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Natural Stages of Growth in Writing

It's easy to find the right fit with Brave Writer. Below is a bar, organized according to the ages of your children. Click on the right age range and beneath it you will find a brief description of the Brave Writer "Natural Stage of Growth in Writing" that goes with the selected age range.

If the description seems either too advanced or too easy for your child, consider moving up or down one age bracket to find a good fit. Do not be governed by the age range. Focus instead on the description and match it to your child.

Beneath the stage of growth description you'll find two columns. The first column lists products designed for you to use independently at home. The second column lists Brave Writer online classes that provide instructor guidance and feedback. Select the products and/or classes that fit your family and budget.

Read more about how Brave Writer can help you and your child…

Jot it Down! ages 5-8

The Jot It Down! stage: The beginning. Your child speaks, and you act as secretary, transcribing your child's words. Your child sings songs, enjoys rhymes and being read to, is eager to tell you little narratives or factual trivia. Your Jot It Down! children may write using their own "language" or may attempt to create their own phonetic version of words.

Characteristics

  • Learning to read, handwrite, and spell
  • Freely shares little stories and experiences
  • Is blocked when trying to handwrite original thoughts
  • Original writing doesn't reflect sophistication of speech

For a more detailed look at this stage of growth in writing, listen to Julie talk about it on her podcast:
Jot It Down!.

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A Quiver of Arrows

A Quiver of Arrows is designed for 1st and 2nd grades. The Quiver of Arrows is comprised of ten digital literature guides which are similar to the Arrow, but written for a younger set.

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Jot it Down

The Jot It Down! program is a 10-month writing plan, meant to complement what you learn in The Writer’s Jungle. This is the product that plans monthly writing projects for you, with step-by-step instructions and a weekly schedule to carry them out. Jot It Down! is designed for your youngest writers: 5-8 years old.

The Jot It Down! program comes as a digital download and can be purchased alone or in packages.

Prices starting at $39.95.

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The Wand

The Wand is a language arts program that guides development in reading, spelling, punctuation, and grammar using living literature and readers for children ages 5-8.

The Wand is divided into 10 month-long installments. These can be purchased all at once or by level.

Price range: $49.95 - $129.00.

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The Writer's Jungle

The Writer's Jungle is designed to teach the homeschooling parent how to teach writing, and is the centerpiece of the Brave Writer program.

The results? An activated writing voice, and a nurturing tear-free relationship with you, the parent-editor-coach-and-ally.

The Writer's Jungle works for all students, any age.

This liberating, powerful home-study course comes in a binder format, or as a digital download.

Packages range from $79.00 - $149.00.

Learn More

Fall Movie Discussion Club

Movie Discussion Clubs are a chance to expose your children to the literature of film! These classes teach students to discuss movies using appropriate cinematic language for analysis, while also teaching them about the nature of plot, characterization, setting and more. Appropriate for children between 10 and 18, depending on the films offered.

$99.00 per student or $199.00 per family

  • 5-8
  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Child is Student
  • High School

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Partnership Writing ages 9-10

The Partnership Writing stage: The most overlooked stage of development in the continuum. Your child shows growing proficiency in handwriting, reading, and spelling, but still finds the hard work of transcription tiring if asked to write for more than a few minutes. Original writing does not reflect the child's verbal fluency. This is the stage where parent and child write together, with the parent providing the much-needed support to get those precious, quirky insights to the page.

Characteristics

  • Child can write a sentence or a few words at a time, but tires easily.
  • Child needs help with spelling, punctuation, and getting rich vocabulary to the page.
  • Child shows interest in using a pencil or keyboard, but not ready to "go it alone."
  • Needs modeling for how to take thoughts and help them travel down an arm to the page.

For a more detailed look at this stage of growth in writing, listen to Julie talk about it on her podcast:
Partnership Writing

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Partnership Writing

The Partnership Writing program is a 10-month writing plan, meant to complement what you learn in The Writer’s Jungle. This is the product that plans monthly writing projects for you, with step-by-step instructions and a weekly schedule to carry them out. Partnership Writing is designed for for 9-10 years old.

