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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!

Movie Wednesday: Back to the Future

Movie Wednesday Back to the Future

by Amy Frantz, Brave Writer alum

Marty McFly is a normal ’80s teenager with normal boring parents and normal concerns like girls, school, and being in a rock band. Marty worries that, like his father, he won’t ever amount to anything because he’s afraid to be rejected. But one day Marty receives a call from his mentor, the eccentric Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, who claims to have unlocked the secret to time travel. Doc has transformed a car into a time machine! But Doc’s experiment goes awry with the arrival of some unexpected consequences and Marty is accidentally flung back in time to the 1950s where he encounters his own parents as teenagers. When Marty accidentally interferes with his parents’ past, his own future begins to disappear. He must team up with a younger Doc to fix time, make his parents fall in love, and get himself…back to the future!

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Back to the Future was released in 1985 and was an immediate box office hit. Produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Robert Zemeckis, and starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, Back to the Future launched a beloved franchise and is still considered a staple of science fiction today.

The sets for the film were built on a Universal back lot. The ’50s sets were built first so that the crew could then age them for the sequences in the ’80s. A lot of research was done for the ’50s pieces. At the time, not many films were being set in the ’50s because it was considered “too recent,” a sentiment which seems pretty hard to comprehend now in the 21st century. For modern context, if the film were remade now about a teenager living in 2018, the sequences set back in time would be set in 1988 (which is pretty close to when the film was actually made)!

The DeLorean that Doc converts into a time machine is perhaps one of the most iconic images from ’80s science fiction. The design team even used air plane parts for the unique interior. It’s hard to imagine the story without it, but at one point the time machine was going to be refrigerator!

Originally, a different actor was cast in the leading role of Marty McFly even though Michael J. Fox was the filmmakers’ first choice. When Fox eventually took on the role, he had to work a grueling schedule because he was also filming a television series during the same time that Back to the Future was in production. As a result he got very little sleep and had to film later in the day to accommodate his TV schedule, which you might never know to watch his high energy performance in the finished product.

A note to parents: Although Back to the Future is rated PG, it does contain more mature themes than you might find in a PG film today. We recommend looking up the film on websites such as Common Sense Media before deciding if it is right for your family.

Discussion Questions

  • “I was never like that when I was your age!” various adults around Marty, including his mom, exclaim. But when Marty goes back in time, he discovers that his own mother didn’t behave all that differently from the teenagers Marty knows. What might the film be trying to say about the way time changes people and their own recollections of themselves?
  • Great Scott, it’s a paradox! Back to the Future plays with several time travel paradoxes. One of them is the bootstrap paradox (example: you’re a time traveler and you decide to take a copy of your favorite work of classic literature back in time to have the author sign it. But when you get there, you discover that the author does not exist! There’s no one to write your favorite book! So, you copy out the book and publish it under the author’s name, so that it can still exist. But wait! Who originally wrote that book?). How many instances of this paradox can you find in the film?
  • How do you think you would react if you went back in time and met your parents when they were your age?
  • Some aspects of Back to the Future haven’t aged well, for instance some of the racial stereotypes and gender norms included in the film. Did you notice anything that you didn’t agree with? Explain your answer.

Additional Resources

Make Your Own Flux Capacitor

Movie Discussion Club

Call for Writing Coaches 2018

Call for Writing Coaches 2018

Brave Writer is growing again!

We’re looking for women and men from diverse backgrounds to join our creative, passionate, talented Brave Writer team of writing coaches.

Brave Writer writing classes are conducted online on our website. Read about how they work here.

  • Fill out the application linked below (it’s time sensitive, so be sure to mark your calendars!).
  • We’ll invite qualified candidates to an interview and then to our two-week training (mandatory).
  • We’ll select our new coaches from the pool of candidates who complete the training successfully.
  • Qualified writing coaches who complete the training will be invited to teach for Brave Writer as the need arises over the course of the next 12-18 months. We expect to expand our offerings.

If you or a friend (or a spouse!) would like to supplement the family income and have writing and homeschooling skills, consider working with us! Brave Writer coaches work part-time from home. Hours and scheduling are flexible. Pay is based on class type.

Our requirements are straightforward and critical to our success.


1. Homeschool Experience

You must have homeschooled your kids or have been homeschooled yourself for at least 3 years.

2. Publishing

Publishing credits in any of the following venues are necessary:

  • magazine articles
  • book(s)
  • an active blog with a readership
  • a community newsletter (homeschooling, religious community, affinity group, etc.)
  • letters to the editor or editorials
  • you tell us! (There are lots of ways to be published today.)

3. Online presence

You need to have a warm, engaging online presence that is evident from online conversations you link for us to read. Be sure that you send links to public conversations. We can’t read your private Facebook or Instagram accounts. We need to be able to see how you relate online because that’s what teaching for Brave Writer is all about!

