Why Choose WriteAtHome?
Those who visit this blog regularly (thank you, by the way) know that I rarely use this space to promote the services of WriteAtHome. The purpose of the blog is to provide useful, entertaining material about writing and the English language.
But we at WriteAtHome are closing in on the start of another school year and we’d love to fill up the remaining slots in our courses, so today’s post is about why I think WriteAtHome is a great option for writing skills development.
1 WriteAtHome is worth the investment.
There are many less expensive writing curricula out there. I understand when a homeschooling family thinks twice about paying $400 or more for a writing program. But what you get with WriteAtHome is more than just a curriculum. You get a structured writing program plus a personal writing tutor. It’s the tutoring aspect of a WriteAtHome class that pushes up the cost. We have to pay our coaches. And trust me; they are worth every penny.
Think of it this way. Depending on your location, the going rate for a tutor is between $40-80 an hour. With a WriteAtHome annual course, you pay about $15 per week for not only services of a personal writing coach, but our full curriculum. And because it’s a web-based service, we come to you on your schedule.
2 WriteAtHome is guaranteed.
We think WriteAtHome is worth the investment, but we understand that it’s still an investment. That’s why we make sure there is no risk to you. If you don’t like what you get, we’ll refund your full tuition. We give you 100 days — more than three months — to consider the value of an annual course. Thirty days for an 8-week workshop. If in that time, you don’t think WriteAtHome is all it’s cracked up to be, just let us know. We’ll withdraw your student and return your money. Simple.
And if you need to drop out of a class at some point in the year we’ll prorate your tuition. Our commitment is that every WriteAtHome family gets their money’s worth. No risk.
We make these promises, by the way, because we can. WriteAtHome works. We’ve seen it work with thousands of young people for more than ten years. We know there will be a handful whose expectations we don’t meet each year, but the vast majority with see their writing skills grow, and in some cases, their love of writing too.
3 WriteAtHome employs a proven method.
If you wanted to get better at a musical instrument — say the accordion — what would you do? I bet you’d get an accordion and find an accordion teacher. You’d sign up for regular classes, probably weekly.
If you wanted to get better at some athletic activity — say badminton — what would you do? You’d probably find a beginners badminton class or team. You’d find someone to help you with badminton strategy and technique and you’d practice.
You see where I’m going. Writing isn’t a content subject like biology or U.S. history. It’s a foundational skill. It’s a craft like accordion playing or badminton. It’s complex and subjective and the only way to improve is through some combination of instruction and practice.
And that, of course, is what WriteAtHome provides — weekly instruction on some aspect of writing, and the opportunity to practice under the tutelage of a patient, encouraging, experienced writing coach. It’s a simple approach, but we firmly believe it’s the most effective approach in the world.
Writing practice is necessary, but writing practice with a gifted coach guiding and pushing you along the way is just the best way to grow as a writer.
I’ve been teaching high school English in one form or another for more than twenty years, but I’ve put all four of my homeschooled daughters through the WriteAtHome program. They like it and they learn from it. My oldest daughter is starting college next week on a large scholarship. Her writing skills played an important role in that. Sure, maybe she inherited some writing sense from me. But whatever innate talent she has was developed under wonderful coaches in the WriteAtHome program. I didn’t just create it. I use it, too.
Have you decided what to do about writing this school year? If you haven’t, check out what we offer at WriteAtHome. It’s a risk-free investment you won’t regret.
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