The Partnership Writing program comes as a digital download and can be purchased alone or in packages.

Prices starting at $49.95.

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The Arrow

The Arrow is a language arts program that provides support for development in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and literary elements using living literature for children ages 8-12.

The Arrow is a digital download that gives one month's worth of instruction at a time.

It can be purchased as a monthly subscription, or you can order all 10 issues at once.

Monthly price: $9.95
Year-Long (10 issues): $79.00

Or you may select from our wide range of single issues for a la carte options.

Learn More

The Writer's Jungle

The Writer's Jungle is designed to teach the homeschooling parent how to teach writing, and is the centerpiece of the Brave Writer program.

The results? An activated writing voice, and a nurturing tear-free relationship with you, the parent-editor-coach-and-ally.

The Writer's Jungle works for all students, any age.

This liberating, powerful home-study course comes in a binder format, or as a digital download.

Packages range from $79.00 - $149.00.

Learn More

Fall Movie Discussion Club

Movie Discussion Clubs are a chance to expose your children to the literature of film! These classes teach students to discuss movies using appropriate cinematic language for analysis, while also teaching them about the nature of plot, characterization, setting and more. Appropriate for children between 10 and 18, depending on the films offered.

$99.00 per student or $199.00 per family

  • 5-8
  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Child is Student
  • High School

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Groovy Grammar Workshop

The Groovy Grammar Workshop empowers parents to implement a natural approach to teaching grammar. This workshop stands the whole concept of grammar on its head. Rather than studying terminology and dissecting sentences, students are encouraged to play with language, to explore how words bump up against each other and generate meaning.

$199.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Just So Stories

The Just So Stories course exposes kids to the classic animal tales in Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories. Brave Writer techniques such as list-making, freewriting, revision strategies, and editing are all used in this new context of story-writing.

$199.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12

25 students

  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Kidswrite Basic

Kidswrite Basic is the online version of the first 9 chapters of The Writer's Jungle. It offers an environment where you receive support, modeling, and gentle accountability to complete the processes described in the manual.

$199.00 for the first child; $99.00 for each add’l child

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14

25 families

  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Middle School Writing Projects

Middle School Writing Projects is designed to help turn your children’s non-fiction knowledge and personal experiences into meaningful writing projects.

$199.00

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14

25 students per session

  • Child is Student

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Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling provides an introduction and exploration of how to record observations of the natural world in word and art. Each student's journal will offer the opportunity to experience connection with the natural world.

$219.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Playing with Poetry Workshop

Playing with Poetry is a class that gets the entire family writing a variety of poems for four weeks. It’s a great way to get rolling with Brave Writer and involves everyone.

$199.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

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Shakespeare Family Workshop

The Shakespeare Family Workshop introduces your family to the world of the Bard! This hands-on five week workshop is great for all kinds of learners.

$199.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Write for Fun 1

Write for Fun 1 is a three-week class designed for 5th - 8th grades that is meant to enrich your student's writing experiences, and to help them expand their tool kit of writing prompts and activities to be used in any writing endeavor! Any student is welcome.

$149.00 per student

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • Child is Student

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Write for Fun 2

Write for Fun 2 is a three-week class designed for 5th - 8th grades that is meant to enrich your student's writing experiences, and to help them expand their tool kit of writing prompts and activities to be used in any writing endeavor! Write for Fun 1 is not a pre-requisite.

$149.00 per student

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • Child is Student

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Writing a Greek Myth

The Greek Myths course is perfect for children 9-14 years old. This class is designed for students to work directly with a Brave Writer instructor (parental involvement not required). Once your kids have explored the essential themes in a traditional Greek myth, they’ll have a chance to create their own.

$199.00 per student

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14

25 students

  • Child is Student

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Faltering Ownership ages 11-12

The Faltering Ownership stage: The stop and start stage of writing. One day the student gets a detailed story to paper. The next week, she complains that she hates writing. Students show bursts of growth, pencil management, keyboarding skills, some spelling triumphs mixed with obvious errors, variable punctuation, moments of brilliance, and paragraphs of insipidity. Pride in successful writing experiences alternate with struggle.

