Author George R.R. Martin said, “I have lived a thousand lives...because I read.” It’s true that when we read and write, we sometimes imagine ourselves as the characters and “live” their lives! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a scientist who discovers a solution to a problem, an astronaut who explores amazing new places, or a detective who solves a perplexing mystery? In our imaginations, we will “become” many different characters, and we will see the world through new eyes and write from these new perspectives!
Through our "Imagine Yourself" theme, students will write a variety of pieces, including stories, poetry, research reports and essays. Students begin each project immersed in reading and art experiences to inspire and spark unique ideas. Each piece is taken through the writing process as students are guided to brainstorm, draft, revise, edit, publish, and share their work. At the end of the year, students will compile their own collections of writing along with selected works from their classmates and create an anthology of writing and art to share with the world.
From this class, parents and students can expect:
- small-group and 1-1 guidance in the completion of a variety of writing and art projects
- a focus on organization and elaboration of ideas
- reading for meaning from theme-related texts
- vocabulary development
- direct grammar and mechanics instruction
- individualized instruction through the revising and editing process
- support from a true writer's community
- a low-stress environment that facilitates creative thinking and confidence.
We'd love to have your little author join us! Please see payment information and register at the bottom of the page. Classes are limited to ten students, so register early!
Students must be 7 years old by August 31, 2019.
Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 (homeschool) - 9 SPOTS REMAINING
Thursdays 4:30-6:00 - 3 SPOTS REMAINING
Saturdays 2:00-3:30 - FULL (SORRY, WE CANNOT ADD STUDENTS TO FULL CLASSES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES)
Most of the time, you are writing for the same audiences - your teachers mostly, and sometimes your family and friends. But there is a big, big world out there waiting to hear your ideas! This class seeks to reach that wider audience by sending work to contests and publications that call for student submissions. Throughout the course of the year, we will work through a publishing calendar with the goal of having work acknowledged by publishers and hopefully seeing some work in print!
In class, students read closely to see what the genre of focus entails and how other authors craft their work. They will then plan and write through a wide variety of genres in a writers workshop format. All work is closely guided by the teacher in a low-stress environment that encourages creativity of thought and clarity of expression. By the end of the year, students will have submitted their work to a variety of publications, including magazines, anthologies, newspapers, online forums, student-run publications, and contests. They will also have created an anthology of their own writing and the writing of their classmates, including essays, narratives, poetry, research reports, editorials, reviews, letters, comic strips, newspaper articles, argumentative pieces, dramas, and more. Through this experience, students will gain the confidence and skill needed to reach the world with their words and ideas, both now and for a lifetime!
From this class, parents and students can expect:
- experience reading and analyzing quality texts intended to inform and inspire students' own writing
- direct instruction in good writing technique, including organization, word choice, voice and style, cohesion, etc.
- support of a writer's community through the writing process
- freedom to choose writing topics that interest them
- full guidance from their teacher through the writing process
- direct instruction in grammar and mechanics
- fully guided editing and revision with 1-to-1 instruction in individual areas of need
- opportunities to share writing with a variety of audiences through the submission process, including ten or more submissions to various publications
Note: Some students will see their work published and will receive awards. Some won’t. But, we will all publish our own work ourselves, so everyone will see their work printed in a book! All attempts are celebrated!
We'd love to have your tweens and teens join us! Please see payment information and register at the bottom of the page. Classes are limited to ten students, so register early!
Ages 10-12 (must be age 10 by August 31, 2019)
Tuesdays 5:00-6:30 FULL (SORRY, WE CANNOT ADD STUDENTS TO FULL CLASSES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES)
Wednesdays 11:30-1:00 (homeschool) - 6 SPOTS REMAINING
Thursdays 6:00-7:30 FULL (SORRY, WE CANNOT ADD STUDENTS TO FULL CLASSES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES)
Saturdays 3:30-5:00 FULL (SORRY, WE CANNOT ADD STUDENTS TO FULL CLASSES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES)
Ages 13 and up (must be age 13 by August 31, 2019)
Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 (homeschool) 6 SPOTS REMAINING
Fridays 4:30-6:00 - 2 SPOTS REMAINING
Saturdays 5:00-6:30 - FULL (SORRY, WE CANNOT ADD STUDENTS TO FULL CLASSES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES)
1. IEW Student Writing Intensive Level A (SWI-A)
This class is for upper elementary students who are just beginning their writing careers. Using the Level A course from the Institute for Excellence in Writing, the instructor will guide students through the basic structure of the core types of writing and get students on a path of confidence and proficiency. The course starts with the foundations of writing and builds gradually towards more independence, creativity, and sophistication. Through extensive modeling and guided practice, students learn to organize and express their ideas clearly and effectively, setting them on a course for lifelong competency.
In this course, students learn the following structural models:
- note taking
-writing from pictures
Mondays 6:00-7:00 - FULL (SORRY, WE CANNOT ADD STUDENTS TO FULL CLASSES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES)
Mondays 2:00-3:00 (homeschool) - 5 SPOTS REMAINING
2. IEW Student Writing Intensive Continuation Course- Level B
Prerequisite: SICC-B is a course for students who have completed SWI-B OR SICC-A. While review will be included in this level, students should have a clear understanding of the topics and techniques covered in SWI-B or SICC-A.
