ANNOUNCING! By popular demand, I will be offering two new writing classes beginning in January for middle school and high school students.

Has your child been writing regularly this semester? If you’re feeling like he or she needs more writing instruction, now’s your chance to enroll him or her into my effective writing class. My students write every week, learning practical techniques that will carry them through college and careers and help them to be more effective thinkers too.

Tuesdays at the Lapeer Free Methodist Church,  1621 N. Saginaw, Lapeer MI

DATES: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17

The IEW method is unmatched for teaching students who HATE to write to be competent and capable writers. If your child completes the homework, a clear improvement will be evident in the writing. He will get better! She may even learn to love writing! I’ve seen it happen!

Note: My classes are taught from a Christian perspective.

IEW Introductory Course (grades 6-10)  $150    1:30-2:30 pm

ONLY THREE SPOTS LEFT IN THIS CLASSIn 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.

IEW Intermediate Course (grades 7-12) $175   12:00-1:15 pm

In this intermediate writing course, students will review and practice the IEW writing techniques they have already learned. Over the course of 15 weeks, new stylistic techniques will be added to continually advance and improve the student’s writing. 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 (

High School students who have not had IEW instruction are welcome to take the Intermediate class. There will be a short video to watch before class.


Both courses will use a course packet that I have compiled. The cost is included in the course fee. You will need to provide a two-inch 3 ring binder for class. Students must also bring notebook paper, a highlighter, and pens to each class. A thesaurus is highly recommended. ALL ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE TYPED.

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

Which class should my student take?
Grade 6 – Take the Introductory course in all cases, even with prior IEW instruction.

Grades 11-12 – Has the student had any formal writing instruction?
         YES – Take the Intermediate course. 
        NO – Send a writing sample to Mrs. Wagner.

Grades 7-10 – Ask these questions:
           A – Does the student know how to create a KWO?
                     YES – go to Question B
                     NO – Take the Introductory course.
          B – Does the student know how to use the basic dress-ups consistently?
                     YES – Take the Intermediate course.
                     NO – Go to Question C
          C – Is the student in Grade 7 or 8?
                    YES – Take the Introductory course.
 NO – Go to Question D.
         D - Would a quick refresher be enough to enable the student to use the dress-ups consistently?
                    YES – Take the Intermediate course. Do a refresher before class begins.
                    NO – Take the Introductory course. 

All students must pay a non-refundable $10 deposit to hold a spot in the class. The deposit will be subtracted from your tuition. There is no registration fee, supply fee, or book to buy. All costs are included in tuition.

At least 8 students must enroll to ensure the class will be held. A maximum of 20 students will be accepted per class.

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


If you do not wish to pay the entire amount on the first day of classes, you may make payments throughout the semester. 

Two Payments – due dates are: January 9 and March 6

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.

Mail deposits to PO Box 179, Dryden MI 48428 or pay in person. Paying with paypal will incur an additional fee.

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

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