Collaborative learning happens at the AWCS Homeschool programs

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

2020 Winter Semester – REGISTER TODAY!

 
Building Worlds with Words with Suzy Vadori
 
Building Believable Worlds is key in both creative writing and non-fiction to immersing your reader. In this interactive course, we’ll travel to places in this world and beyond to explore what makes a well-rounded setting, including habitat, language, traditions, currency and political systems. We’ll experiment with including these elements in fiction, as well as essay writing, newspaper articles and more.
 
  • 8 Week Course
  • Jan 20 – March 16 (no class Feb 17)
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Grades 5-12

Writer’s Workshop with Debbie Schotanus 

This program is based on the idea that students learn to write best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time, and on topics of their own choosing. To develop skills, they require ownership of their writing, guidance from an experienced writer, and support from a community of fellow writers. Writer’s Workshop will include mini-lessons on punctuation, grammar, spelling and style, writing/conferring time, and sharing 2-3 “published” pieces. 

  • 8 Week Course
  • Jan 20 – March 16 (no class Feb 17)
  • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Grades 3-9

Headline News with Simon Rose

Take a look at journalism and discover just what exactly goes into creating
a newspaper. Just as the plot of a novel has a beginning, middle and end, a news story has a headline, lead, body, and conclusion. Participants create examples of newspaper writing, such as news stories, attention grabbing headlines, advertising, book and movie reviews, articles on topics such as celebrity gossip, entertainment news, fashion, sports, lifestyle, recipes, real estate, and more.

  • 8 Week Course
  • Jan 20 – March 16 (no class Feb 17)
  • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Grades 6-12

 

Year-long Evening Classes

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

 

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