Training students to wield words well *

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New for summer! Creative Writing Express for teens 13-19

Why do we tell stories? What makes them so captivating? What makes a good story?

Nothing is so memorable as a great story. Jesus, the greatest Storyteller of all, knew this truth! In this class, we will focus on classic storytelling with redemptive themes. In addition to gleaning from Boris Fishman’s The Creative Writer series (Well-Trained Mind Press), each week we will examine well-crafted passages from enduring stories, modeling specific elements and literary devices in our writing. 

Whether your students are in the middle of writing a work of fiction or just beginning the creative process, this is a class that will help them hone their writing and produce a story worth reading. For teens 13-19.

Text: The Creative Writer Level Two, Boris Fishman

Mondays 1-2 p.m. PST online

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Fall/Spring 2023-24 Classes

Knights and Ladies, lords and citizens, men and...monsters?

Such characters and more come to life in the pages of British literature. These classics endure because of their timeless messages of the holiness of virtue, the selflessness of sacrifice, and the destructiveness of pride.

Literature selections:

Canterbury Tales

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Shakespeare: MacBeth

A Tale of Two Cities

Jane Eyre

Pride & Prejudice


The Fellowship of the Ring

* Note: some classes contain distinctly Christian content or a biblical worldview

What level class should my child take?

Grades 3 - 5
(Grammar Stage)

The stage where children are building foundational knowledge.  Students often think in concrete terms, repetition and memorization. Vocabulary and word lists are valuable weapons!

Grades 6 - 8
(Dialectic Stage)

The stage where students begin to ask questions and compare and contrast to understand how knowledge relates to other knowledge. Theme-based writing is a powerful tool at this level. 

Grades 9 - 12
(Rhetoric Stage)

The stage when foundational knowledge and critical thinking skills have armed students to engage in reasoned debates, persuasive writing and literary analysis.