Month: March 2008

What’s new with WriteShop Primary?

For those of you keeping up with the progress of WriteShop Primary (our upcoming K-2nd grade writing program), there's a lot happening behind the scenes! All lessons, table of contents, and appendix have been sent to David for layout. The pages look BEAUTIFUL! We're...

New trademarks for WriteShop!

Last year, we were awarded the registered trademark for WriteShop. It may not sound like that big a deal, but for us, well, what can I say? It's all such a wonder for two ordinary homeschool-moms-turned-authors-and-publishers! Anyway, we just got...

Deer skool…

WARNING! If you're a grammar, punctuation, or spelling pundit, you might break out in hives or a cold sweat. The rest of us will just break out in laughter! ūüôā   These are real absence excuse notes written by parents in (so I've heard) an Alabama school district....

Editing your kids’ writing: Speak the truth in love

Editing your kids’ writing: Speak the truth in love

The Parent Editor: Beauty or Beast? Grading or editing your kids' writing assignments can bring out the beast in the most agreeable parent. When a paper is filled with errors, it can be hard to see past the mistakes---especially if they crop up again and again. Yes,...

Paired adjectives spotted at museum

In my blog on Monday, I noted that occasionally we read about WriteShop users who skip the paired adjective instruction, complaining that it teaches stilted and unnatural writing. I find it rather amusing, because once you start looking for them, you discover paired...

Teach students to write historical fiction: Review of Family Fiction

Teach students to write historical fiction: Review of Family Fiction

Did you know historical fiction is growing on your family tree? Wouldn't it be fun to imagine what life was like for some of those interesting, often quirky relatives? Family Fiction, a reusable workbook from BrimWood Press, teaches students 10 and older how to make...

In defense of paired adjectives

Eye-catching and effective, paired adjectives make a colorful splash in the sea of prose.  From turn-of-the-century literature to modern Bible translations, and from New York Times bestsellers to Newsweek magazine, they have proven themselves a valuable addition to...

A writer’s alphabet | Writing habits and goals

A writer’s alphabet | Writing habits and goals

  A WRITER'S ALPHABET I will…   Accept feedback and suggestions   Brainstorm to get my ideas on paper   Create word pictures   Develop my narrative voices   Edit my writing   Find synonyms   Give my writing the time it deserves   Hone in on details   Imagine the...

It’s National Procrastination Week!

I'm sorry. I've been procrastinating. I have put off telling you that March 3-9 marks National Procrastination Week 2008, and with only two days left, you almost missed it. I thought about waiting till next week to tell you about it, but... [Wait, you say. Isn't this...