4. Excellent writing skills

We’re looking for people who write with clarity and ease using accurate grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

5. Creativity

You need to be a creative person who can problem-solve and foster imaginative solutions to writing dilemmas. We’ll train you in our method, but it helps if you already have a knack for revision, or expanding writing content.

6. Knowledge of academic writing forms and literature

Not required, but helpful.

In addition to needing instructors for our core classes for children ages 8-13, we also have a need for instructors who can teach high school writing forms—college prep writing.

Brave Writer staff

Who wouldn’t want to work with this great team?

Follow these submission directions

Please use the form (will be provided here on April 23rd) to apply (emails will NOT be accepted). The form will be open for a 48-hour window on April 23-24, 2018. The form will close at midnight EDT on April 24. This gives you time to update your resumé and prepare your writing sample before you apply.

You will share this information:

  • name, phone number, email address, and where you currently live
  • degrees (high school, college, graduate school – whatever you have)
  • homeschool experience
  • publishing credits
  • online presence
  • familiarity with Brave Writer products
  • information about you and why you’d like to work for Brave Writer

You also must attach:

  • a writing sample that showcases your writing voice (700-800 words)
  • your resumé (please include any experience teaching writing)

We will conduct interviews via webcast software and invite select candidates to complete our writing instructor training (conducted online asynchronously, no specific daily login time): July 9 – 20 of 2018. The training is required of all qualifying candidates: no exceptions. There is no invitation to work for Brave Writer until completion of training.

Even if you are not invited to teach with us, the online training is valuable to your own homeschool and any co-op community where you might teach.

Once you’ve submitted your application, you will receive an email receipt as confirmation. We will contact you by May 7 to thank you for your application or to ask you to continue in the process. Select interviews will be offered by the end of May.

Invitations to our Brave Writer writing coach training will be extended before June 30, 2018, after we complete the interview process.

The training will be held online July 9 – 20 of 2018.
It is mandatory for anyone who wants to work for us.

Have questions? Watch this video on YouTube!

This video was created for our last round of hiring, but is still full of helpful information. Note that the dates mentioned don’t correspond to this hiring call, and that our class that was called Kidswrite Basic is now called The Writer’s Jungle Online.

All other employment related questions must be directed to Paula Horton:

Bookmark this page!

The APPLICATION LINK will be added here APRIL 23

starting April 23, 2018
Application deadline: April 24 midnight EDT

We look forward to hearing from you AND your friends!

Brave Writer Podcast: Back to Homeschool

BW Podcast Back to Homeschool

Let’s talk about hominess in homeschool, and how you can you help your kids stay on task, while still experience the peace and comfort that home provides all of us.

Today’s podcast shares ways to move from the playfulness of summer to fall, when home educators sometimes feel more pressure to make their children learn. Even if it’s not summer where you are (April is Autumn for those down under) these practices can be applied at any time of the year!

At Brave Writer, we steadfastly resist images of yellow #2 pencils, school buses, and apples because we are not bringing school into our families. We want to reinforce the properties of home, as opposed to reinforcing the qualities of a faux school.

Home is about relaxing; letting go of obligation and pressure. It’s the place you get to show up as yourself – and when we mix in the properties of school, we’re actually violating that sense of hominess.


Think about the things that bring comfort into your life, and your children’s life – a snack, a foot rub, someone holding your hand – and invite them into your home. Here are just a few of our ideas:

  • A small, decorative teapot for each of your children (which also lets them choose their preferred beverage at Poetry Teatime)
  • All kinds of candles. Kids love candles, and they can really change the mood in a room.
  • Make your workspace pretty and invite a little bit of enchantment by adding something new and unexpected: colored pens, different colored paper, or even a family shoulder rub train. You have jurisdiction over your space!

Triangle in Help

If you have two or three children, it’s possible to offer each one a fair amount of devotion and energy throughout the day. However, if you have five, seven, nine, or even more children, it’s just not possible to provide that same level of devotion and energy.

You will need to triangle in on some help. You will need online classes, co-ops, part-time enrollment, or maybe even some children in school. Your children deserve a rich academic life, and you may not be able to offer that, alone, to 11 children at 11 different levels. Having children was our choice, so we need to take responsibility for that by helping them get what they need.

Don’t feel robbed if your children learn without you – you are creating an environment for learning to take place. You don’t have to be the person who makes the spark happen! You can put out the firewood and kindling, and they might get their own flint going.

Would you post a review on iTunes for us please (here’s a handy guide)?
Help a homeschooler like you find more joy in the journey. Thanks!

Friday Freewrite: One Food

Friday Freewrite One Food

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you pick and why?

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.