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Brave Writer Summer Camp 2018

2018 Brave Writer Summer Camp

Register for our FREE Online Summer Camp!

Need a homeschool tune up but don’t have the energy to drag yourself and your kids to a convention? We gotchu! Stay put with tall glasses of lemonade, your computer screen, and games for the kids.

Summer Camp features 5 identical webinars on Tuesday and Wednesday (with a bonus webinar on Monday afternoon), in different time slots so you can arrange your schedule to suit you (and not have to park yourself in front of the computer for all five in one day). I’ve invited my friends to share helpful information about language arts, the Brave Writer program, and learning challenges.

Plus our Online Summer Camp comes with a free PDF digital handbook that has all the details for how to participate (even games for your kids!).

2018 Brave Writer Summer Camp Handbook


Monday, July 23 (Bonus Webinar)

4:00 P.M. Open House: A Guided Tour of the Homeschool Alliance (Julie Bogart)

Tuesday, July 24

10:00 A.M. The Writer’s Jungle: How to be an Effective Writing Coach (Julie Bogart)
1:00 P.M. Language Arts: Literature and Mechanics in Brave Writer (Mary Wilson)
4:00 P.M. Are Online Writing Classes Right for My Family? (Kirsten Merryman)
6:00 P.M. Homeschool Writing with a Slew of Kids (Julie Bogart)
8:00 P.M. Tackle Learning Challenges in Writing and Reading (Rita Cevasco)

Wednesday, July 25

10:00 A.M. Are Online Writing Classes Right for My Family? (Kirsten Merryman)
1:00 P.M. Language Arts: Literature and Mechanics in Brave Writer (Mary Wilson)
4:00 P.M. Homeschool Writing with a Slew of Kids (Julie Bogart)
6:00 P.M. Tackle Learning Challenges in Writing and Reading (Rita Cevasco)
8:00 P.M. The Writer’s Jungle: How to be an Effective Writing Coach (Julie Bogart)

These sessions are LIVE only (no replay) so you want to be sure you sign up for the time slot you can attend.


Everyone who registers we’ll automatically be entered into a drawing for…drum roll please:

Brave Writer Summer Camp iPad Giveaway

An iPad with special engraving!
The iPad will feature the winner’s name and Brave Writer on the back.

Photo Prize
We’re awarding the collection of Gracious Space books and our Poetry Teatime Companion to the family who posts our favorite Instagram image during Summer Camp (hashtag #bravewritercamp).

Swag Prizes
In each webinar, we’ll draw several winners to receive stickers, pens, and bookmarks for you and your kids. Tune in live, participate in the chat, and you’ll be eligible to win!

Sign Up Here

Get the Scoop on Brave Writer Products!

Julie Tells All Product Webinar

Julie Tells All!
The Secret to Using Brave Writer Programs
April 20, 2018

Two identical sessions:
11:00 AM and 4:00 PM Eastern

I’d like to invite you to a FREE webinar. Pick the time of day that works best for you.

We keep getting these questions (it’s curriculum shopping season!):

  • How do I use Brave Writer?
  • How can I purchase what I need for a large family?
  • How do your products fit together?

What better way to answer them than to hang out for an hour and cover everything?

In this “tell all,” I’ll show you how Brave Writer transforms your family’s writing experience—covering the requirements, inspiring your learners—through our products and online classes.

We’ll look at:

  • how to teach mechanics AND original writing
  • which products you need for families with lots of kids and ages
  • why Brave Writer works well with any homeschool style
  • what to do about high school writing, too

I’ll take questions, and give you a 9-week writing plan to use right away (free).

An “early-bird catches the worm” discount will be available to all who register for the webinar (even if you watch on replay).

(Psst: free gifts to a few lucky families during the live event; attend live if you can!)

Are you pumped? I am! Can’t wait to help you help yourself into a fabulous writing life with your family.



We can take up to 500 members per identical session.

Excited to share with you!

Writer’s Jungle Webinar: Dec. 10, 2017

Writer's Jungle Free Webinar
FREE Writer’s Jungle Webinar

December 10, 4:00 PM ET

Hey hey, ho ho!

I’ve scheduled another “Getting to Know the Writer’s Jungle” webinar and I scheduled it for a Sunday afternoon! YAY! That way I hope many of you can make it live.  I’ll share about each chapter in The Writer’s Jungle and the activities you will do with your children. I’ll also answer your questions—any about writing and language arts you might have!

Get the word out! I won’t be doing another one until much later next year. And yes, there will be a discount offer at the end for Live Attendees (only). 🙂


Look at all the places we can hang out!

2018 Speaking Schedule 

Summer Camp Recap + Prize Winners

Brave Writer Summer Camp Recap

Wow! What a magical two days. We had so much fun with you during our online Summer Camp: Brave Writer Style.

We are so thrilled with the incredible energy you put into your summer camps. I got tickled seeing so many versions of tents, s’mores, face paints, creating indoor picnics, splashing in pools, and hiking through forests.

You know what happened this week? You enchanted the learning atmosphere in your homes both for your kids and for yourselves! Learning was nearly effortless as a result and memories were made. I loved watching all of it unfold.

We had fun giving away prizes too! So without further ado, here are our winners of all the prizes. Thanks for playing!

