My primary goal is to aid in the development of a happy and confident writer. As parents and educators, we tend to treat writing as if it's an academic subject to be tackled, but it's foremost an art form and one of the most important ways we express ourselves creatively. My approach to coaching children in writing is done with this thought in mind.
I firmly believe the mechanics of writing should be developed separately from a child's original writing. Helping kids find their voice can't be accomplished if we bog them down with rules and create fear. Kids need permission to make mistakes, which is why I do not review work for spelling, grammar or any other type of mistakes or issues. We share our work verbally with each other, focusing on our strengths rather than weaknesses.
Writing can feel hard for kids, but it doesn't have to be that way! I explore writing by going OUTSIDE the lines and encourage children to consider what constitutes writing in new and fun ways.
Many of my classes are multi-aged opportunities. I endeavor to meet kids where they are in their writing life! Generally, I try to accommodate a wide range of ages whenever possible.
If a workshop or class series has an age limitation placed on it, you will find that information posted on its listing.
Talk to me about it! You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to discuss any concerns you may have about your child attending. In my experience, my classes work for MOST kids. Kids are capable of so much more than we sometimes give them credit.
It is rare for a class to be canceled, but a minimum of 4 students must be registered for most classes to hold. Students should be registered for class no later than 2 days before a scheduled class. Notification of cancellation will be sent via email the day before a scheduled class if it doesn’t make.
Life happens! If you need to cancel for a class, your class fee can be refunded or applied as a credit for a future class. You choose. However, communication is essential. Please let me know your child won't be attending ahead of time, so the class isn't held back waiting on them to arrive.
I'm not currently available for tutoring.