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The Hype is Real

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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, Rebekah, writes:

I can NOT recommend the Brave Writer classes enough if you have a reluctant writer.

We signed Zoë up for the Middle School Writing Projects class a few weeks ago. In her intro she said “I hate writing but my mom is making me do this” and last night, after reading feedback from the teacher, she asked “can I take another one of these classes?”

So yes, the hype is real. It worked for us and may be the best money I’ve ever spent.

Does she miraculously now love writing? No, but she has worked hard and I can’t even believe the talent she’s been hiding that I’ve been trying to pull out of her.

Just wanted to share in case you are in the same boat!

Brave Writer Online Classes

“Exactly what I was looking for.”

Brave Writer MSWP Caitlyn

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, Caitlyn, writes:

What class are you giving feedback on today?

Middle School Writing Projects

Tell us a bit about your student.

Isabelle was 11. Very social, lots of friends, obsessed with reading. Had read entire Harry Potter series, lots of Nancy Drew, boxcar children, Pegasus series, Valkyrie series, keeper of the lost cities series, Dune, The Hunger Games, the maze runner series, the Grimm sisters books, the giver, any and everything dystopian (age appropriate), I don’t even know how many books/what she’s read. She also started running with my last year.

She is a classic oldest child, very capable, responsible, and a high achiever. She’s incredibly organized, and keeps track of everything in her planner! She’s now a pro at google docs as well, and since the class I often find several pages long essays saved in there! She has learned some Russian & mandarin on Rosetta Stone, as well as some coding through scratch & khan academy.

She was born during winter break, our second year of law school. In utero she attended lectures by Justice Scalia, and when she was a few months old she attended 1 Art Law lecture. She’s now 5’4” and will turn 12 in December!

Tell us a bit about you.

Isabelle has been homeschooled since kindergarten (2012). We take lots of fieldtrips and are members of 15 or so local homeschooling groups.

Personally, my husband and I are both licensed California attorneys. We are high school sweethearts. I work in the evenings as a legal writer/copywriter. I am currently training for my first marathon, and the kids “run” with me (scooter) every Monday for PE. I read lots of non fiction and drive my kids all over the Bay Area for ballet, soccer, baseball, Hebrew school, piano, violin, park day, field trips, book club, etc! I order my groceries online through amazon bc that’s unimaginably better than braving the store with these 5 tornadoes!

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

I think she had it in her, but it seemed intimidating. I didn’t know how to bridge getting it out of her without it seeming inauthentic. The writer’s jungle didn’t work bc she was too old, and I had too many other kids to do all the things properly.

What prompted you to try a Brave Writer class?

My friend is obsessed with BW, and she gave me very helpful feedback about the Middle School Writing Project class in particular.

What was your experience with the class?

It was exactly what I was looking for. There was a high level of engagement, tons of feedback from the teacher to my daughter, social interaction with other kids through the forum, tons of scaffolding in teaching structure, and open line of communication between the teacher and the parent. (Sorry that’s a run on lol)

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I highly, highly recommend this class, and I plan to have my younger daughter take the class this summer!

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!

2021 Fall Writing Class Schedule

Brave Writer Online Classes

Fall Class Registration opens Monday, July 26, at 12:00 PM ET!

We have an incredible lineup of online writing classes for you and your kids. 

Plan to join us, if you want a turbo boost of energy for your fall! We offer more than 60 classes during the fall! Take a look!

Brave Writer classes are PERFECT for your family.

  • Flexibility. In our classes, you’ll find
    • Time—no need to type quickly in the text box while a teacher is talking
    • Room—no pressure to jump on the microphone as a live teacher puts you on the spot
    • Freedom—log in to our classroom when it’s YOUR best time
  • Individualized instruction. Each student receives feedback tailored to their personality, abilities, and imagination with every assignment.
  • Training for parents. You’ve chosen to homeschool because you want to support your kids. We’ll teach you how!
  • Instructors who have homeschooled. Our Brave Writer team has both homeschooled or been homeschooled and they are professional writers!
  • 3-6 week deep dives into writing. Our classes are short, so you can devote more time to them. And the entire class is in writing. Writing is the vehicle for learning to write. 
  • Workshop-style classrooms. We prioritize making our spaces welcoming for all communities, like your favorite local writer’s workshop.

2021 Fall Writing Class Schedule

Parents agree: no one does it like Brave Writer!

“In one course [my son] 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.” 

“Brave Writer way is a kinder, gentler, much improved way to learn writing…” 

“I’m always positive about my son’s writing, but it meant so much to him to get feedback from someone other than me. It cheered him up and motivated him to write more, and what more could I want?” 

“This was a low stakes way to think and write about deep topics and themes.”

“Week three was that moment….the one where she showed up and handed me her assignment completed by herself…and with the best organization and thinking she has ever done on her own!!!! I excused myself and cried tears of joy…she did it!”

Learn more about how our online class program works and why it is truly innovative!

Test drive a class in our sample classroom. Class assignments with real instructor feedback are here!