The Faltering Ownerhip stage of development toggles between The Arrow and The Boomerang for language arts. Choose the tool based on book titles, taking into account your child's reading and comprehension level as well as interest. You only need one of the two year long programs, or you might like selecting a mixture of titles from the Already Published Issues of The Arrow and The Boomerang.

Characteristics

  • Student tires quickly, but can get some writing to the page without help from the parent.
  • Student takes pride in his work and wants to improve it or share it.
  • Student doesn't retain correct spellings even after "learning" them.
  • Student needs support, shows some independence, but also resists input from parent-editor.

For a more detailed look at this stage of growth in writing, listen to Julie talk about it on her podcast:
Faltering Ownership

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A Pouch of Boomerangs

A Pouch of Boomerangs is designed for 6th-7th grades. The Pouch of Boomerangs is comprised of ten digital literature guides which are similar to the Boomerang, but written for the middle school set. You will receive all ten issues at once.

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Faltering Ownership

Faltering Ownership is the Writing Projects Guide for middlers (11-12 year olds). It includes 12 month-long writing projects and one semester-length report + party plan.

Prices starting at $79.00

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The Arrow

The Arrow is a language arts program that provides support for development in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and literary elements using living literature for children ages 8-12.

The Arrow is a digital download that gives one month's worth of instruction at a time.

It can be purchased as a monthly subscription, or you can order all 10 issues at once.

Monthly price: $9.95
Year-Long (10 issues): $79.00

Or you may select from our wide range of single issues for a la carte options.

Learn More

The Boomerang

The Boomerang is a language arts program that provides support for development in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and literary elements using living literature for teens ages 12-16.

The Boomerang is a digital download that gives one month's worth of instruction at a time.

It can be purchased as a monthly subscription, or you can order all 10 issues at once.

Monthly price: $11.95
Year-Long (10 issues): $99.00

Or you may select from our wide range of single issues for a la carte options.

Learn More

The Writer's Jungle

The Writer's Jungle is designed to teach the homeschooling parent how to teach writing, and is the centerpiece of the Brave Writer program.

The results? An activated writing voice, and a nurturing tear-free relationship with you, the parent-editor-coach-and-ally.

The Writer's Jungle works for all students, any age.

This liberating, powerful home-study course comes in a binder format, or as a digital download.

Packages range from $79.00 - $149.00.

Learn More

Arrow Book Club

Five Months $230.00; Individual Month $49.00/mth

  • 11-12
  • 13-14

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Boomerang Book Club

Year Long $450.00 August 2015 - May 2016; Semester $230.00 August 2015 - December 2015 & January 2016 - May 2016; Individual Month $49.00/mth

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Child is Student

Learn More

Fall Movie Discussion Club

Movie Discussion Clubs are a chance to expose your children to the literature of film! These classes teach students to discuss movies using appropriate cinematic language for analysis, while also teaching them about the nature of plot, characterization, setting and more. Appropriate for children between 10 and 18, depending on the films offered.

$99.00 per student or $199.00 per family

  • 5-8
  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Child is Student
  • High School

Learn More

Fan Fiction

The Fan Fiction class teaches kids to create stories using already existing characters from a previously published work of literature or other art form. The class is run like a writing support group with interaction between students.

$199.00 per student

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

Learn More

Groovy Grammar Workshop

The Groovy Grammar Workshop empowers parents to implement a natural approach to teaching grammar. This workshop stands the whole concept of grammar on its head. Rather than studying terminology and dissecting sentences, students are encouraged to play with language, to explore how words bump up against each other and generate meaning.

$199.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Just So Stories

The Just So Stories course exposes kids to the classic animal tales in Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories. Brave Writer techniques such as list-making, freewriting, revision strategies, and editing are all used in this new context of story-writing.

$199.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12

25 students

  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Kidswrite Basic

Kidswrite Basic is the online version of the first 9 chapters of The Writer's Jungle. It offers an environment where you receive support, modeling, and gentle accountability to complete the processes described in the manual.

