Friday Freewrite: Other Side of the Door

Friday Freewrite

Finish this story: It was an ordinary morning when I heard a loud knock. After opening the front door, I gasped. There, only a few feet away, was…

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Call for Writing Coaches 2021

Brave Writer Coaches

Brave Writer is hiring!

We’re looking for people from diverse backgrounds to join our creative and talented team of writing coaches

Brave Writer is passionate about alternative education and serving families from diverse communities. If you share this passion and would like to supplement your income with part-time work from home, consider working with us!

Job Description

Brave Writer offers online courses to help students (mostly homeschooled) progress as academic and creative writers. We offer asynchronous courses (in writing, no video) to teach parents and children how to find the ideas within and express them with clear and compelling prose. 

Our writing classes are conducted online in our private classroom. Read about how they work. For a quick introduction to Brave Writer’s approach to writing in general, click here

Job Requirements

On your application, you’ll share details in the following areas.

1. Experience with Alternative Education

We’re looking for candidates with approximately three years of experience in instruction using an alternative education model: homeschool, pod school, Montessori, Waldorf, experimental education, special needs program, or other!

2. Writing You’ve Published

Publishing credits in any of the following venues are necessary:

  • Magazine articles
  • Books
  • Active blog with a readership
  • 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. Experience with Underrepresented Communities

In order to serve our increasingly diverse student body, we’re looking for instructors who have experience working with underrepresented communities. This experience can be at a personal or community level.

How to Apply

  • To be notified when our application opens on September 27, you can drop your email address here. The application window closes at midnight ET on October 8, 2021.
  • On your application, you will be asked to include:
    • Resumé (please include any experience coaching writing)
    • Level of education completed (high school, college, graduate school—whatever you have)
    • Alternative education experience
    • Publishing credits
    • Experience with underrepresented communities
    • A writing sample that showcases your writing voice (700-800 words)
    • Responses to sample student writing and parent concerns
  • We’ll hold interviews in October and will offer provisional employment to selected candidates by November 5, 2021.
  • New employees will attend our asynchronous online training (paid, 2-4 hours daily time commitment) on November 8-19, 2021. This training is mandatory.

All employment-related questions should be directed to Kirsten Merryman kmerryman@bravewriter.com.

Let us know of your interest by filling out our form. Click below! 

Interest Form


Brave Writer Employment Policy

Brave Writer is an equal opportunity employer. Brave Writer is committed to extending equal opportunity in employment to all qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community. Brave Writer encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable local, state or federal laws. Hiring is contingent on access to reliable Internet.


We look forward to hearing from you!


Why Do We Educate Our Kids?

How Do We Educate Our Kids

Homeschooling is a performance of love between family members over a sustained, daily, intimate period of years, led by a parent who puts relationship ahead of books.

At the heart of it all: relationship.

Why do we educate our kids? So they will build better relationships—with the subjects they study, with the people they meet, with the values they curate. All of it starts with their relationship to you.

What is love in the homeschool?

What is the life-giving relationship they develop with you?

In my experience, I see it like this:

  • Mutual admiration
  • Curiosity about each person’s interests
  • Celebration of what makes that person unique
  • Good meal time conversations
  • Games
  • Generous hugs and kisses and hand holding
  • A laughing out loud sense of humor
  • Patience. Patience. Patience.
  • Respect for each person’s point of view
  • Enjoying each other’s company
  • Letting the little and big things go
  • Freely offered apologies
  • Reading books and watching movies together
  • Believing the best

You do a few of those each day and you’ll find that love blooms between you. There are years where patience is your best method of loving and learning. Remember that when it gets a little tough. Believing the best can help you.

Sending love and heart to you this day!


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


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Friday Freewrite: If Cats Ruled

Friday Freewrite

If cats ruled the world, what laws would they make for humans? (And feel free to pick a different creature than cats, like skunks or bluebirds or ants, etc.)

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Brave Learner Home: October 2021

How do we get our kids to do what we want them to do? What we need them to do? 

To homeschool well, don’t we need a certain number of problems in math, at least a minimal amount of reading each day, and a bit of writing, so we’ll have papers that show their progress? Let’s throw in piano practice, too!

Why is it so hard to get them to do it?

Getting our kids to meet our expectations feels so important in homeschooling! Yet what we often get from them is their reluctance and resistance—mixed in with our own resentment. This is not how we thought homeschooling would look or feel! 

So let’s flip the script and ask instead: What lies beneath our kids’ behavior? 

The secret to answering that question? Considering your child’s perspective! And that’s a powerful way to transform the daily life of your homeschool. 

Your Child’s Perspective!

In our Brave Learner Home Master Class in October, we’ll read parts of Alfie Kohn’s Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason. This will give us a jumping off point to explore ideas for working with our children rather than doing things to them.

Exploring your child’s perspective will help you understand them better, so they can learn more!

Join us for our October Master Class webinar in Brave Learner Home:

  • Your Child’s Perspective – Webinar with Julie Bogart
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7 pm ET

“How we feel about our kids isn’t as important as how they experience those feelings and how they regard the way we treat them.” ― Alfie Kohn


Check out the ways to sign up for a FREE Lifetime Membership to the Brave Learner Home. Join me for our webinar October 20 to learn more about the power of considering your child’s perspective! 


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