Revision takes too long.

I liked my writing better before you told me how to fix it.

Nothing I write is good enough for you.

Sound familiar?

Your child writes—a draft, a freewrite. You notice dull sentences and spelling mistakes. So you use your kindest gentlest voice. You pinpoint improvements your child can make.

That child wilts. Sulks. Gets angry.

Now you’re stuck—how do you grow a writer who resists feedback?

Enter Brave Writer 102: Stress-Free Revision.

Learning to guide and grow a child’s writing is an art.

You don’t have to be an English major or copyeditor to do it well.

Here at Brave Writer, we see revision as a chance to play and experiment with the burst of original writing. It’s not the act of perfecting the flawed original draft.

Become the skilled partner and ally your child needs. Let us take the stress out of the revision process for your child and for you!

In this class, you, the parent, will:

  • Become a revision partner, not a critic
  • Transform how you see revision (psst: it’s not about typos or run-ons)
  • Learn how playful revision techniques apply to academic writing

Your kids will:

  • Break through to more insight using “wacky” revision tactics
  • See revision as a natural activity
  • Go from freewrite to revised writing with joy—no more tears!

Class Structure

  • Class is held in a private discussion board with 25 other families.
  • Class is asynchronous—you log in when it is convenient for you each day of the week at no specific time of day.
  • It is text-based—no video.
  • Student writing assignments are posted in a text box, published to the classroom, and all students are able to read student writing.
  • Class is a writing workshop format, with all coaching feedback available to be read.
  • Class work, writing, and coaching feedback can be downloaded and saved in a PDF format.

Visit our sample classroom.

Stop!

If you haven’t taken Brave Writer 101: Guided Writing Process, start here.

It’s the foundational class for your family if you are new to Brave Writer. You’ll experience the writing process soup to nuts with your kids with the meaningful support of a writing coach.

Once you finish, come back and take Brave Writer 102: Stress-Free Revision.

For more information about how the classes are run, please read about online classes.

To explore our Brave Writer classroom, click here to access a sample class.

Class Structure Description #

Brave Writer online classes are specially designed with the busy homeschooling parent in mind. Classes last anywhere from four to six weeks. We offer courses that address a specific writing need so that you can take the ones that suit your family throughout the school year. Short class sessions enable you to work around family vacations, out-of-town swim meets, recovering from wisdom teeth removal, and visits from grandparents. We operate on the quarter system, including a summer session. Our most popular classes repeat each quarter, while others are seasonal.

Our classes meet in a customized online classroom, designed specifically to meet the needs of Brave Writer. Only registered students and the instructor have access to the classroom to ensure your privacy. Assignments and reading materials are posted by Brave Writer instructors each week (no additional supply fees necessary, unless otherwise indicated). Either you (homeschooling parent) or your child (homeschooling student) will visit the classroom daily at your convenience to read helpful information about the current topic or to find the writing assignment. We operate "asynchronously" (which means that the discussion is not live, but that posted information remains available to you in your time zone at your convenience). Instructors check the classroom throughout the day to answer questions and give feedback on writing.

Writing is done at home and then typed into the classroom, and shared with both the instructor and other classmates. You're not required to be online at any specific time of the day. We have students from all over the world participating in our classes so "live" discussion is impossible. Instead, the online classroom enables the instructor to post information and assignments when it is convenient to the instructor. Then, when it is convenient for you, you come to the classroom and read the latest postings.

Instructor feedback to student writing is offered for all participants to read. Writing questions are welcomed and encouraged! That's the point of class. We aim to give you immediate support as you face writing obstacles.

Brave Writer takes seriously the need for encouragement and emotional safety in writing. No student is ever at risk of being humiliated or mistreated. All online dialog is respectful and supportive of your child's process. This is the core of Brave Writer philosophy. You can read about Brave Writer values here.

What makes our program especially unique in the world of online education is that we value a corporate experience. Rather than teaching your child in a tutorial format, we prefer students to have the opportunity to both publish their work for an audience (other students) and also to have the chance to read other student writing. In no other setting is this possible. Schools-in-buildings rarely have students read each other's work. Homeschooled children are rarely in a classroom environment to begin with, so the opportunity to read peer-writing is nil.

Our classes provide an utterly unique experience in the world of writing instruction. Since most writers grow through emulation of good writing, it is a real advantage to Brave Writer kids to get the chance to read the writing of their fellow home-educated peers. They love it! They get to examine and internalize other ways of writing, analyzing and expressing ideas similar to their own. They have the chance to validate and cheer on their peers. And of course, the best part of all is that they receive the praise and affirmation of kids just like them.

Not only that, all instructor feedback is posted to the classroom for all students to read. That means your kids get the benefit of instructor comments on many papers, not just their own. We've noted that this style of instruction is especially effective and hope you'll agree!

To explore our Brave Writer classroom, click here to access a sample class.

The Brave Writer 102: Stress-Free Revision class is unusual in the Brave Writer list of classes. The parent is enrolled as the "student" in the online classroom. The instructor will teach not just your children, but also you, the parent! You are being taught how to be an effective writing coach to your children, while your children are learning how to write! You will complete the exercises or assignments with your children at home. Then, you will report back to the instructor by posting your children's work. The instructor will give direct feedback on the student work, guiding you in how to become that kind of writing partner to your child for all future writing excursions.

The structure of this class is that the parent is the enrolled student, and the kids are the active participants. Our hope is that you and your children will discover the joy of working together as a writing-editing team over the four weeks you spend in class.