Overview

Welcome to The Denim Beret:  a writing school for teens.  I offer an intensive, two-level curriculum in non-fiction writing for secondary students, as well as systematic grammar and preparatory literature.  My mission is to fill in the gaps I see in the typical language arts program by focusing on fundamental concepts that are often ignored or hurried.

STUDENTS SERVED:
Students 11 years old and up; must be working at a 6th-grade level or above

SERVICES OFFERED:
Correspondence/independent study courses:
Before Papers Come Paragraphs:  A Beginner’s Writing Course
Before Epics Come Essays:  An Intermediate’s Writing Course
Grammar Matters:  A Traditional Study for Beginners and Intermediates

Live courses:
Grammar Matters I:  A Traditional Study for Beginners
Before Papers Come Paragraphs:  A Beginner’s Writing Course
Before Great Books Come Groundwork:  A Preparatory Literature Course

Mentoring:
This is an individualized service that provides guidance to students on various writing projects of their choice–starting at $25/1000 words (see registration page for more information).  Includes both fiction and non-fiction.

Tutoring:
Students may request online traditional tutoring in any English sub-discipline–$40/hour

LOCATION:
The Denim Beret is a virtual program that uses Google technology, including Gmail (email), Drive (document exchange), Classroom (educational platform), and Hangout (video calls and instant messaging).  Students may live anywhere in the world.  Denim Beret students have come from all over the United States and as far as the South Pacific.

SCHEDULE:
The correspondence courses are offered year-round.  Students work with deadlines in the courses, but mentoring and tutoring are completely self-paced.  Live classes begin in late August.

DENIM BERET’S ROLE IN A FULL-LOAD CURRICULUM:
The Denim Beret writing and literature courses are intensive and challenging and therefore should be incorporated into the student’s core curriculum. The grammar courses should be considered a supplement to a language arts program.  Students who need only a supplemental course in writing should consider completing a few lessons a la carte to address certain weaknesses.  Alternatively, they may enroll in the mentoring or tutoring program instead.