Hi, my name is Emily Wilford. I’m sixteen years old (and totally NOT the sassy teenager my mother claims I am). Hailing from Iowa, I come from a rather large (aka LOUD) family of six kids, of which I am the oldest. I have been homeschooled since day one, and love the hands-on learning that homeschooling provides!
During the past few years, I have come to enjoy Latin, Shakespeare, and a wide variety of literature, as well as the meaningful friendships gained through my classes. In my (precious little) free time, I love to draw, read, and listen to music. I also enjoy camping, horseback riding, and ballroom dancing! Youth trips with my church are my favorite part of summer, and in the winter months, there is nothing better than to hide away with a good book and a warm blanket!
This last semester, I enrolled in a writing course through True North Homeschool Academy. Titled “Writing Club for Awesome People,” this course has not only been beneficial but also a total blast!
Every first and third Friday of the month, class commences with a unique creative writing prompt. Each student speed-writes whatever first comes to their mind. It is amazing how varied the responses are from a single prompt! Next, we dive into the lesson. We have studied a great variety of subjects, including (but not limited to): rhyme, sketch comedy, dialogue, setting, parallelism, and songwriting. This diversity has sharpened each point, as well as my writing as a whole.
To wrap up class, a few students read whatever writing they’ve been working on during the week. They are offered both encouragement and critique, as well as suggestions and ideas. It is enormously beneficial having not only a captive audience but a skilled and like-minded one to listen to and assess one’s writing!
There are four reasons why I have enjoyed this class.
- First, it has improved my writing skills- both creative and technical. Amid all the do’s and don’ts of good writing, tips and tricks are mixed in, all resulting in academic growth. The abilities I’ve developed over this short semester will stay with me for many, many years to come.
- Second, it has broadened my scope in creative writing. This class has encouraged me to try new styles and genres- I would never have thought to write a poem on my own!
- Third, this class has rekindled my love for writing. Often in my free time, I now feel the urge to elaborate and work on my stories- I had forgotten how much fun writing could be!
- Fourth, I’ve made some fantastic friends. It is so fun to be in a class with other middle/high school kids who love to write! They always have a book to recommend, encouragement to offer, and tips to suggest.
In conclusion, I would like to encourage you to consider taking a course from True North Homeschool Academy. Gaining experience, making friends, growing in knowledge…what could be better?
Interested in joining the True North Homeschool Academy Writing Club? Check it out here.
Emily Wilford is a sixteen-year-old homeschool student. She lives in Iowa, which is always either really hot or really stinkin’ cold. She really likes a lot of stuff, so trust me, I’m sparing you by only listing writing, mythology, Tae Kwon Do, horses, procrastinating, theater, and gazebos. You can usually find her reading a book while hiding in her natural habitat (aka under a blanket), and if not there, she’s probably trying to wrangle her five siblings (it never works, btw). She loves to sketch and listen to music, too; it’s truly amazing she ever gets anything done! Also, she finds it really weird to write about herself in third person.