$199.00 for the first child; $99.00 for each add’l child

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14

25 families

  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Middle School Writing Projects

Middle School Writing Projects is designed to help turn your children’s non-fiction knowledge and personal experiences into meaningful writing projects.

$199.00

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14

25 students per session

  • Child is Student

Learn More

Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling provides an introduction and exploration of how to record observations of the natural world in word and art. Each student's journal will offer the opportunity to experience connection with the natural world.

$219.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Passion for Fiction

Passion for Fiction is designed for your kids who can’t stop writing, or who are dying to write stories, but would like a little guidance. In Passion for Fiction, junior and senior high students will work on the elements of fiction using specific exercises to grow in their craft.

$199.00 per student

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Child is Student
  • High School

Learn More

Playing with Poetry Workshop

Playing with Poetry is a class that gets the entire family writing a variety of poems for four weeks. It’s a great way to get rolling with Brave Writer and involves everyone.

$199.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Powerful Fiction Techniques

Powerful Fiction Techniques is a four-week class meant to lead writers into new territories of advanced technique in fiction writing! This is the ultimate class in experiencing what revision can do to pages of words.

$199.00 per student

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

Learn More

Shakespeare Family Workshop

The Shakespeare Family Workshop introduces your family to the world of the Bard! This hands-on five week workshop is great for all kinds of learners.

$199.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Summer Movie Discussion Club

Movie Discussion Clubs are a chance to expose your children to the literature of film! These classes teach students to discuss movies using appropriate cinematic language for analysis, while also teaching them about the nature of plot, characterization, setting and more. Appropriate for children between 10 and 18, depending on the films offered.

$199.00 per family

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Child is Student

Learn More

Write for Fun 1

Write for Fun 1 is a three-week class designed for 5th - 8th grades that is meant to enrich your student's writing experiences, and to help them expand their tool kit of writing prompts and activities to be used in any writing endeavor! Any student is welcome.

$149.00 per student

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • Child is Student

Learn More

Write for Fun 2

Write for Fun 2 is a three-week class designed for 5th - 8th grades that is meant to enrich your student's writing experiences, and to help them expand their tool kit of writing prompts and activities to be used in any writing endeavor! Write for Fun 1 is not a pre-requisite.

$149.00 per student

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • Child is Student

Learn More

Writing a Greek Myth

The Greek Myths course is perfect for children 9-14 years old. This class is designed for students to work directly with a Brave Writer instructor (parental involvement not required). Once your kids have explored the essential themes in a traditional Greek myth, they’ll have a chance to create their own.

$199.00 per student

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14

25 students

  • Child is Student

Learn More

​Writing the Short Story

Junior high and high school students have the chance to work through the steps to writing and completing an original short story. Over the course of five weeks, each student will conceive and draft a short story of up to 1,500 words.

$219.00 per student

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

Learn More

Transition to Ownership ages 13-14

The Transition to Ownership stage: The emergence of an independent writer. The student-writer is clicking along. The parent isn't needed for the drafting stage. The parent's role has shifted to editor and dialog partner. These kids show competence in keyboarding, handwriting, spelling, and punctuation (with flaws, of course, but increasing control in these areas). This stage coincides with puberty and the development of rhetorical imagination (putting themselves in someone else's shoes, able to consider an issue from a variety of viewpoints).

Characteristics

  • Drafts papers and can do preliminary revisions independently
  • Follows through on assignments
  • Capable of basic spelling, punctuation, and grammar
  • Demonstrates the beginning of rhetorical thinking

For a more detailed look at this stage of growth in writing, listen to Julie talk about it on her podcasts:
Transition to Ownership Part One
Transition to Ownership Part Two

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Help for High School

Help for High School is a self-directed writing program for teens that both teaches rhetorical thinking in writing, as well as the academic essay formats for high school and college. Teens work independently of their parents, however rubrics for feedback are included, as well.

This home-study course comes in a digital format and can be purchased alone, or in combination with The Writer's Jungle.

