in your seats. 

If you know which classes you want, register now! I can’t stress that enough. I hate to tell you that a class you counted on is no longer available.

Online Movie Club: Marvelous Musicals

Get your dancing shoes on!

I’ve been tapping my toes ever since we made these selections for our Movie Discussion Club: Marvelous MUSICALS!

Musical numbers model writing power! 

  • The poetry of the lyrics.
  • The narrative.
  • The playful way that songs create new dynamics between characters. 

These are a few of my favorite things.

Students get to amp their cultural literacy, visit a time and place far from their own—oh, and we get them to WRITE.

There’s a place for us.

Whether your kids are fans of metal, country, or rap, there’s something unifying about the power, the DRAMA, the appeal of a good musical. Instant investment!

One more day. Another day, another destiny.

We’ve got your summer playlist all lined up! Your kids will be learning while they are humming. And you’ll be singing along!

No, no, no, no, no way I’m livin’ without you…

Have you figured out which musicals we’re doing? 

The Sound of Music (1965) A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a naval officer widower.

Les Misérables (2012) In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean (who, after breaking parole, is hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert) agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

West Side Story (1961) Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but can love flourish in the midst of intense friction between the warring Jets and Sharks?

Dreamgirls (2006) A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

What students say:

I love the way it doesn’t feel like writing, even though it is!  – Brian

I was surprised that we dug so deep! At first I just took this class to have an excuse to watch more [movies] but then I started to really enjoy it. – Sarah

I knew I would enjoy watching the movies in this class, but I didn’t know how much I would enjoy writing about them and sharing my thoughts.  – Mark

Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo… Secure your spot in this fun class and be prepared to sing your way into September and the start of a new school year!

Class starts Monday, August 5, 2019.


Brave Writer Movie Discussion Club

A Sneaky Way to Encourage Writing

Here’s a question. Do your kids read English language textbooks for fun? I didn’t think so! 

So why do we think they’d like to learn to write that way? Steps, rules, and dry, boring topics. 

Let’s embrace what they love READING to help them in WRITING! It makes sense!

  • In their beach bag: Percy JacksonHarry PotterLord of the Rings.
  • Stacked on their bedside table: Hunger GamesTwilightDivergent.
  • On the family camping trip: well-worn copies of Fangirl and Eleanor & Park.

Their enchantment is our roadmap! So let’s get on board! We’ve got this port of entry set up for you with two online writing classes this summer:

Fan Fiction—starting July 29th

  • Only offered once a year.
  • THE class for pop culture junkies—they can write about books, TV and movies too.
  • All the traditional elements of story-writing with a nontraditional muse!

Our instructor, Susanne Barrett, has a cult following for her published fan fiction AND a graduate degree in British literature and poetry. (How’s that for the wondrous colliding of worlds? Only at Brave Writer, I tell you!)

Writing a Greek Myth—starting July 29th

  • Myths set the stage for EPIC storytelling!
  • Familiar characters and setting make an easy entry to story writing.
  • The gods—they’re just like us! Use tools like character profiles to inform your story.
  • Create a modern god who rules over today’s world or a story of your own devising!

See what students say:

I now know that if you have good ideas, you can write anything! – Joshua

I love Greek and Roman mythology. Now I can think of all the gods and goddesses and write a story in my head. Then I can tell it around the campfire or even at a sleepover. My friends would love to take this class and I can’t wait to tell them about it. – Gracie

I’ve gotten way more confident with sharing my ideas and writing. In addition to this, my grammar has improved a lot and so has my understanding of what it means to be an author. – Althea

Fiction writing feeds directly into the academic writing your kids will do in high school and college.

When a writer helps us care about a protagonist, that makes it easier to convince us to care about a thesis in a persuasive essay later on. And those inciting incidents that kick off the action in a fiction piece also serve as strong opening hooks in an academic paper.

Transfer of skills is everywhere! No time spent developing writing skills is wasted.

Register for a Fiction Class!

Make Grammar Work for YOU, not the Other Way Around!

Make Grammar Work for YOU, not the Other Way Around!

How to Build a Sandcastle:

  1. Gather 2 cubic feet of sand, free of debris
  2. Acquire a small blue pail and a purple 9-inch shovel
  3. Determine your water source and proximity to building site (beware of tides)
  4. Mix water and sand to the ratio of…

Wait… isn’t this how you learned? Of course not!

As parents, we know that despite certain “rules” to building a sandcastle, kids just need to get their hands dirty. Experiment. Play. 

As homeschoolers, we know that kids play to learn. We encourage them to learn organically! Except, I’ve noticed, when it comes to GRAMMAR.

When it comes to teaching grammar, we often stick hard and fast by the rules. In fact, we’ve been so ingrained with the rule-based system that we don’t even know HOW to play with grammar anymore. 

That’s why our Groovy Grammar Workshop is so popular! Families come to us for that playful connection to organic learning. 

  • Kids discover patterns and relationships between words that make the ‘rules’ true.
  • Instead of sentence diagramming, we play! Like building sandcastles—with words!
  • Words spring to life in fresh ways, which makes kids curious about grammar. 
  • What they learn this summer shapes grammatical understanding for the year ahead.

The best part? The whole family gets enrolled in this class for one low price! 

Your child isn’t sitting alone at a computer or with a workbook memorizing grammar rules. Activities are done all together as a family, then you, the parent, check in with our writing coach at your convenience.

You can even do it at the beach! 

Take your kids on a vacation from rule-based language arts! It’s the season for learning in a playful, experimental way.

Join us in Groovy Grammar Workshop!

Find out how our online classes work (including instructions on how to log in to our sample classroom) here

Groovy Grammar

Boomerang Book Club: August 2019

Whether you’re taking a trip this summer or staying close to home, your kids can go on the ultimate adventure with our August Boomerang Book Club selection: THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien.

It doesn’t get more epic than this! Fantasy is ‘all the rage’ in teen literature— but this is a bonafide classic you’ll be thrilled to add to your teen’s list. 

Plus class tuition includes a free copy of the Boomerang guide based on the book.

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The lives of all Middle Earth lie in the balance as Bilbo Baggins joins a rag-tag company of dwarves to reclaim the Arkenstone from the mighty dragon, Smaug. Enter dramatic encounters with giant spiders, wizards, and goblins. (As well as the faithful, conniving and ever-present Golum! Love him or hate him!)

Teens get full-on obsessed with Tolkien’s world. Are you ready? Pick up the book, sign up for the Boomerang Book Club, and make it ‘the summer they read The Hobbit’! After class, they can go on to watch the movies and devour Middle Earth lore.

A rich array of experiences await!

Boomerang Book Club