When parents say they have a child who is terrible at writing, it’s hard to know what they mean.

  • Does the child freeze when faced with a blank page?
  • Is the child unskilled at spelling or punctuation?
  • Or is the parent worried that the child isn’t writing a 5-paragraph essay yet?

The word “writing” could mean any of these skills, which grow at different rates. In Brave Writer, we divide writing into three categories and design products and classes accordingly.

    1. Original Thought (grown through the writing process)
    2. Mechanics (taught through literature)
    3. Writing Projects (assignments that combine mechanics and original thought)

    Think of writing as three interlocking puzzle pieces to create writing proficiency. Our products are tagged with the piece of the puzzle it addresses.

    Original Thought

    Original Thought

    Each of us is born a writer. Once you can externalize language (talk!), someone can jot down your words for you and turn you into a writer. Baby’s first words that go into the baby book? Voila! Published writer. Brave Writer teaches parents how to be partners to their children so that a child’s sophisticated verbal language continues to grow even while a child’s spelling and punctuation skills lag behind. We use processes to help children grow as thinkers, and therefore, writers.

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    Example Products & Classes

    The Writer's Jungle

    The Writer's Jungle

    The Writer's Jungle activates your child's writing voice and creates a nurturing tear-free relationship with you, the parent-editor-coach-and-ally.

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

    Help for High School

    Help for High School

    Help for High School is a self-directed writing program written for teens that prepares them for college writing. It teaches critical thinking as well as the expository essay (persuasive and exploratory).

    Mechanics and Literature

    Mechanics and Literature

    Handwriting, spelling, punctuation, and craft grow through reading great literature, copying some of it in your own hand, and then attempting to handwrite it correctly while listening to someone read the passage aloud. Copywork and dictation practice are strategies for mastering the mechanics of writing, using quotations from quality literature.

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    Example Products & Classes

    The Arrow

    The Arrow

    The Arrow uses living literature to teach the mechanics of writing. Spelling, punctuation, grammar, and literary devices delivered through powerful, engaging books! For children ages 8-12.


    The Boomerang

    The Boomerang

    The Boomerang is a literature guide for teens that draws them in through compelling stories and delivers meaningful instruction in literary analysis, punctuation, vocabulary, spelling, and literary devices. For high school students ages 13-18.

    The Wand

    The Wand

    The Wand teaches your youngest kids to read and write simultaneously with hands-on activities, scripts for the parent, and delightful books your kids will want to read again and again.

    Groovy Grammar Workshop

    Groovy Grammar Workshop

    The Groovy Grammar Workshop empowers families 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.

    Writing Projects

    Writing Projects

    The writing puzzle is complete when a child combines their current level of skill in mechanics with their original thoughts and produces a writing assignment—what we call a “writing project.” For instance, a child may narrate a fairytale that the parent jots down at age five, handwrite a thank you card at age nine, type a report at age 12, or write an expository essay at age 15. Brave Writer designs writing projects to match the child’s natural stage of growth in writing.

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    Example Products & Classes

    Jot it Down

    Jot it Down

    The Jot It Down! will revolutionize how you teach writing to your youngest writers: 5-8 years old. 10 writing projects (one per month) designed for children before they know how to read and write.


    Partnership Writing

    Partnership Writing

    The Partnership Writing program allows parents to teach multiple levels at once and offers 10 writing projects (one per month). These projects are creative and collaborative! Most popular of our programs!

    Faltering Ownership

    Faltering Ownership

    The Faltering Ownership program prepares junior high kids for high school writing. It provides 12 writing projects (one per month) that are engaging, fun, and academically sound.

    Help for High School

    Help for High School

    Help for High School is a self-directed writing program written for teens that prepares them for college writing. It teaches critical thinking as well as the expository essay (persuasive and exploratory).

    Write for Fun: Go Wild

    Write for Fun: Go Wild

    Write for Fun: Go Wild gives kids a chance to enjoy writing—a 3-week romp through creative writing that focuses on content over mechanics. Perfect for kids 10-14.

    Middle School Writing Projects

    Middle School Writing Projects

    Middle School Writing Projects allows kids to show off their expertise on any given school subject or passion in a project of their choice. Perfect for junior high.

    Writing a Greek Myth

    Writing a Greek Myth

    Writing Your Own Greek Myth gives kids obsessed with mythology and Rick Riordan the chance to write their own mythological adventures. One of Brave Writer's most popular classes for kids 9-14.