Prices range between: $79.99 and $149.00

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The Boomerang

The Boomerang is a language arts program that provides support for development in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and literary elements using living literature for teens ages 12-16.

The Boomerang is a digital download that gives one month's worth of instruction at a time.

It can be purchased as a monthly subscription, or you can order all 10 issues at once.

Monthly price: $11.95
Year-Long (10 issues): $99.00

Or you may select from our wide range of single issues for a la carte options.

Learn More

The Writer's Jungle

The Writer's Jungle is designed to teach the homeschooling parent how to teach writing, and is the centerpiece of the Brave Writer program.

The results? An activated writing voice, and a nurturing tear-free relationship with you, the parent-editor-coach-and-ally.

The Writer's Jungle works for all students, any age.

This liberating, powerful home-study course comes in a binder format, or as a digital download.

Packages range from $79.00 - $149.00.

Learn More

Arrow Book Club

Five Months $230.00; Individual Month $49.00/mth

  • 11-12
  • 13-14

Learn More

Boomerang Book Club

Year Long $450.00 August 2015 - May 2016; Semester $230.00 August 2015 - December 2015 & January 2016 - May 2016; Individual Month $49.00/mth

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Child is Student

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Expository Essay Class

The Expository Essay class is essential for any student who intends to take high school writing classes. It prepares students for all academic writing to follow.

$249.00 per student

  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

Learn More

Fall Movie Discussion Club

Movie Discussion Clubs are a chance to expose your children to the literature of film! These classes teach students to discuss movies using appropriate cinematic language for analysis, while also teaching them about the nature of plot, characterization, setting and more. Appropriate for children between 10 and 18, depending on the films offered.

$99.00 per student or $199.00 per family

  • 5-8
  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Child is Student
  • High School

Learn More

Fan Fiction

The Fan Fiction class teaches kids to create stories using already existing characters from a previously published work of literature or other art form. The class is run like a writing support group with interaction between students.

$199.00 per student

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

Learn More

Groovy Grammar Workshop

The Groovy Grammar Workshop empowers parents to implement a natural approach to teaching grammar. This workshop stands the whole concept of grammar on its head. Rather than studying terminology and dissecting sentences, students are encouraged to play with language, to explore how words bump up against each other and generate meaning.

$199.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

Learn More

High School Writing Projects

High School Writing Projects is a 4-week class that teaches students to complete individual customized projects, receiving feedback and instruction, working one-on-one directly with the teacher. Projects include things like Power Point, study guide, review, newspaper article, Youtube video, a lens on Squidoo, and others.

$199.00

  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students per session

  • Child is Student
  • High School

Learn More

Kidswrite Basic

Kidswrite Basic is the online version of the first 9 chapters of The Writer's Jungle. It offers an environment where you receive support, modeling, and gentle accountability to complete the processes described in the manual.

$199.00 for the first child; $99.00 for each add’l child

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14

25 families

  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Kidswrite Intermediate

Kidswrite Intermediate enables students to develop their writing voices while it teaches them how to think rhetorically. It is the preparatory class for the expository essay and is designed for students starting high school.

$229.00

  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

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Literary Analysis: The Good Earth

High School Literary Analysis courses seek to analyze a work of literature in depth, exploring the various plot devices, settings, characters, and themes, as well as authors’ biographies and other pertinent background information. The final writing project will be a response to the literature 1000-1500 words in length. The spring class is always a Shakespeare play.

$209.00 per student

  • 13-14
  • 15-18

20 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

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Middle School Writing Projects

Middle School Writing Projects is designed to help turn your children’s non-fiction knowledge and personal experiences into meaningful writing projects.

$199.00

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14

25 students per session

  • Child is Student

Learn More

Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling provides an introduction and exploration of how to record observations of the natural world in word and art. Each student's journal will offer the opportunity to experience connection with the natural world.

$219.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Passion for Fiction

Passion for Fiction is designed for your kids who can’t stop writing, or who are dying to write stories, but would like a little guidance. In Passion for Fiction, junior and senior high students will work on the elements of fiction using specific exercises to grow in their craft.

