Developing Writing Skills Without Fear

Brave Writer Online Classes

Here’s the next installment of our ongoing series where we share testimonies of some who’ve been transformed by their online class experience with Brave Writer. Enjoy!

Brave Writer parent, Jennifer, writes:

What class(es) are you giving feedback on today?

Book/Movie Duo and Literary Analysis

Tell us a bit about your student.

Kellan – 18 – hiking, skiing, travel, outdoor adventure, watching movies.

Rosie – 14 – reading, martial arts, playing tuba, watching movies, arts and crafts.

Tell us a bit about you.

This is our 12th year of homeschooling – I love playing games, reading, movies, traveling, hiking, cycling, crafts, yoga, and anything that makes me laugh.

When your student entered our class, how would you describe your student as a writer? Were there ongoing writing challenges?

Kellan was a confident writer. He has incredible thoughts to share but still needs some guidance on how to do so in an academic setting. He had never done a literary analysis before his most recent class. He struggles with spelling, punctuation, and grammar so Brave Writer is such a wonderful place for him to develop his writing skills without fear of constant judgement and criticism about those technical areas.

Rosie is a very talented writer but has been crippled by a lack of self confidence prior to this class. Even in other Brave Writer classes she only minimally engaged and shared a fraction of what she had to say about a topic.

What prompted you to try a Brave Writer class?

My kids have been taking Brave Writer classes since we learned about them a few years ago because they are so incredibly supportive and rich with content. I also wanted my teens to get to have a high quality break from me with some subjects and Brave Writer is a resource that I trust 100% and I know will be worth every penny.

What was your experience with the class(es)?

Kellan’s literary analysis class on Born a Crime was incredible. He really dug into many aspects of the book that I’m not sure he would have noticed had he not been asked to look for them. He had fantastic insights and made amazing connections between things he has learned in his history class and the book. I was so impressed with the quality of the discussions and assignments. It all really pulled the best out of Kellan.

Rosie’s class was the Harry Potter book/movie duo. The class and instructor couldn’t have been more perfect for her. She has been such a reluctant (but talented) writer for several years now and this course/instructor  helped to build her confidence A TON. The fact that she was able to take an academic class about one of her passions (Harry Potter) was so amazing.  I know the Brave Writer training is impeccable but I really want to highlight what a kind and supportive instructor she had. She learned so much from her and the class and is excited (for the first time) to be taking several more writing classes in the winter and spring. Her only disappointment is that she is only on the upcoming schedule for Arrow Book Clubs (she is too old) but I promised her we would look for her again in the future. I’m pretty sure she will sign up for anything she is teaching, regardless of her interests.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I really liked that in both of their classes they were assigned to comment on another student’s writing. This is something that I know you have encouraged in the past but I could never get my kids to do it. Kellan was just being lazy – he isn’t going to do anything that he isn’t assigned unless it really lights a spark in him. Rosie was way too self-conscious to talk to another kid about their writing. So, for both of them, having it assigned was very beneficial. Neither complained at all about doing it and got the benefit of interacting with other students’ writing.

Finally, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate Brave Writer for the quality of classes and instructors you offer. And with 12 years of homeschooling under my belt, we’ve tried a lot of programs and resources. Brave Writer is the cream of the crop!

Brave Writer Online Classes

2021 Fall Class Registration is OPEN

Brave Writer Online Classes

Brave Writer Fall Writing Classes
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In one course he has moved from being my most writing-resistant child to publicly announcing his love of writing and choosing to do it in his free time. -Teresa

Brave Writer is the leader in online writing classes.

And we are unique in the world of writing instruction.

All Brave Writer classes:

  • center the parent-child relationship
  • last only 3-6 weeks—short deep dives ideal for writing
  • operate asynchronously—no fixed time to be online
  • feature deep instructor feedback that affirms writers and grows writing
  • motivate writers to pursue topics of passion

We’ve taught thousands of students (home and traditionally schooled).

Our team of trained instructors can’t wait to coach your kids…and you!

You can trust us: we’ve worked with every possible kind of student from language-impaired to fluent storyteller to the “I hate writing” variety. In each case, we unlock the riches of your child’s mind-life, helping that particular genius make it to the page. 

Try a class this fall!

If you still have questions about which class is right for your child, we invite you to send an email to our Help Desk. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be glad to give you suggestions that are just right for your family!

Friday Freewrite: Three Words

Friday Freewrite

Use these words in a story: bus, banana, Batman.

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.

Brave Writer Office Hours

Brave Writer Office Hours

Have questions? Wish you had access to a Brave Writer staff member for personal help?

We’ve got you covered!

Come to our open office hours with our expert team members. All you have to do is click on the Zoom link below to have a chat with Dawn, Kirsten, or Jeanne! They will help you make good selections, show you how to use your products or help you select the right classes for your family.

The schedule:

Products with Dawn
Thursday July 22, 1:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Zoom Link

Online Classes with Kirsten
Friday July 23, 1:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Zoom Link

Brave Learner Home with Jeanne
Tuesday July 27, 1:00 – 3:00 PM ET
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Pop in and get your questions answered! 

Educators, Not Curriculum Implementers

4th R Relationship

Ah the allure of an “open and go” program. It would be so magical if the materials would teach themselves so we could spend more time scrolling through Instagram or organizing the shoe tree. I jest!

When I signed up to be a homeschool parent, I chose this life because I wanted to be the one who saw the lights go on—the first page read, the wide-eyed questions about history, the laughter over limericks. I really really really wanted that, in the same way I wanted to be the one who saw my kids take a first step or say a first word or score a first goal on the lacrosse field.

The HOURS I put into helping my kids achieve those goals? Uncountable. I must have babbled thousands of words at my baby before he finally blurted “nana” and my whole inner being burst into streamers and fireworks. The first time Liam scored a lacrosse goal, I wept. We had tossed that ball stick to stick bazillions of times. No manual could substitute for my body—thrust smack dab into the relationship with my child—talking, moving, practicing, explaining, supporting, nurturing, feeding, washing, admiring, chiding, trying again…

We know this about parenting. Why don’t we know it about education?

‘Open and go’ is to education what a parenting manual handed to a ten year old is to mothering (or fathering). It’s a myth!

Learning comes through the 4th R: Relationship.

Relationships may be improved through what you learn from manuals (same thing for education and curriculum). But the manual or workbook alone doesn’t get the job done, nor do they do so in a way that leads to that sobbing mess you want to be when the lights in their magical minds flip on!

Find tools that are “open and grow”—that help you be a better parent-educator, that show you how to be the best version of yourself in that subject area for your child.

I mean, truth is: I had never played lacrosse. I learned. For my kid.

You’re an educator, not a curriculum implementer. Get it?

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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