We’re teachers. We’re professional writers. AND we’re parents. So we get it. Some kids can write a 17-page journal entry without coming up for air. Other students would rather clean a bathroom as write a single paragraph. Writing is a joy for some—but painful for others.

Yet, writing is one of life’s most valuable skills. Like it or not, we are often judged based on our ability to express ourselves well. And like it or not, doors to future opportunities for our children may open or close, based on their writing skills.

That’s why we created our writing skills workshops! Sherry Parnell and I are both published authors with years of experience teaching writing to young people. We love what we do! Our passion is not only to equip our students with solid writing skills, but also to inspire them to enjoy the process along the way.

It may encourage you to know that even if your child is not a natural writer, writing is a skill much like playing a sport or a musical instrument. Writing skills can be learned by most anyone. And the process can be fun! Through storytelling, group collaboration, and interactive activities, children can learn some of the secrets professional writers use to make their writing a pleasure to read. School papers can become as much fun to read and write as a mystery novel!

Additionally, research has shown repeatedly that students can lose as much as 30% of their prior school year learning over the summer.[1]  This includes a loss of the critical reading and writing skills your child needs to succeed. Regretfully, the ability to think critically is a skill that is disappearing from our classrooms. We want to help you put your child in the best position for success by teaching them these valuable skills. Our unique writing workshops will introduce students to analytical and creative writing techniques. Students will learn to think critically and organize their thoughts into clear, cohesive ideas. And they will learn to express themselves in ways that make their writing a pleasure to read!

We’ll reveal a few of our secrets in our upcoming workshops…!

[1] Atteberry, A., & McEachin, A. (2016). School’s out: Summer learning loss across grade levels and school contexts in the United States today.  In Alexander, K., Pitcock, S., & Boulay, M. (Eds). Summer learning and summer learning loss, pp35-54. New York: Teachers College Press.