Make writing pleasurable!

And lastly, I want to say THANK YOU for offering such an incredible program and fantastic workshops! My daughter has been taking “Writing for Fun” with Karen O’Connor. I had THE most energizing discussion with her, over a cup of tea, last Friday…as she told me about the class. She was excited and animated and proud of her work! It has offered her some independence with her writing, and a supportive teacher and guide as she tests her writing wings.

Jaeda has been a somewhat reluctant writer and I have been a somewhat “nervous” teacher…wondering how to inspire her, give her the basics and, hopefully, help her to ENJOY writing. I can’t thank you enough; it’s so good to know we’re not alone on the writing journey. I love the Brave Writer approach! Please do pass along my thanks to Karen, also. Jaeda has enjoyed reading her comments and looked forward to Karen’s replies.
With gratitude, Kerry

Class description #

This is the perfect class for parents who would like their 9-14 year olds to take an online writing class without parental involvement, and who wish to give Brave Writer a low-risk try.

Write for Fun: Go Wild is a three-week class 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.

Designed for upper elementary and junior high students, Write for Fun: Go Wild gives kids new experiences with freewriting, word play, and poetry. Karen O’Connor, award-winning author of over 80 books (you read that right!), shares her repertoire of creative writing exploration techniques with our Brave Writer community. Students get a chance to play with language through activity, not just sitting at a table. If your child is new to creative writing, this is the right class! It’s a frolic through a slew of entertaining, active writing processes that get your children’s creative juices flowing!

Writing risk is valued in this class—content is the priority. To help students discover the joy and power of their writing voices, the feedback from the instructor focuses on encouragement of the content and impact on the reader rather than mechanical accuracy (spelling, punctuation, grammar). Students who have felt timid or discouraged to write due to an abundance of negative feedback for their previous writing efforts will find that this class proves gentle and validating.

Activities include:

  • Collecting words, creating a word sculpture, and scrounged poetry
  • Getting outdoors (several writing prompts for your neighborhood)
  • Freewriting frenzy (Brand new methods to bring new freedom in writing)

Kids who enjoy creative writing will be happy to have new tools to use even when class is over. Students who are a little weary of the heavy academic tone of their other writing experiences will be relieved to explore and play with language in a relaxed, revision-free (for the most part) writing class.

This was an AWESOME class, it was inspiring, fun and helpful. Thank You so much Mrs. O’Connor!!!! :D This class really did help me see things in a different way (since I am very literal)! :) Loved this class! —Elizabeth 11
Thank you, thank you, thank you! This was a great, exciting class!! Thank you Mrs. O’Connor :) —Emma

This is also our least expensive class of the year!

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.