Homeschool Writing Courses

 

AWCS Home School classes incorporate creative learning in an engaging setting. Students will explore writing in unique ways utilizing their imagination and innovation in our no-fail atmosphere. We make writing fun!

Receive a discount on all Homeschool Writing Courses with the purchase of a AWCS Youth Membership. The Youth Membership includes access to the Reality Is Optional Kids’ Writing Club, the Rogue Poets’ Club, movie nights, open mics, and more. To register in one of our programs or to purchase a youth membership, see our registration page.

 

Beginner Level – Kim Firmston

Students will learn the basics of sentence structure, spelling, and grammar. They will enjoy learning story structure while having fun using a variety of mediums and media. Storytelling, reporting, advertising, scripts, and a variety of other writing styles will be introduced in an entertaining way with lots of variety.

  • Recommended: Grades 1-3
  • 8 Week Course begins September 18 (no class October 9)
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Member Price: $120
  • Non-Member Price: $150

Intermediate Level – Kim Firmston

Students will review the basics of sentence structure, spelling, and grammar then move on to tenses, point of view and description. They will also cover basic creative writing, poetry, essays and articles, as well as advertising, scripts and a variety of other writing styles will be introduced in an entertaining way using a variety of mediums and media.

  • Recommended: Grades 4-6
  • 8 Week Course begins September 18 (no class October 9)
  • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Member Price: $120
  • Non-Member Price: $150

Junior High / High School Writing – Kim Firmston

Students will review the basics of sentence structure, spelling, and grammar then jump into tenses, points of view, character development, world building, and description. Students will explore creative writing, poetry, the main types of essays and articles, as well as a variety of other writing styles in an entertaining way using a variety of mediums and media.

  • Beginner and Intermediate Writers
  • 8 Week Course begins September 21
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Member Price: $120
  • Non-Member Price: $150

Understanding and Creating Comics – Sebastien Ringuette

Do you love to draw? Do you love to write? Enter the world of comics and be forced to choose between the two no longer! Comics, or ‘Sequential Art’, is the quintessential amalgamation of drawing and writing that doesn’t require you to be a master of either! Learn how to create your own comics from start to finish, including everything from character design and pacing, to story structure and script-writing. Develop and discover the artistic styles of a cartoonist, your inner comedian, and how to love your own work. Learn how to self-publish your works and how to bring them to the world! Cartooning is a world of trial and error, so expect to spend as much time writing and drawing as possible. (Occasionally we pause to breathe.)

  • Junior High / High School
  • 8 Week Course begins September 21
  • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Member Price: $120
  • Non-Member Price: $150

 

Why Choose AWCS Homeschool Writing Courses?

  • Our teachers have years of teaching experience. All our teachers have worked with children and in their professions for a number of years. They are passionate writers who care about sharing their knowledge with the next generation and do so in unique and entertaining ways.  They are also police record checked to ensure student safety.

    All children deserve an education that meets their needs. Our teachers have experience working with children with learning disabilities and other unique learning needs. Please feel free to discuss what your child needs to make their learning valuable.

    You have control over what level of education your child takes. If you feel your child is writing at a higher or lower level than their grade, you have the opportunity to put them in the class that best meets their needs. We want our students to succeed!

    We have three sessions, Fall, Winter, and Spring, and each of our writing sessions are different! So if your child took the Fall writing course and enjoyed it, they can continue in the Winter and Spring writing courses without fear of boredom. This allows your child to get a top quality language arts education all year long. We want our students to grow and build on their experiences.

    We are responsive. If there is a need in the home school community for a language based class such as poetry, movie making, non-fiction/essay writing, or the like – let us know, and if there is enough interest, we will find a teacher and book it. If there is something your child needs to accomplish in their learning plan that isn’t being met at home, talk to your AWCS homeschool teacher and they can find a way to work it into their curriculum. If you have an idea to make our program better, share it! We love to listen.

    We cover the Alberta Curriculum outcomes of study. In our writing courses we cover the six English Language Arts outcomes: listen, speak, read, write, view and represent. If you are following the Alberta Curriculum, you can feel confident that this will be fulfilled in your child’s learning.

    We have a zero bullying policy. In our classes your children are safe to discover, make mistakes, and learn with freedom.

    Your child will need a notebook, pens/pencils, and a folder for handouts. If they need a laptop/tablet they are welcome to bring that too.

     

    For more information on any of these programs, please contact Youth Program Director, Kim Firmston, at firmstonwriting@gmail.com