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Thursdays at Lapeer (Scroll down for class descriptions.)

11:30-12:20 Research Writing (gr 9-12)

12:30-1:20 pm IEW Intermediate (gr 8-12)

1:30-2:20 pm  IEW Introduction (gr 5-9)

All classes require a $10 copy fee that must be paid by July 3 to hold your place in the class. This enables me to prepare the copies before the first class.

Classes meet every Thursday at the Lapeer Free Methodist Church, 1621 N. Saginaw St., Lapeer.

Mark your calendars: August 29; September 5,12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12


11:30-12:20 Research Writing (gr 9-12)   $120 + $10 copy fee = $130 total

College success depends on excellent composition skills. Does your child have the necessary skills to write the research papers that will be required in college? Students will explore the process of academic research from the pre-writing stage to the revision stage. This class will walk students through the planning, development, and composition of a research report, step by step. Students will learn how to plan, develop, draft, and revise a research paper, as well as properly research the topic and document the facts in MLA format. Students will end the class prepared to write reports and research papers for high school and college assignments.

This class is recommended for all high school students at least once during their high school career, Students will benefit from repeating this class more than once in high school to ensure that both the research and writing processes are mastered.

This is not a “learn to write” class. Students must already be able to write a coherent paragraph. Students will need to bring a laptop to several class sessions. Students must have access to a printer.

This is a 12 week class. Class will not meet on: Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 12 (subject to change)

10/20 Update: We WILL have class on November 7th. We will NOT have class on November 14th. (This change ONLY affects Research Writing.)


Writing About Mythology (grades 9-12) CANCELED

Mighty heroes. Angry gods and goddesses. Cunning animals. Since the first people gathered around fires, mythology and folklore has been used as a way to make sense of humankind and our world. Beginning with an overview of mythology and different kinds of folklore, students will journey with ancient heroes as they slay dragons and outwit gods, follow fearless warrior women into battle, and watch as clever monsters outwit those stronger than themselves. They will explore the universality and social significance of myths and folklore, and see how these are still used to shape society today. We will be reading and writing about selections from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, as well as myths from several other cultures.


12:30-1:20 pm IEW Intermediate Composition (grades 8-12)    $150 + $10 copy fee = $160 total

In this intermediate writing course, students will review and practice IEW writing techniques they have already learned in a previous course. Over the course of 15 weeks, new stylistic techniques will be added to continually advance and improve the student’s writing. Students will be challenged to hone and perfect their writing skills. This course will cover IEW units 2-9 which includes both fiction and non-fiction writing assignments. Students will write 6 shorter pieces (two or three paragraphs), 4 five-paragraph essays, and one longer writing assignment. Students should already know how to create a Key Word Outline (KWO) and how to use the basic dress-ups consistently in writing: Quality Adjective, Strong Verb, -LY adverb, Who/Which clause, Because clause, Adverbial clauses ( (This class was last offered in January 2018.)


1:30-2:20 pm  IEW Introduction to Composition (grades 5-9)    $150 + $10 copy fee = $160 total

In this basic writing course, students will soon realize that the writing process is not as overwhelming as they imagine. Students learn practical techniques to improve sentence structure and word choice, creating a more polished composition. The concept of writing as being “too hard” changes because students now have the tools for success! Over the course of 15 weeks, students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics. Students need no prior writing experience (with or without IEW). We will cover 7 of the 9 IEW units in this foundational course. Every student can learn to write clearly and effectively with this method. (This class was last offered in January 2018.)


 Contemporary Literature and Writing (grades 6-9)  CANCELED

Whether you love to read or almost never pick up a book, you will enjoy this class. We will read a variety of contemporary young adult novels and become familiar with several genres. Students will respond to the literature in several ways including discussion, writing journals, projects, summaries, and critiques. We will approach the literature from a literary analysis perspective to study setting, plot, character, and theme. Reading and writing assignments will be included, as well as an oral book report.

We will be reading: short stories, When You Reach Me by Elizabeth Stead, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and a book of the student’s own choice. Students will need to obtain copies of the books on their own. Completing the reading assignments on time is required for class participation.


At least 8 students must enroll to ensure the class will be held. A maximum of 22 students will be accepted per class.

HOMEWORK WILL BE REQUIRED EVERY WEEK; plan to spend between 2-4 hours on writing homework each week. Note: My classes are taught from a Christian perspective.



Class fees are due two times throughout the semester $75 on August 29 and $75 on October 10. You may also pay the entire fee on the first day of class. IMPORTANT: Once paid, class fees are NON-refundable – even if you drop the class. I do not offer refunds under any circumstances. I will work with you on a payment plan if necessary, but I will rely on you to follow through on your agreement to pay since these classes pay my bills. At least 8 students must enroll to ensure the class will be held. A maximum of 22 students will be accepted.

Cash, checks, credit card, or paypal accepted.

I will work with you on other payment plans if necessary, but I will rely on you to follow through on your agreement to pay since these classes pay my bills.

Class fees are NON-refundable even if you drop the class. I do not offer refunds under any circumstances.

All costs are included in tuition EXCEPT the $10 copy fee which must be paid immediately after registering online to hold your place in class. Please pay this $10 fee after registering.

Payments may be mailed to PO Box 179, Dryden MI 48428 or pay in person. To pay with credit card or paypal, please contact me for an invoice. 

If you have any questions, please email or call/text 810-706-6293

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