WriteShop Birthday Celebration: Sale and Giveaway
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WriteShop is celebrating a birthday!
Recently, I sat down with WriteShop’s Kim Kautzer for a fun Q & A! You’ll enjoy getting to know her, just as I have. (Scroll past the interview to learn more about our Birthday Sale!) ~Gina
Q: Have you always loved to write?
For the past 25-plus years, most of my writing has been instructional, whether developing my own homeschool unit studies, publishing curriculum, or blogging. But I used to do a lot of creative writing when I was younger. When my 2nd grade teacher published a story of mine in our school newsletter, I was bitten by the writing bug. I’ve always kept diaries and travel journals, and in the old days of snail mail, I was an avid letter writer. My grandma and I corresponded for years, from the time I was 8 or 9 until I got married!
Q: What’s a favorite book?
I love to read, so that’s a tough question! My favorite picture books are Millions of Cats and Where the Wild Things Are. As a child, I adored Betsy-Tacy, Nancy Drew, and Marguerite Henry’s horse books, especially Misty of Chincoteague. Hands down, though, To Kill a Mockingbird ranks as my favorite book of all time. [links to Amazon are affiliate links]
Q: You’re very active on Instagram. When did you develop a love of photography?
I’ve always been good about recording our family happenings on camera, even though I would never have called myself much of a photographer. In recent years, though, Instagram has become a creative outlet for me. Participating in a daily photo challenge has taught me to look at the world differently and to appreciate the smallest details. Writing is a lot like that. In a paragraph, a person can vividly capture the essence of one snapshot moment without needing to turn it into the Great American Novel.
Q: You mention in your Our Story page that you had a son who struggled with writing. How did that story end?
Ah, now that’s a good story! Ben was more than just a reluctant writer; he had some learning difficulties that made all academics hard for him. We did a lot of his schoolwork orally, since writing by hand was such a challenge. He had loads of ideas, but transferring those thoughts to paper caused him no end of grief. Acting as his scribe was the best thing I did for him—even when we were doing WriteShop I in 7th grade—as it enabled him to dislodge all the great ideas that were swirling around in his head. Even though he couldn’t put them on paper himself, they were still his words!
By the middle of high school, all the pieces began to fall into place for Ben. He grew into a voracious reader, developed a love for research through his involvement in our local homeschool speech and debate club, and became a strong writer. When he was 12, we couldn’t see that academic heart beating inside our son’s chest, so it was with great pride that we flew to England 18 years later to watch him receive his PhD in theology.
Q: What are some of your favorite WriteShop student success stories? I noticed one of your students has written for your blog.
The success stories are astounding. It’s always inspiring to hear about WriteShop students who have achieved advanced degrees and gone on to great academic heights to become engineers, educators, pastors, lawyers, medical doctors, and journalists. But some of my favorite stories come from ordinary moms who simply tell us how their struggling, reluctant, pencil-phobic kids have grown in confidence and skill … and who have even come to like writing!
This month WriteShop celebrates its 17th birthday!
In honor of this event, we are having a sale. Digital sets* are already discounted at 17% off.
Plus during our 17th Birthday Event, when you buy any set (digital or print) you may choose any one product from the Writing Extras category for free by using code 17years at checkout.
*WriteShop I & II bundles & videos are not available in digital format and are not part of the 17% off sale.
Enter to Win!
Five winners may choose any one WriteShop curriculum bundle or set*.
Notes: International parents are welcome to enter, but print products will be shipped only to USA addresses. Winners outside the USA will receive digital versions. Participation in this giveaway authorizes WriteShop to share your entry email address with the bloggers sponsoring this event. They will follow up with promotional emails, but you may unsubscribe at any time.
*Excludes WriteShop I Starter Pack and Video Course Sets
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