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

SPRING SEMESTER  – REGISTER TODAY!

Weird History with Erin Vance
Learn writing skills useful in English and Social Studies while discovering some wacky, wild, and downright extraordinary history. Inspired by the podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class and the book Rejected Princesses, we’ll look at how people went to the toilet in Shakespeare’s time, the fates of Ireland’s Bog Bodies, and disasters like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, plus more!. Weird History will be a celebration of the odd and unusual things that make us deeply human, deeply flawed, and deeply fascinating (The Great Emu War, anyone?).

  • 8 Week Course
  • April 8 – June 3 (No class on April 22 & May 20)
  • 10:30 AM – 12 PM
  • All ages
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

Beginning Writing with Kim Firmston
Do you have a young one who is just beginning to read and write or an older elementary youth who is struggling with these skills? Join us for a great adventure through sentence and story construction, spelling, printing, and grammar in this really fun class that will help reinforce the basics every child needs.

  • 8 Week Course
  • April 8 – June 3 (No class on April 22 & May 20)
  • 10:30 AM – 12 PM
  • Elementary grades
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

Plunging into Poetry with Erin Vance
Learn some poems, write some poetry, and take a look at the lives of some of our most outrageous poets (before Lady Gaga, dadaist poet, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven wore bird costumes and tomato cans, and Edgar Allen Poe died under circumstances as ominous and odd as his own poetry). This class will combine history, literature, and most of all, experimenting with poetry through games and exercises!

  • 8 Week Course
  • April 8 – June 3 (No class on April 22 & May 20)
  • 1-2:30
  • All ages
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

Eight Week Novel with Kim Firmston
Want to write a novel or just learn how to tackle a large project? This is the course for you! Learn character, plot, editing, and more!

  • 8 Week Course
  • April 8 – June 3 (No class on April 22 & May 20)
  • 1 – 2:30 PM
  • Grades 5-12*
    (*or younger if the student is an advanced writer)
  • Member Price: $180
  • Non-Member Price: $225

 

FOR MORE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES visit our PD Day Workshops and Camps!

 

WINTER SEMESTER

REGISTER FOR THE WINTER SEMESTER HERE – Half course pricing now in effect!

Novel Writing with Kim Firmston
Want to write a novel or just learn how to tackle a large project? This is the course for you! Learn novel writing, character and world building, editing, critiquing, and how to woo a publisher or publish your own book.

  • 8 Week course
  • Grades 5-12
  • Jan 21 – March 18 (No class on Feb 18)
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Member Price: $90 (half course pricing)
  • Non-Member Price: $112.50 (half course pricing)

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

  • 8 Week course
  • Elementary Grades
  • Jan 21 – March 18 (No class on Feb 18)
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Member Price: $90 (half course pricing)
  • Non-Member Price: $112.50 (half course pricing)

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: $90 (half course pricing)
  • Non-Member Price: $112.50 (half course pricing)

 

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