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! (Subsidies available to families in need).

Lunch Time Supervision Available! – For an additional fee, your child can stay for the day and enjoy a fun filled lunch hour.

  • Member Price: $80 / per session
  • Non-Member Price: $100 / per session

FALL SESSION

Create Your Own Fairy Tale with Maraya Loza Koxahn

Call it a fairy tale, call it a fantasy, call it science fiction. Whatever time period, setting and characters you choose, you’re going to write a story that’s NOT true and to illustrate it. There will be a hero and a villain; there will be suspense, surprises and magic; and, as in all good stories, there will be a lesson learned. What will yours be?

  • Eight Week course
  • Elementary grades
  • Sept 24- Nov 19 (no class Oct 8)
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

Eight Week Novel with Kim Firmston

Want to write a novel, attempt NaNoWriMo, or just learn how to tackle a large project? This is the course for you!

  • Eight Week course
  • Grades 5-12
  • Sept 24- Nov 19 (no class Oct 8)
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

Exploring Poetry with Selina Clary
Explore literary devices, read poetry, and write your own. Students will not only learn to be more expressive in writing, but speaking as well.

  • Eight Week course
  • Elementary Grades
  • Sept 24- Nov 19 (no class Oct 8)
  • 1:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

Legends, Mythology, and Folklore with Erin Vance
Hear some great stories, learn how mythology, legends, folklore fit into our collective landscape, and try your hand at creating one of your own

  • Eight Week course
  • Junior High/ HIgh School
  • Sept 24- Nov 19 (no class Oct 8)
  • 1:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

December Intensives
One day – One topic – All Ages! Lunchtime supervision included.

Poetry with Pizzazz – Maraya Loza Koxahn
Create a variety of poems, give gentle feedback, practice re-writing and speaking your poems out loud, then compile a book of poems for your first masterpiece.

  • Monday Dec 3, 10:30-2:30
  • Member Price: $60
  • Non-Member Price: $75

Dungeons and Dragons with Kim Firmston
Learn problem solving skills, teamwork, character building, and story arc in this fantasy storytelling game. No experience required.

  • Monday Dec 10, 10:30-2:30
  • Member Price: $60
  • Non-Member Price: $75

 

WINTER SESSION

Legends, Mythology, and Folklore with Erin Vance

Hear some great stories, learn how mythology, legends, folklore fit into our collective landscape, and try your hand at creating one of your own

  • Eight week course
  • Elementary Grades
  • Jan 21 – March 18 (No class on Feb 18)
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

Focus on Non-Fiction with Selina Clary

Learn the basics of essays writing. Try your hand at academic essays, personal essays, book reports, then take this genre further into other formats such as travel writing, journalism, and so much more.

  • 8 Week Course
  • Junior High/High School
  • Jan 21 – March 18 (No class on Feb 18)
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

Exploring Poetry with Selina Clary

Explore literary devices, read and analyse poetry, and write your own. Students will not only learn to be more expressive in writing, but speaking as well.

  • 8 Week Course
  • Junior High/High School
  • Jan 21 – March 18 (No class on Feb 18)
  • 1:00 – 2:30 PM
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

Writing through Women in History with Kim Firmston

Explore both non-fiction and fiction writing while journeying into the past searching for the awesome women who have made an impact on the history of the world.

  • 8 Week Course
  • All Ages
  • Jan 21 – March 18 (No class on Feb 18)
  • 1:00 – 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.

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 are happier on a laptop/tablet they are welcome to bring that too.

Group Bookings are available. Contact us for details or to schedule your group.

For more information on any of these programs, please contact Youth Program Director, Kim Firmston, at kfirmston@alexandrawriters.org