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Brave Writer Writing Conference!

Brave Writer Writing Conference 2017

Join Julie in Austin Texas
for a Brave Writer Writing Conference

September 8-9, 2017

Wells Branch Community Center
2106 Klattenhoff Dr. Austin Tx 78728

I’m pleased to announce that we will host an exclusive Brave Writer conference in Austin, Texas in time for the start of your homeschool year! The focus? Writing, of course! For an evening and a full day, we will explore all aspects of writing:

  • Creating a writing culture at home
  • Magical practices that entice kids to write and read
  • How to revise original writing without inducing howls of pain
  • The role of creativity in all kinds of writing (including essays and reports!)
  • How reading and writing work together—and poetry!
  • Being your child’s partner in writing from PreK through High School
  • And I’ll get you to do a little writing too!

Check out the details here!

We can take 300 registrations!

EARLIEST BIRD DEAL for May 15 only

$89.00 (reg price is $109.00)

First person to register will win one of our Brave Writer Mugs!

Brave Writer Mug

There is space for 100 people to attend. I hope you are one of them. I’m can’t wait to meet you!

Register Today

A World of Difference

A World of DifferenceWith Angie, who organized the Muslim Homeschool Network Conference

Hi Julie,

I hope you’re doing well! We miss you out here in Sunny SoCal!! 🙂

I just wanted to share with you (and please share with Rita Cevasco as well!) our struggle, in hopes that it will help other families.

Last year around this time my then 6 year old was a reluctant writer. She knew how to write letters but hated holding a pencil. I would hear the common complaints like “it hurts my hands” or “it’s boring” etc. …Not to mention my 6 year old was reading far beyond her age, reading classics with advanced vocabulary and I was stunned that she was doing amazingly with reading and struggling so much with writing?! I was baffled.

Finally, a friend introduced me to Brave Writer! After a few Julie scopes and exploring the website I was hooked. We started with Jot It Down. My daughter was telling me funny poems, writing stories, and asking me to jot down all sorts of writing that seemed to be exploding out of her imagination! Her writing voice was beautiful. I was thrilled and so was she!

Then we got to the mechanics. I assumed since her reading level was beyond her 6.5 years, that A Quiver of Arrows would be the right fit. She loved Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Charlotte’s Web and had read them multiple times. I had skimmed through The Wand but Hop on Pop and Amelia Bedelia were not where she was reading at all so I just ignored The Wand all together. And this was my mistake, READING LEVEL DOES NOT EQUAL WRITING LEVEL!! …Most of the words during French dictation were misspelled no matter how many times we looked them over. I was stressed, she was annoyed, so I backed off.

At that time I was thinking that maybe this curriculum wasn’t a good fit for some reason, but then I decided to give The Wand a shot… and it was the perfect fit! The sentences were simple and short enough that she felt confident doing the copywork. Spelling was fun with the post-it notes and hands-on activities. My daughter was loving it. Over the course of the year, her spelling improved dramatically and she was now loving picking up a pencil and writing her thoughts, lists, stories, notes to her father and I, and even journaling her favorite trips ON HER OWN?!? My mind was blown. It took us a year or so to finish all 3 levels and its has made a WORLD of difference. She has recently started learning cursive after begging me to get her a cursive writing book.

Thank you and thank Rita for me as well. I never thought such a different mind set and simply unique curriculum could make such a difference but it really has made a world of difference. As a new homeschooler, this was GOLD and I wholeheartedly recommend the Jot it Down + the Wand to anyone who has a struggling writer!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

Trees in the Forest: Growing Readers and Writers through Deep Comprehension (Volume 1)Great news! Rita Cevasco’s book, Trees in the Forest: Growing Readers and Writers through Deep Comprehension, is on sale now through April 30, 2017 (learn more about Rita’s book)!

Take 30% off your purchase using this discount code:


Brave Writer Seminar for Parents!


Saturday September 13, 2014
St. Bernard Church –Spring Grove Village
Cincinnati, OH

Are you drawn to the natural, lifestyle-oriented vision of language arts, writing, and literature, but aren’t sure how to make it work in your family? Do you have reluctant writers or children with special needs or even advanced writers who seem beyond your skill set to help? This seminar will show you how to create a rich homeschool environment that will honor your values, promote learning, and expand your happiness—yours and your children’s!

Topics covered:

  • natural writing development
  • language rich environment
  • nature and art study
  • “party school”
  • freewriting
  • copywork and dictation
  • partnership writing
  • poetry teatime practice

Join us!


For more info EMAIL Terrie at:

Join me at the NOT Back to School Summit!

BlueArmsHeadshot -smallThroughout the month of September, Home Education Council of America is hosting a series of more than 60 workshops with more than 20 speakers (including me!) – all online, all for FREE!


The Secret to Breakthroughs in Writing – Sept. 9th @ 1pm Pacific
Programs, curriculum, homeschool gurus—they all miss it. Yet it’s so simple! You’ll walk away from this seminar knowing exactly what to do to change the dynamic around writing in your family…for good. In fact, you can turn your writing program around in one step, once you know what it is and follow through. Your entire paradigm about writing instruction will shift once you understand the fundamental principle that creates the desire to write and the pride in having written.

Take a Risk: Have the Homeschool of Your Dreams! – Sept. 17th @ 1pm Pacific
The fantasy homeschool that lives in your imagination is a good one. It’s haunted by a little invisible spirit called “The Ghost of Public School Past.” Her name is Mrs. Cox, she holds a red pen, she whispers in your left ear: “By this age in school, your child would already be…” Make it stop! That voice leads you to do all kinds of schoolish activities in the name of “taking education seriously.” It also leads to all kinds of unhappiness, tedium, and feelings of failure. What would happen if you could “brush her off your shoulder”? What can you do to gain confidence to follow the fragile, bright vision you have of how life at home could actually be? Let’s explore a new kind of homeschool paradigm together.

Don’t Let High School Writing Scare You – Sept 23rd @ 11am Pacific
The essay format lasts for about 8 years (high school and college). It’s designed to make the lives of teachers and professors easier—to make grading simple. If you and I had dinner together, I could teach you to write an essay on the back of a napkin! What’s missing in most writing programs for high school is the thinking component. Let’s look at how to develop the rhetorical imagination of your teens so that they have something of worth to put in all those essays, and so that they can take that quality thinking into their lives beyond college.

Simply visit the HECOA website today and register to get your all-access pass to the entire month, from the comfort of your home. There will also be replays for a limited time – in case you have to miss one.

See you there!

UPDATE: The response to the webinars has been so great that the HECOA website sometimes struggles with the heavy traffic. So, if you get an error message when clicking on their link above, just refresh the page. You should be able to get on after one or more tries.

Day-long Brave Writer Writing Workshop!


NEW! Day-long Writing Workshop – July 10, 2014

Golden Colorado (near Denver)

Registration fee: $49.95 per person (one spouse or live-in partner may attend with you for free)

Schedule: Saturday, 9:00 – 4:00 (Lunch one hour from 12:00 – 1:00)

You will supply your own lunch, but we will supply water and snacks for the breaks. If you want to start next year right, and live around or near Denver, please join us!

This workshop will go through the nuts and bolts of writing from pre-writing to freewriting to revision and the role of a rich language arts lifestyle. We’ll cover all ages, but especially 5-14 years of age. We will not cover academic high school writing. More info here.

Sign up today!