Here are the winners:

Our GRAND PRIZE winner won the Charlotte Mason Original Homeschool Series republished by Simply Charlotte Mason:

Charlotte Mason Original Homeschool Series

Nicole Hixon!

We’re also tossing in an autographed copy of our Poetry Teatime Companion as well as the DVD set of my best convention talks: Nurturing Brave Writers. So happy for Nicole!

Next, we asked you to post photos to the Instagram #bwcamp hashtag and hundreds of you did!

It was so hard to pick a favorite, but we couldn’t resist this fabulous act of selfcare posing as camping:

2017 Brave Writer Summer Camp Hashtag Winner

Brave Writer training while soaking in a hot tub.

Lindsay Wyllie (lwyllie23)!

Lindsay will receive a set of A Gracious Space books. A Gracious Space is a collection of 50 non-sectarian essays for daily reading intended to help you sustain your brave homeschooling commitment.

And check out more camp photos below.

We also rewarded our live attendees who braved Kirsten Merryman’s Online Class Q&A. Our winner gets to pick an online writing class to try for free!

Brave Writer Students

Congratulations Carisa Zglobicki!

Carisa will have a huge variety of online classes to choose from: everything from Story Switcheroo to Advanced Comp! Brave Writer classes are for kids ages 8 to 18, they require no special software or books, and all our instructors are homeschoolers as well as published authors, as you’ll see in the next prize!

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Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]

Two campers won the book Whatever the Weather by Annie Riechmann and our very own Dawn Suzette Smith.

Whatever the Weather

Jen Dobridge
Audra Lewis

Whatever the Weather includes science experiments and art activities that explore the wonders of weather.

“Let the weather take the lead and never be bored again! Paint in the rain, send kites soaring in the wind, build ice orbs, and become a snowflake scientist—let the wonders of nature inspire your next adventure.” —Amazon

Laying a Path: Annotating literary Elements

Rita Cevasco and Tracy Molitors (Rooted in Language) led our summer camp session that addressed learning challenges, and two attendees won the Annotating Literary Elements Curriculum.

Congrats to Heather Schott and Kendra Rousseau!

“Annotation is a broad concept that can be confusing: What should the reader notice within a story? Which details of a story are worth annotating? How will making notes lead to deeper understanding? This curriculum is full of strategies, taught within multiple lessons. It provides literature for practice, but the strategies can be practiced again and again with other texts throughout the school year and for years to come!”

Plus five ladies won our Brave Camper T-Shirt!

Brave Camper Shirt

Angie Zarzana
Amanda Hohnstreiter
Rebekah Byson
Christy Kafka
Jubilee Carr

Congratulations to all and a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the sessions!

Camp may be over but don’t be a stranger. We love hearing from you and seeing how you implement Brave Writer principles into your homeschools. We’ve got more fun up our sleeves for fall. For instance…well, I can’t tell you yet. It’s a doozy though! Another free romp that is sure to turbo boost the writing life in your house.

Stay tuned for September!

Until then, join me on Facebook Live on Monday at 11:30 AM Eastern and enjoy more summer camp pics below.

2017 Brave Writer Summer Camp Instagram Images
ellarinalindette, mywindycitylife, chantelle_grubbs / marcharme, hsadventuresofawallflower, caffeinated_homeschooler / buttercup2001, saintritagirl, alexson.heather

Reading the Writer’s Jungle

Reading the Writer's Jungle

Brave Writer mom, Jennifer, writes:


Thank you so much for doing the [Writer’s Jungle] webinar. I was not able to participate live, but just finished watching the replay. I have owned a copy of The Writer’s Jungle for years but never got around to reading it or implementing it in our homeschool. Why was I hesitant? What was my fear? As a writer, I totally do all the things that you recommend. But as a teacher, I honestly felt it was too loosey-goosey for my teaching style. I wanted clear instructions to follow. I wanted step-by-step writing assignments. So instead of just doing something…I did nothing. (Ok…not nothing…we regularly do poetry tea time, read alouds, discuss books, observe writing, talk about words, read Shakespeare, watch Shakespeare, but I don’t feel that we write enough. After watching your webinar, perhaps I need to rethink that. 😉 )

One way to make sure I started doing more writing with my 12 year old son was to make myself accountable. I was approached by a couple of mothers in our music co-op about the need for a middle school writing class. After thinking it over, I agreed to put a class together. Next I had to decide what curriculum to use in my class. I pulled out my copy of The Writer’s Jungle and finally started reading it. After going through the first couple of chapters, I skipped to the Appendix where you map out a course of study for each level. This was exactly what I needed and didn’t realize was in there! I was able to easily pull together a semester’s worth of writing assignments and activities. Thank you for including that in the book. I only wished I’d known about it sooner. Hopefully others who watched the webinar won’t wait so long to implement your great ideas.

My class meets for 90 minutes once a week. I have 8 students including my son. We just finished our 4th week. We’re doing the eight week freewrite project. We’ve played the communication game (which they loved). We did limericks and tongue twisters. We did a keen observation exercise. They wrote lovely paragraphs about their pets full of amazing details. We had cupcakes and lemonade and tore apart Jabberwocky just yesterday. My son (and others) have said how much they enjoy the class. It is their favorite thing all week! But I cannot take credit for much of it because the ideas are all coming from your book and your blog. Thank you!

Thanks again for all that you do! What a blessing Brave Writer is to families everywhere.

All my best,

The Writer's Jungle