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"Spies in the Universe" Starts Soon! 

There are a few spots left in my next online writing class, which begins August 25! 

As a reminder, I will be offering two online writing classes this Fall (descriptions and dates listed below). These classes use a popular educational platform called Schoology, a private, secure Facebook-like environment that allows for a lot of interaction between class members and myself. Within a six-week format, student can work at their own pace to complete writing activities and participate in class discussions (on average 1-2 hours of work per week). Age recommendation is 8 - 13. 
If your homeschool group would like to enroll in an online class together, please contact me at and I will make special arrangements to fit the needs and schedule of your group.

Fees are $90/class, with a sibling discount. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see some of your kids this Fall!

Jennifer Trafton

Spies in the Universe

Online class: August 25 - October 3

"Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it." Those are the words of a famous American poet named Mary Oliver, and this class is about learning how to be a spy. Being a good writer doesn't start with your words. Being a good writer starts with your eyes and ears and nose and fingers. So in this class we learn how to be spies in the universe, paying close attention to the world around us, finding astonishment in ordinary things, and using some basic writing tools to "paint" pictures with words. This is a fun, interactive, hands-on introduction to a writer's way of looking at the world.

Note: This class is an adapted version of the former "Painting with Words" class. Students who took the older class will encounter some overlap in activities.

Visit the Sleeping Giant website for more information.

Stories of Magic & Wonder

Online class: October 27 - December 12

This six-week fiction-writing class is perfect for lovers of fantasy and fairy tales. We will build our own worlds, draw maps, create fantastical creatures, send heroes on perilous quests, and write stories that are as wild and wonder-full as the kids' imaginations can make them—all while learning the basic elements of story structure. 

Because this class focuses on building a single story, from start to finish, students can retake the class at a discount in order to work on a different story.

Visit the Sleeping Giant website for more information.
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