Registration for the 2019-20 school year will open on April 4, 2019.

All Classes are Full - Please register for waiting list.


Scribe Tutorials is offering six dynamic writing classes for the 2019-20 school year.


Foundations in Writing - 4 Courses Offered! 

using IEW's Ancient History-based Writing Lessons, Medieval History-based Writing Lessons, US History-based Writing Lessons, and New for 2019-20! World History-based Writing Lessons  by Lori Verstegen

These writing classes are designed for students grades 5 - 8 and for older students needing basic writing instruction. We will build on the foundational writing skills of note-taking and summarizing.  From this starting point, we will be learning and practicing a variety of composition forms: research reports, story critiques, narrative stories, and essays, including writing from prompts.  Students will have an opportunity to “play” with language – using strong words, vivid imagery, sophisticated sentence structures, and timely transitions.

Students receive weekly personalized feedback on their writing. 

The classes are interactive and lively. Students will participate in oral reading, vocabulary challenges, and small group activities.

Grammar work and vocabulary is covered. 


A literature component is included in the following classes:

  • Intermediate Foundations - Medieveal History-based Lessons     Required Texts
  • Advanced Foundations I - US History-based Lessons                  Required Texts 
  • Advanced Foundations II - World History-based Lessons             Required Texts

We will be reading and talking about award-winning children's literature. My goal is to engage the students in reading, introducing them to elements of literature without overburdening them with busy work. The addition of a literature component also means that the courses will cover all requirements for English/Language Arts credit. 


Special note:

The Tuesday Beginning Foundations - Ancient History-based writing class is designed for younger and/or beginning students.

The Wednesday Intermeidate Foundations - Medieval History-based writing class is designed for students with some writing experience. (IEW ideal)

The Tuesday Advanced Foundations - U.S. History-based writing class and Wednesday Advanced Foundations - World History-based writing class are designed for older and/or more experienced students.

**Please ask the tutor for placement suggestions.




  • Advanced Foundations U.S. History - based Writing Lessons ~ 11 - 12:30 PST   
  • Beginning Foundations Ancient History - based Writing Lessons ~ 1:00 - 2:30 PST 


  • Intermediate Foundations Medieval History - based Writing Lessons ~ 9:00 - 10:30 PST 
  • Advanced Foundations World History - based Writing Lessons ~ 1:00 - 2:30 PST

Fee: $650/yr    (May be paid in two installments.)         

All sections are full. REGISTER HERE for waiting list.



Introduction to the Essay  

Based on IEW's The Elegant Essay by Lesha Meyers

Students in grades 8 – 10 (older students too!) tackle the standard in academic writing: the essay.  The instructor will break down the elements of the essay from concise thesis statements and strong supporting paragraphs to engaging introductions and memorable conclusions.  Students will practice their new skills with a variety of essay forms: expository, descriptive, persuasive, comparison, response to literature, and research.  

Class includes SAT vocabulary and a grammar component.  Grammar: The Blue Book of Grammar

Students receive personalized feedback on their writing. 

We will meet on Tuesday mornings, 9:00 - 10:30 PST  

Fee: $700/yr      (May be paid in two installments.)               

Class is full.  REGISTER HERE for waiting list.


Introduction to Literary Analysis  - CLASS IS FULL

This high school level class will introduce students to the art of writing about literature. We will be reading, primarily, a variety of short stories and students will practice recognizing story structure and literary elements and devices. Students will use this knowledge to analyze various stories and develop and defend theses in critical analysis paragraphs and essays. They will learn to quote from a source and cite it.

We will review the elements of the standard paragraph and essay as these will be the primary format for their writing.

The class includes SAT vocabulary and grammar component.   Grammar: Fix-It Level 5 - Chanticleer

Students receive personalized feedback on their writing.

We will meet on Wednesday mornings, 11:00 - 12:30 PST

Fee: $700/yr        (May be paid in two installments.) 

Class is full.  REGISTER HERE for waiting list.