Creative Composition 1 (Beginning Writing)

From: $72.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 5th and up

Live class: Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 28th-May 7th

Price: $499

Instructor: Heather A. Eades

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“Keep your readers reading!” That’s the number one goal of writing, and the number one skill students will learn how to do upon completion of this beginning writing course, designed for middle schoolers and beyond. Through creative, low-stress, personally meaningful writing assignments, students will discover and develop their own voices on paper, while engaging their readers from beginning to end. Based around program author Debra Bell’s curriculum, Writers in Residence vol. 1 Apprentice, this course introduces students to building strong, descriptive sentences and clear, focused paragraphs, constructing them into interesting and informative 5-paragraph essays and fantastical short stories by the end of the year.

Course Structure

Over the 32-weeks of this course, our weekly online class meetings will serve as a writers’ group, where budding writers will learn and grow in their writing skills through lively group discussions, virtual skill-builders, and thematic games. Our writers’ group meetings also develop students’ presentation and public speaking skills, as writers are encouraged (never forced) to share their work with one another in this positive, encouraging, and safe environment. Assignments for the week are posted each Wednesday on our course page, with daily reading/writing homework given (approximately 30-45 minutes per day), and a weekly writing assignment due Tuesday before our next class meeting.

Who should enroll?

This class is geared towards middle school and junior high students, struggling writers, or older writers with little-to-no formal writing instruction/training. It is a perfect fit for creative and/or artistic students, or students who have previously struggled with a strictly formulaic writing program.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will receive specific feedback on their work the Friday following each class meeting. While students will not receive letter grades for their writing assignments, each weekly assignment is marked as complete or incomplete, and a numbered score provided on a reviewer’s rubric for each final draft of projects for your records. However, as your student’s writing coach, I will provide individualized instruction and guidance, as well as targeted feedback on each stage of the writing assignments, utilizing the rubrics in the course text. Emphasis on all writing will be on the strengths and weaknesses of each student’s work, encouraging personal progress and growth, with the end result being a strong writing portfolio which demonstrates excellent composition achievement for the year.


I will confirm registration with parents and provide a welcome email. All parents are welcome to join us in Canvas as observers and I respond to parents promptly via email or Canvas message.

Required Texts

Writers in Residence Volume 1, Apprentice ISBN:1940110300


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Instructor Bio

Heather A. Eades

Heather Eades is a homeschooling mama-writer of two, who enjoys wearing multiple hats. With over twenty years of professional experience in publishing as both a writer and editor, her specialty has become designing and implementing creative curriculum and educational “fun-tivities” for all ages. And while she continues to work as a freelance writer/editor by night, by day she is passionate about homeschooling, teaching her own and other students in their homeschooling community.

Heather earned her B.A. in Visual Art and English from Otterbein College in Westerville, OH many moons ago, and recently completed her M.A. in education from the University of Colorado, along with certification in Early Literacy Instruction. She has served as an editor for SRA/McGraw-Hill, Inc., editor/writer for Group Publishing, Inc., columnist for F& W Publishing’s Memory Makers Magazine, writer for The Mailbox Magazine and books, and currently is part of the editorial team for Apologia Educational Ministries. She also holds 7 years of formal classroom teaching experience. She has loved combining both her education, experiences and her passion for the subject matter, teaching innovative art and writing classes over the past 6 years at a local homeschool co-op, a creative arts-based ministry, and also from her own home, for students K—jr. high. This past school year she especially enjoyed using Writers in Residence with her own middle graders.

In her spare time, Heather loves to laugh, exercise, help her husband volunteer in jr. high youth ministry at their church, and can be found consuming obscene amounts of coffee.

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