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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Electronic Red Pen

As I've mentioned before, my dad is a brutal good editor and really helped my writing. So, my father was--and still is*--my writing coach.

But what if you don't have access to a professional writer? Are your children destined to be less than amazing at writing?

No.

Not at all. In fact, as one of my high school English teachers observed: Who taught Shakespeare to write? How can someone teach another to be the best writer in the world?

So, I'm confident your kids are safe. In fact, if they develop a love for writing (as I have) they can go far.

But for those who want to get a little more assistance, to have a few more resources and access to editors when it comes time to grade papers, I'm thrilled to announce that Sonlight has worked out an option... and a pretty exciting one at that.

Introducing Sonlight's partnership with WriteAtHome. Here are the things that I think are really cool about this opportunity:

  • The writing coaches have the Sonlight IG your student is using. They know exactly where your student is coming from and are familiar with the assignment. The submission isn't just a random paper they are reading.
  • You can pay per paper. No need to sign up for a "plan" or subscription.
  • You can help your child deal with the "red pen" and not wield it yourself.
Aside: I'm guessing being your child's champion and not their torturer would be desirable to some parents. I, on the other hand, often enjoy the process of pointing out mistakes and helping people work through them. Of course, I can be a rather sick person at times <smile>.

I just heard about this new opportunity and it sounds pretty cool.

A writing coach is certainly not essential to your child's education, but it is another tool at your disposal. If you'd like a writing coach for your student, you may want to check out Sonlight's new connection with WriteAtHome.

~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father

*My dad has helped me with many of my more intense Heart of the Matter posts. These last two I wrote at the last minute, so he didn't get a chance go catch all my errors. Even so, if you'd like to read my latest, I'd appreciate it <smile>.

3 comments:

Sarah Bray said...

That's a cool partnership! The first time I'd heard of Write at Home was when my son started soccer this fall. They partially sponsored our team shirts. Nice folks.

katemcdonald said...

kudos to your dad:)

thanks for your encouragement.

Luke said...

Sarah, glad to know they are good people. I haven't interacted with myself because I had a Writer at my Home <smile>.

Kate, you are most welcome! Hang in there.

Thank you both for stopping by. <smile>

~Luke


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