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Arrow Book Club: December 2019

Arrow Book Club

Need a way to make the busy season less stressful? Have your kids join a Brave Writer book club because we do all the work for you!

Log in to the Brave Writer classroom and find:

  • enthusiastic conversationalists—all reading the same book
  • thought-provoking questions and discussion points
  • exposure to diverse opinions, new friends to be made!
  • a writing coach moderating the discussion and providing activities
  • opportunities to dig deep in the parts of the book that fascinated them

Plus class tuition includes a free copy of the Arrow guide based on the book.

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The selection for our December Arrow Book Club (ages 9-12): The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser! 

This timeless, heartwarming story reads like a classic in a contemporary setting. Set in Harlem, the endearing cast of characters brings this New York neighborhood to life on the page. The five Vanderbeeker kids live in the same neighborhood where their dad grew up. To stay in their beloved brownstone home, they’ve got to convince a landlord they never see to renew their lease. Their hijinks will make you laugh. Their tenderness will make you sigh. Their determination will make you root for them! If you liked the Penderwicks or the Melendys, you’ll adore the Vanderbeekers!

Brave Writer book clubs are a wonderful sneaky way to draw out the writer. They think they’re chatting with new friends online. You know they’re naturally growing writing skills!

Arrow Book Club

Training Tip: Essay Prep

Training Tip: Essay Prep

Here’s the thing. I can teach you the formula for a 5-paragraph essay on a napkin. That’s easy! But because educators often over-emphasize format, other crucial elements of essay writing get overlooked.  

That’s why we created our Essay Prep series. It covers the foundational skills and practices that comprise essay writing—beyond just the number of paragraphs.

Essay Prep: Dynamic Thinking is our revolutionary class that grows your teens into critical thinkers.

Great essays are built from great insight. To generate that insight, teens need to consider multiple points of view simultaneously and dispassionately. Academic discourse requires the writer to know what they think, and why. 

Check out Brave Writer’s Essay Prep series: 

Start with Dynamic Thinking or the one that looks most interesting to you!

You can learn more about our online classes here.

We also invite you to log in to a sample class. Click around, play with our text editor, and read real instructor responses to writing posted in class.

Brave Writer's Essay Prep Classes

The Writer’s Jungle Online SALE

I’m obsessed. Brave Writer turns 20 (twenty years old!) in 2020 (I love all those 20s together!)—which is mind-bending and utterly amazing. 

My kitchen table operation (which is still on the kitchen counter, by the way) has blossomed into a company with over 30 employees and tens of thousands of customers and oodles of products and classes designed to help you and your kids keep writing. 

Thank you! 

Your enthusiasm for what we offer has carried us and inspired us to keep making products and offering classes that support your homeschool life. 

To celebrate the incredible journey we’ve taken together, get ready for a slew of specials rolling out all year long. 

To kick off this grand celebration…

Let’s start by taking $20.00 off of the tuition of the online class that got it all started in January of 2000:

The Writer’s Jungle Online

You wonder where to begin? Begin here. It’s the secret sauce.

Thousands of families have transformed their experience of writing in this class—it’s THE class that flips the switch ON for kids and parents alike.

A sale just for you!

Psst: Brave Writer never lowers tuition for online classes, however…

We are lowering the price for this class for two weeks only as a thank you!

When you sign up for a winter/spring session of The Writer’s Jungle Online, you’ll get $20.00 off of the main tuition AND $20.00 off of each additional student.

Set your calendar alarms

Registration opens Monday December 2 at Noon Eastern.

The sale runs from December 2 – 15, 2019 and only applies to The Writer’s Jungle Online sessions offered in the winter and spring.

We appreciate you. You are doing the good work of raising the next generation who will be articulate, powerful communicators! Thank you!


Our Winter/Spring class schedule for all classes is available to view, too. Find it here!

Happy 20 years to us and to YOU!

Training Tip: Movie Discussion

Movie Discussion Training Tip

If you’re looking for a welcoming entry point for a reluctant writer, discussing movies is a good place to start!

Talking about a film helps students

  • articulate a position,
  • develop insight and
  • find their inner writing voice. 

All needed skills in academic writing!

For movie suggestions, check out Brave Writer’s Movie Master List (click on the titles for discussion questions!). And here’s a training tip to help get the conversation rolling:

Training Tip: Movie Discussion

Need more support?

Brave Writer’s Movie Discussion Club gives students a place to jump online and type out their thoughts and opinions on pop culture. They’re having a blast—meanwhile, they are building academic writing skills.

There are no essays or writing assignments in our movie club. They will write, naturally, as they post their thoughts and responses in our online classroom. But since none of their writing will be revised, polished, or graded, your kids will have the chance to explore their thinking using written language, without the pressure to “perform.”

Learn more about our online classes here.

We also invite you to log in to a sample class. Click around, play with our text editor, and read real instructor responses to writing posted in class.

Brave Writer Movie Discussion Club

Boomerang Book Club: November 2019

Boomerang Book Club November 2019

Teens discuss movies enthusiastically all the time—there’s no reason why they can’t do this with books too! It’s not a new skill, just a transfer of skill.

Brave Writer’s online Boomerang Book Club (ages 13-18) gives students opportunities to figure out what they think and vocalize their thoughts!

We allow your students to feel the sweet thrill of Strong Opinion and Clever Insight. Teens can express their thoughts about what they read and experience the kind support and enthusiasm of a writing coach and fellow homeschool readers.


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November’s Boomerang Book Club selection: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Originally published in 1968, this fantasy novel has influenced many authors since. Follow a young village boy with an aptitude for the magical arts as his youth and a thirst for power lead him to unleash a terrible shadow into the world. Through trials and tribulations, he learns about the nature of power and mortality. Along the way, he masters the words of power, tames an ancient dragon, and restores balance by crossing the threshold of death.

Purchase the novel here.


Our Boomerang Book Club is a wonderful sneaky way to draw out the writer. Teens feel like they are talking not writing— even though they are!

Boomerang Book Club