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!

Please Note: We are currently seeking Youth Instructors for our spring youth writing camps. See our Teaching Opportunities page for details.

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 or download our 2018 Youth & Homeschool Brochure (PDF).

 

Understanding and Creating Comics for Elementary & Junior High

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.)

  • Semester: Winter
  • Level: Elementary and Junior High
  • 8 Week Course begins January 24 (no class March 14)
  • 10:30 AM – 12 PM
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

Focus on Non-Fiction Writing for Junior & Senior High School Writers

Learn the basics of academic essays, personal essays, and how to transfer your non-fiction writing to other formats such as advertising, travel writing, journalism, and personal response to text.

  • Semester: Winter
  • Level: Junior and Senior High School
  • 8 Week Course begins January 24 (no class March 14)
  • 1 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

Plays And Oral Storytelling for Grades 1-5

Tell a story, create a play, act it all out! In this fun, on-your-feet class, the story arc comes to life and characters leap off the page.

  • Semester: Winter
  • Elementary Grades; Beginning Writers
  • 6 Week Course begins February 5 (no class February 19)
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Member Price: $135
  • Non-Member Price: $170

Plays and Scripting for Grades 6-12

Tell a story, create a script, turn it into a play, and act it out! In this fun, on-your-feet class, students make their own characters, learn script format, dialogue, and how to turn their ideas into a solid production.

  • Semester: Winter
  • 6 Week Course begins February 5 (no class February 19)
  • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Member Price: $135
  • Non-Member Price: $170

Focus on Essays for Junior & Senior High Students

Improve your essays through this six week, after-school class designed specifically for struggling junior and senior high students. Students enrolled in homeschool programs, or just those needing some extra homework help, are welcome to take this course.

  • Semester: Winter
  • Level: Junior and Senior High School
  • 6 Week Course begins February 5 (no class February 19)
  • 5 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Member Price: $135
  • Non-Member Price: $170

Writing for Beginner Elementary Writers

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

  • Semester: Spring
  • 6 Week Course begins April 9
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Member Price: $135
  • Non-Member Price: $170

Writing for Confident Elementary Writers

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

  • Semester: Spring
  • 6 Week Course begins April 9
  • 1 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Member Price: $135
  • Non-Member Price: $170

Taking Your Comics to the Next Level for Grades 4 & Up

For students already in the thick of making their own comics and comfortable with the basics, but for whom the ideas of ‘polishing’, ‘distributing’, and ‘publishing’ remain cloudy and out of reach. In this class, young cartoonists will work directly with a veteran web cartoonist with 10 years’ experience. Students will bring their work to class with the intention of sharing, refining, receiving guidance, solidifying their presentation, and taking the first steps on the road to putting their work into the world. This is a program for budding cartoonists who know what they want to make, and want it to be the best it can be.

  • Semester: Spring
  • 8 Week Course begins April 11
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

Creative Writing and Poetry for Junior & Senior High School

Get those creative juices flowing in this colourful class where we explore wonderful words used to create tantalizing text, suspenseful scripts, and perilous poetry. It’s a journey not to be missed!

  • Semester: Spring
  • 8 Week Course begins April 11
  • 1 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

 

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.

    Group Bookings also available. Contact us for details or to schedule.

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