In this course, students will learn to do the following:
-use a variety of stylistic techniques including sophisticated vocabulary, complex sentence structure, and decorations such as dramatic openers and similes
- write research reports from multiple sources
- write five-paragraph reports using topics, introduction, and conclusion
- conduct an interview and write their findings
- write letters
- write book and movie critiques
- edit their work for grammar, syntax, and usage
IEW courses are taught by Dawn Bertrand, licensed teacher and certified IEW instructor. Participation requires the purchase of the IEW Level SICC-B binder ($19). Class sizes are limited to six students, so register early. Scroll to the bottom of the page for payment information and registration.
Raise your hand if you think that teaching a high school student to write essays and analysis at home is fun and easy. Ok, we didn’t see your hand raised, so might we suggest letting us take care of that? Our homeschool class covers the academic writing that your child needs in order to be a proficient writer in preparation for college and beyond.
In this class, students work on general writing skills and use the writing process to plan, organize, draft, revise, and publish writing. Our emphasis is on analyzing and essay writing skills with practice in writing informative, reflective, personal narrative, and argumentative essays, as well as document-based analysis essays and rhetorical analysis essays. In addition, students will analyze poems and write some creative pieces in order to round out their writing experience.
From this class, parents and students can expect:
- reading for deeper meaning and writing to analyze the author's message and means of delivery.
- creative writing experiences that build style and voice, including personal narratives, poetry, and fiction.
- practice in "gateway" writing for college and career, including college application essays, personal statements, letters, and resumes.
- experiences in writing argumentative and expository essays which require research to support a statement or position.
- direct instruction in grammar and mechanics concepts.
- the support of a writer's community
- fully guided editing and revision with 1-to-1 instruction in areas of individual need.
We'd love to have your homeschooled high schooler join us! Please see payment information and register at the bottom of the page. Classes are limited to ten students, so register early!
Must be age 13 by August 31, 2019
Thursdays 1:30-3:00 - 7 SPOTS REMAINING
Mixed Media and Creative Stories
Saturdays, September 7 - October 12, 11:00-12:30
3 SPOTS REMAINING
If you love making art and writing creatively, then this is the workshop for you! We will write a variety of creative pieces, then use them to create a mixed media art project using canvas, paint, texture and much more. This class finds the intersection of writing and visual art, and it is the perfect workshop for students who love to draw, paint, and WRITE poetry, comics, short stories or anything else they can imagine!
Memories and Memoir
Saturdays, November 2 - December 14, 11:00-12:30 (no class November 30)
10 SPOTS REMAINING
Personal writing allows students to recount and examine events in their lives for reflection, inspiration, and enrichment. This type of writing is also required through students’ academic careers for classes, college applications, scholarships. The Memories and Memoirs workshop will help increase students’ comfort levels when writing about themselves. Students will read enlightening texts, strengthen their writing skills, and create art that depicts their personal narrative. They also will learn how to draw portraits related to their memoir.
Ages 9 -12
Saturdays, January 11 - February 15, 11:00-12:30
5 SPOTS REMAINING
Writing is a powerful tool for persuasion. In this class, students will analyze other authors’ works to see how they use strategies and devices to make effective arguments, and explore symbolism and other literary devices. Students will brainstorm topics that matter to them and follow the writing process to develop their own persuasive essays about topics of their choice. To connect the language to the visual, students will also create art to depict their objectives.
Analysis Doesn’t Have to Lead to Paralysis (Rhetorical Analysis)
Ages 13 and up
Saturdays, February 29-April 4, 11:00-12:30
7 SPOTS REMAINING
In today’s world, the ability to spot rhetoric and analyze its effect is key to navigating messages and information that students are immersed in daily. In this workshop, students will learn about rhetorical analysis and practice analyzing speeches and other articles to determine the author’s message and how the message was delivered, as well as the effectiveness of rhetorical techniques on readers. To deepen their own understanding and to strengthen their message, students will create an art project that connects the analysis to the visual.
Imagine Yourself! - 32 classes, 90 minutes each. $770
Writing for a Wider Audience - 32 classes, 90 minutes each. $770
IEW Student Writing Intensive - Level A - 32 classes, 60 minutes each. $515
IEW Student Writing Intensive - Level B - 32 classes, 90 minutes each. $770
High School Essays and Analysis - 32 classes, 90 minutes each. $770
Saturday Workshops - 6 classes, 90 minutes each. $145
A non-refundable deposit of $75 is required upon registration to hold your child's spot in each class or workshop. The deposit is subtracted from your balance. Please click on the "Pay Deposit" button below to pay the deposit, which includes 3% Paypal service fee. Your child's spot in the class is not secure until the deposit is received.
You will receive an invoice for the remainder of your balance. You may divide the remaining tuition any way you would like over the course of the year, and you will receive a monthly reminder. All payments must be made online through the invoice.
You may pay your entire invoice by cash or check at any time and receive a 3% discount.