Writers in Residence Volume 2: Journeyman

From: $72.00 / month for 8 months

Note: This course contains explicit Christian content.

Grades: 6th and up

Live class: Wednesdays 1:30–2:30 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 29th–May 8th

Price:  $499

Instructor: Heather A. Eades

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Course Description

Course Description

Building on the knowledge established in Writers in Residence vol. 1 Apprentice, Volume 2 Journeyman picks up the language arts learning where students left off. With even more high-interest projects for older students (or advanced younger students), this class will serve as a writers’ group, where students will become a part of a writing community, sharing their work with one another in a fun and encouraging, safe environment. Led by a professional writer/editor as their writing coach, this class provides growing writers with an audience for their work, guided instruction and targeted feedback on each stage of the writing process, and further equips students to become authentic writers, critical thinkers, and excellent peer reviewers. *Students who have not completed WIR vol. 1 should be able to understand the basic parts of speech and how they function in a sentence, and be able to write a basic, multi-paragraph essay before taking this course.


This class geared toward older middle schoolers/jr. highers will focus on the art of writing well, maturing students in both skill and confidence through:

  • Creating authentic writing shaped by instructor feedback and peer reviewers.
  • Purposeful writing assignments (including researching a science report with citations, an argument essay, poetry, and a fantasy story!).
  • Interactive, engaging skill builders and in-class games to solidify grammar learning.
  • Becoming an active, critical reader who studies the craft of expert writers.
  • Continued risk-taking and experimentation in writing to discover and develop one’s God-given voice.
  • Revising, shaping and polishing drafts.
  • Writing with the reader in mind and sharing their work in a group setting.
  • Developing the skills of both giving and receiving feedback in a positive, useful, and encouraging manner.


While students will not receive actual letter grades for their writing assignments, as your student’s writing coach, I will provide instruction and guidance, as well as targeted feedback on each draft of the writing assignments, helping students to utilize the rubrics in the course text in the evaluation process.  Emphasis on all writing will be on the strengths and weaknesses of each student’s work, encouraging personal progress and growth in all areas of language arts development.


Required Text: Writers in Residence Volume 2 (Journeyman)

(This text contains explicit Christian content.)

Instructor Bio

Heather A. Eades

Mrs. Eades is a creative, fun-loving teacher, passionate about helping students discover and develop their creative gifts through writing and the arts. Heather A. Eades has over 20 years of experience as both a professional editor and freelance writer, and has enjoyed teaching art and writing to homeschoolers for the past 7 years. She holds an M.A. in Education with certification in Early Literacy Instruction, a B.A. in the Visual Arts and English, and is also a homeschooling mama of 2 who has enjoyed using the Writers in Residence/Readers in Residence series with her own teen and preteen. 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, part of the editorial team for Apologia Educational Ministries, and currently serves as editor of online course content for Colorado Christian University.


Required Texts

Writers in Residence Volume 2 (Journeyman)


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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.

All classes taught by Heather A. Eades