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Sigmund Brouwer Academy for Writers

Sigmund Brouwer's Academy for Writers

The Academy for Writers curriculum is driven by the importance of motivation. When your child has a great story to share, he or she is willing to do the work that writing requires. By putting those stories on paper, your child's literacy skills improve quickly. Each lively and entertaining video is 5-10 minutes long, with suggested activities to take up another 30 minutes or so. It means you can turn your living room into a classroom situation, and schedule the lessons at your convenience.

New lessons will be released on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week.

Section 1: Lessons on developing a story (daydreaming and structuring a story before you write a word)

1. How to use stories to have fun messing with people
2. Making sure every story is appropriate for the intended audience
3. Going into a story with a specific (and fun) goal
4. How to get amazing ideas for a story
- Supporting PDFs: Clan Chapter 1 & The Tea Potty
5. The easiest way to begin any story
- Supporting PDFs: Timberwolf Revenge & 4 digit Supercode
6. Story grabbers
- Supporting PDF: Rebel Glory
7. How to make sure your reader stays hooked the entire story


Section 2: 
Lessons on putting the story onto paper (the cool delivery system of the alphabet)

8. Writing is a way to take control of someone's thoughts!
9. The difference between story and writing — why you want to be good at both
10. The fun of choosing Story Ninja words
- Supporting eBook document: Shroud of the Lion 
11
Descriptive words have two purposes — you get to mess with your readers's emotions
- Supporting PDF: The Orphan King
12. Take the pain out of writing with one very simple trick
- Supporting PDF: Interview Questions
13. Why worry about mistakes? (for now)
- Supporting PDF: Gilded Saber eBook link
14. Why it's not your fault when you mess up with spelling


Section 3: 
Lessons on editing and revising (the better your writing looks, the more readers enjoy your story)

15. The difference between editing and revising
- Supporting PDFs: Mind Melders Lion
16. Use the cool-down process to make edits and revisions a snap
17. Hang on. You mean we don't need to edit EVERYTHING?
- Supporting PDF: Assiniboia
18. Turn the editing process into a game.
- Supporting eBook document: Chute Roll
19. How a bracelet can help your story make total sense
20. Oh right. That spelling thing.
- Supporting eBook document: Cliff Dive
21. Meaning what you say, and saying what you mean.


Section 4:
Seven Story Ninja Moves To Your Own Story (now you get to use all your story ninja tricks)

22. Take Your Snapshot (who, what, where, when)
Extra lesson. Reading the rest of the story
- Supporting PDF: Justine McKeen and the Bird Nerd
23. Begin the Xs and Os elimination contest (easy way to structure a story through daydreaming)
- Supporting PDF: Worksheet
24. Bead Your Bracelet (sequence the events)
- Supporting PDF: Worksheet
25. Turn Your Bracelet into A Caterpillar (give your story legs by adding detail)
26. Quack, Quack, Quack (rehearse the story before writing a single word)
27. Slop, Slop, Slop (don't worry about mistakes in your first draft)
28. Polish, Polish, Polish (great hacks to editing a story)
- Supporting PDF: Seven Steps to a Great Story

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