$199.00 per student

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Child is Student
  • High School

Learn More

Powerful Fiction Techniques

Powerful Fiction Techniques is a four-week class meant to lead writers into new territories of advanced technique in fiction writing! This is the ultimate class in experiencing what revision can do to pages of words.

$199.00 per student

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

Learn More

Shakespeare Family Workshop

The Shakespeare Family Workshop introduces your family to the world of the Bard! This hands-on five week workshop is great for all kinds of learners.

$199.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

Learn More

Summer Movie Discussion Club

Movie Discussion Clubs are a chance to expose your children to the literature of film! These classes teach students to discuss movies using appropriate cinematic language for analysis, while also teaching them about the nature of plot, characterization, setting and more. Appropriate for children between 10 and 18, depending on the films offered.

$199.00 per family

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Child is Student

Learn More

Write for Fun 1

Write for Fun 1 is a three-week class designed for 5th - 8th grades that is meant to enrich your student's writing experiences, and to help them expand their tool kit of writing prompts and activities to be used in any writing endeavor! Any student is welcome.

$149.00 per student

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • Child is Student

Learn More

Write for Fun 2

Write for Fun 2 is a three-week class designed for 5th - 8th grades that is meant to enrich your student's writing experiences, and to help them expand their tool kit of writing prompts and activities to be used in any writing endeavor! Write for Fun 1 is not a pre-requisite.

$149.00 per student

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • Child is Student

Learn More

Writing a Greek Myth

The Greek Myths course is perfect for children 9-14 years old. This class is designed for students to work directly with a Brave Writer instructor (parental involvement not required). Once your kids have explored the essential themes in a traditional Greek myth, they’ll have a chance to create their own.

$199.00 per student

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14

25 students

  • Child is Student

Learn More

​Writing the Short Story

Junior high and high school students have the chance to work through the steps to writing and completing an original short story. Over the course of five weeks, each student will conceive and draft a short story of up to 1,500 words.

$219.00 per student

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

Learn More

Eavesdropping on the Great Conversation ages 15-18

The Eavesdropping on the Great Conversation stage: The emergence of an academic writer. The Great Conversation is the dialog between experts in a particular field across the centuries: Plato to Rousseau to Derrida; Shakespeare to Austen to Wilde; Galileo to Newton to Einstein; Da Vinci to Picasso to O'Keefe. Students learn the vocabulary of the particular field of study, and they read the thinkers that create the enduring ideas. They begin to evaluate those ideas themselves. These high school students produce writing that adheres to the academic formats, and can evaluate sources for credibility and support. This is the college-preparatory phase of writing.

Characteristics

  • Reads widely from within a particular field
  • Knows how to craft a thesis statement, is learning to identify credible sources
  • Expands command over the academic formats
  • College bound

For a more detailed look at this stage of growth in writing, listen to Julie talk about it on her podcast:
Eavesdropping on the Great Conversation

Home Study With Online Support*
Help for High School

Help for High School is a self-directed writing program for teens that both teaches rhetorical thinking in writing, as well as the academic essay formats for high school and college. Teens work independently of their parents, however rubrics for feedback are included, as well.

This home-study course comes in a digital format and can be purchased alone, or in combination with The Writer's Jungle.

Prices range between: $79.99 and $149.00

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The Boomerang

The Boomerang is a language arts program that provides support for development in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and literary elements using living literature for teens ages 12-16.

The Boomerang is a digital download that gives one month's worth of instruction at a time.

It can be purchased as a monthly subscription, or you can order all 10 issues at once.

Monthly price: $11.95
Year-Long (10 issues): $99.00

Or you may select from our wide range of single issues for a la carte options.

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Advanced Composition 1

Advanced Composition 1 teaches textual criticism, and is for juniors and seniors in high school who know how to write expository essays.

