Writing Classes

Category: Writing Classes

Announcing Our Newest Writing Class–Create, Connect, Reflect!

We are so thrilled to share our brand new online writing course! And we are doing something different this time– for the first time, we are offering a writing course that parents can take WITH their kids!

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This class is a great opportunity to connect with your school-aged/tween child in a creative way, and it’s just in time to help your child brush up on some crucial writing skills in a FUN way before school starts. So many of us want to keep our kids’ skills fresh during the summer months to prevent that dreaded “summer slide” and be back-t0-school ready, but let’s be honest: the break from homework is the BEST, and we don’t want to waste our summer weeks having power struggles and doing boring busywork with our kids.

Enter Create, Connect, Reflect. The purpose of this course is to help refine your child’s writing skills while also giving YOU some space as a writer (professional author, published freelancer, blogger, or brand-new writer with a notebook full of poetry or short stories, or the mother with a daily/weekly journaling practice) to reflect on your writing journey as well as your parenting experience.

This self-paced course is great opportunity to connect with your child through writing, give yourself a create outlet and reflect on your writing, and provide your child with some fun and useful exercises to keep their writing skills sharp and polished as summer wraps up. The course is designed for kids approximately ages 8-13, but you can absolutely adapt the exercises for kids who are younger or older. My almost-ten-year-old will be participating as my “assistant,” and there will be some great opportunities for our young writers to connect and interact with each other as well!

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The best part? There is NO schedule at all. Sign up today, later this week, next week, or mid-August. The class is completely self-paced, which means you don’t have to “show up” at any specific time. You can write in your pajamas and give your kids their assignments to do while you’re desperately trying to get some work done or just enjoy an uninterrupted dining room coffee date with your best friend. Make the class work for you!

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Week One: Why Do You Write?
  • Week Two: Getting Ready to Write and Setting Yourself Up For Success
  • Week Three: Getting Writer’s Block, Feeling Discouraged, and Taking Care of Yourself
  • Week Four: Telling Your Story
  • Week Five: Telling Your Family’s Story
  • BONUS CONTENT: Focus On Your Craft and Polish Your Writing

Each week’s lesson will have exercises for each of the three components of the course: an opportunity for you as a mother/writer to create, an assignment for your child to complete independently, and an exercise to be completed with your child. You can start ANY TIME and take the class at your own pace.

This class is for you if: 

  • You love to write
  • You want to share your joy of writing with your child *without* power struggles
  • You want your child to keep his/her writing skills sharp before school starts *without* spending a fortune on summer school or writing camps
  • You’re looking for a way to connect with your child creatively
  • You want to make time to reflect on your own writing life
  • You’d like to improve your own writing craft with revision and editing strategies, tips for more dynamic personal essays, writing prompts, readings, reflection, and connection with other writers.

The tween years can be a tough time for communication and connection, and this class offers some fun, engaging writing prompts for you to do with your child including collaborative storytelling and journaling. Sometimes it’s easier to express ourselves on paper, and you may be surprised at the connection that comes simply through WRITING with your child!

You can get full details for the course and sign up here. Remember, the course is now open so you can enroll any time and be immediately added to the class! I am so excited to write with you and your child this summer!

Write Your Way to a Better Blog Returns!

For bloggers, summertime means conference season, with two of the most popular blogging conferences taking place between June and August. As bloggers work themselves into a frenzy on social media, making plans for rooming together, attending parties, and meeting up for drinks, many of their peers experience a serious condition known as “conference envy.” It is totally no fun at all knowing that all your favorite bloggers are hanging out without you, and maybe even learning amazing new skills that will advance their craft. (I personally plan to go completely offline during BlogHer this year, as I can’t bear to see cute photos of all my friends having fun without me.)

Summer is a great time to focus attention on your blogging and writing skills, but attending a blog conference isn’t always realistic. Those of us who are parents have to consider childcare needs before we hop a flight across the country, not to mention scheduling around summer vacations, camps, and reunions. For others, it can be hard to take time off work to travel to a conference. It can be a significant financial commitment to pay for conference registration, travel, hotels, and food. And when it doesn’t work out, it is a huge bummer to miss out on the perks of conference attendance: learning, networking, and socializing with other bloggers.

So we have a great solution for those of you who aren’t able to make it to a blogging conference this year. (And for those of you who are attending a conference? You should join us, too!) We’re offering one of our most popular online writing courses for the third year in a row, Write Your Way to a Better Blog, as an interactive five-week course.

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Class begins June 20th and ends July 22nd, but as always, you’ll have access to the course indefinitely and do NOT need to worry about falling behind, as it is completely self-paced. You can complete the course in your own time, at home, in your PJs, and it’s perfectly acceptable to catch up if you find yourself extra swamped or take a vacation.

Here’s a breakdown of the sessions:

Weeks 1 & 2: Purpose and Authenticity

Why are you blogging? What do you want to say to the world that is unique?

With help from bloggers including Sarah Rudell Beach of Left Brain Buddha and Brilliant Mindfulness, we’ll focus on:

  • How to define the purpose of your blog.
  • How to develop and refine a clear, authentic voice in your writing.
  • How to incorporate your blog’s purpose into each blog post.
  • How to write about diverse subjects and to write in diverse styles while still remaining true to your overall voice and purpose.
  • How to draft a compelling, concise About Me page or bio for other publications.
  • Find out how many popular bloggers write about their personal lives with integrity, and explore our own limits

Week 3: Telling Stories on Your Blog

We’ll learn about the power of storytelling to enhance your writing with tips and techniques from Danielle Herzog, as well as:

  • Learn the importance of narrative structure, character, dialogue, and sensory details.
  • Learn how to capture your audience’s attention with a strong beginning and finish your story with a powerful conclusion.
  • Brainstorm and explore ideas for blog posts that would captivate readers.

Week 4: Humor Writing

With practical tips from guest instructor Kate Hall of Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine and other humor bloggers, we’ll learn how to incorporate humor into your blog posts in a way that is authentic to your voice.

We’ll explore different humor techniques, as well as:

  • How to write different types of humorous posts.
  • How to use humor in your social media platforms to engage with readers and increase your fan base.
  • Discuss when/why it is useful to use humor in a serious post, and how to do it tastefully.

Week 5: Editing and Pitching

We’ll discuss the importance of knowing the difference between revising, editing, and proofreading. We’ll also:

  • Discuss common grammatical errors and other mistakes to avoid in your writing.
  • Practice revising, editing, and proofreading your writing.
  • Discuss the differences in levels of editing needed for posts on own blog vs. submitting to other sites.
  • Learn how to impress an editor with a powerful pitch
  • Learn how to form productive relationships with editor

And students will also have access to an exciting week of Bonus Content as well!

The course will include:

  • the full class platform, including several weekly lessons and discussions about each lesson and assignment
  • instructor feedback on assignments in the class platform
  • a private Facebook group for class members, instructors, and guest instructors
  • a PDF of course lessons at the end of the class
You can find out full details about each week’s lessons, session dates, guest instructors, and other bloggers who offered their expertise for our lessons on our class information page. We hope you’ll join us this summer for a great opportunity to take your blog to the next level, practice your writing skills, learn from some fantastic bloggers, and find a new community of bloggers! Sign up today!
**We are still offering discounted self-paced online courses for Publish Your Personal Essay and The Balanced Writer throughout the summer! Details here.
**We will be offering one more summer writing course, designed specifically for mothers and their school-age/tween children. Details coming soon, and the class will begin mid-July!