Free class: “Ten Stumbling Blocks to Writing”

At homeschool conferences, one of my favorite workshop presentations is Ten Stumbling Blocks to Writing. I love sharing practical ways parents can help their children overcome the obstacles that stand between them and the blank page—including laziness, perfectionism, and lack of motivation. has been presenting a great lineup of FREE online classes this summer, the last of which is “Ten Stumbling Blocks.” Not only will you hear the audio, but if you’re a visual learner, you’ll also enjoy watching examples and demonstrations on a helpful, colorful PowerPoint.

Class Details

Workshop: Ten Stumbling Blocks to Writing
Presenter: Kim Kautzer, WriteShop
Date: Tuesday, August 31
Time: 2 PM EDT/1 PM CDT/noon MDT/11 AM PDT
Cost: FREE
To Register: HomeschoolBlogger Free Classes
Webinar Description: “I hate writing!” Is this the cheerful response you get when you give your kids an assignment? Then you’ll want to find out ten common stumbling blocks to writing and discover what students need in order to overcome their anxiety, fear, or lack of confidence. Learn how the steps of the writing process can actually motivate your most reluctant children, and gain tips and tools for encouraging their success.

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

    JoJo Tabares

    I love writing! Hard to believe anyone would not like it, yet there are so many who don’t. My own dd hated it til I found her writing hot button. Now she’s pretty good at it! Go share, Kim! Bring out all those reluctant writers! They might just have something wonderful to say!

  • Posted August 27, 2010


    Thanks, JoJo!

    Oh, and I’m curious: What was your daughter’s writing “hot button”?

  • Posted September 22, 2010

    Julie Grant

    Hey Kim – Finally had a chance to watch the “Ten Stumbling Blocks” video on website.

    Decided you use one of your “games” this morning as we got started with school. (I had to stop my husband from playing so the kids would have a turn!) We used, “It moved.”….here’s what we ended up with:

    It moved.
    The catepillar moved.
    The catepillar danced.
    The tiny purple catepillar danced.
    The tiny purple catepillar danced in Chicago.
    The tiny purple catepillar disco danced in Chicago!

    You make writing more fun! Thanks for all the ideas!

  • Posted September 22, 2010


    Oh, goodness, Julie! This is amazingly fun–wish I’d thought of it! Thank you so much for taking time to share it with me. I just love it.

    Maybe I’ll do a blog post and use this example. Would that be OK?

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