$229.00 per student

  • 15-18

20 Students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

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Boomerang Book Club

Year Long $450.00 August 2015 - May 2016; Semester $230.00 August 2015 - December 2015 & January 2016 - May 2016; Individual Month $49.00/mth

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Child is Student

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College Admission Essay

Let Brave Writer help you whip your college application essay into shape with a class designed to walk you painlessly, perhaps even pleasurably, through the process. We use the Common app as our model, but students are free to bring the writing prompts from specific colleges into the class, if they like.

$229.00 per student

  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

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Expository Essay Class

The Expository Essay class is essential for any student who intends to take high school writing classes. It prepares students for all academic writing to follow.

$249.00 per student

  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

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Fall Movie Discussion Club

Movie Discussion Clubs are a chance to expose your children to the literature of film! These classes teach students to discuss movies using appropriate cinematic language for analysis, while also teaching them about the nature of plot, characterization, setting and more. Appropriate for children between 10 and 18, depending on the films offered.

$99.00 per student or $199.00 per family

  • 5-8
  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Child is Student
  • High School

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Fan Fiction

The Fan Fiction class teaches kids to create stories using already existing characters from a previously published work of literature or other art form. The class is run like a writing support group with interaction between students.

$199.00 per student

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

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High School Writing Projects

High School Writing Projects is a 4-week class that teaches students to complete individual customized projects, receiving feedback and instruction, working one-on-one directly with the teacher. Projects include things like Power Point, study guide, review, newspaper article, Youtube video, a lens on Squidoo, and others.

$199.00

  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students per session

  • Child is Student
  • High School

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Kidswrite Intermediate

Kidswrite Intermediate enables students to develop their writing voices while it teaches them how to think rhetorically. It is the preparatory class for the expository essay and is designed for students starting high school.

$229.00

  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

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Literary Analysis: The Good Earth

High School Literary Analysis courses seek to analyze a work of literature in depth, exploring the various plot devices, settings, characters, and themes, as well as authors’ biographies and other pertinent background information. The final writing project will be a response to the literature 1000-1500 words in length. The spring class is always a Shakespeare play.

$209.00 per student

  • 13-14
  • 15-18

20 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

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MLA Research Essay

The MLA Research Essay walks high school students (grades 11-12) through the steps of writing a persuasive essay using the Modern Language Association (MLA) format. The final essay will be 5-7 pages including Works Cited.

$249.00 per student

  • 15-18

10 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

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Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling provides an introduction and exploration of how to record observations of the natural world in word and art. Each student's journal will offer the opportunity to experience connection with the natural world.

$219.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

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Passion for Fiction

Passion for Fiction is designed for your kids who can’t stop writing, or who are dying to write stories, but would like a little guidance. In Passion for Fiction, junior and senior high students will work on the elements of fiction using specific exercises to grow in their craft.

$199.00 per student

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Child is Student
  • High School

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Powerful Fiction Techniques

Powerful Fiction Techniques is a four-week class meant to lead writers into new territories of advanced technique in fiction writing! This is the ultimate class in experiencing what revision can do to pages of words.

$199.00 per student

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

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SAT/ACT Essay Class

The SAT/ACT Essay Class is designed for college-bound high school students (10th-12th graders) as preparation for the writing portion of both the SAT and ACT tests.

$229.00 per student

  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

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Shakespeare Family Workshop

The Shakespeare Family Workshop introduces your family to the world of the Bard! This hands-on five week workshop is great for all kinds of learners.

$199.00 per family

  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Parent is Student

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Summer Movie Discussion Club

Movie Discussion Clubs are a chance to expose your children to the literature of film! These classes teach students to discuss movies using appropriate cinematic language for analysis, while also teaching them about the nature of plot, characterization, setting and more. Appropriate for children between 10 and 18, depending on the films offered.

$199.00 per family

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18
  • Family Classes
  • Child is Student

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​Writing the Short Story

Junior high and high school students have the chance to work through the steps to writing and completing an original short story. Over the course of five weeks, each student will conceive and draft a short story of up to 1,500 words.

$219.00 per student

  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18

25 students

  • Child is Student
  • High School

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*Please note that not all courses are offered in a given quarter