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Tuition-Free Essay Writing Workshop

Duration: 8-week course offered in summer.
Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade level and up.
Tuition: Free tuition, but there is a $25 registration fee.

Description: Essay Writing Workshop is an 8-week immersion in the writing process for high school students new to HSLDA Online Academy. In a supportive, collaborative environment, students craft one essay from Step A to Step Z, learning key concepts in grammar, style, and citation along the way. Teacher feedback and class team work help build confidence for any level of high school!

We are pleased to be able to offer this high school course at no tuition cost, however this course is limited to first-time Academy students only, and there is a $25 registration fee for every student to cover technology costs. This tuition-free course also has limited availability. We hope to use this course to help families homeschool during this trying time.

Watch a short introduction from Course Developer Jennifer Schlaudt.

Watch a sample clip of an Academy live class session.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: June 8, 2020 – August 7, 2020*

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Closed–Section is Full Mondays, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Brittellen Luciano

Section 2: Closed–Section is Full Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Brittellen Luciano

Section 3: Closed–Section is Full Tuesdays, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Caleb Nelson

Section 4: Closed–Section is Full Wednesdays, 12:00–1:00 p.m. Eastern

Ms. Emily-Rose Cockerham

Section 5: Closed–Section is Full Wednesdays, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Eastern

Ms. Emily-Rose Cockerham

Section 6: Closed–Section is Full Mondays, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Graham Jackson

Section 7: Closed–Section is Full Wednesdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Eastern

Ms. Emily-Rose Cockerham

Section 8: Closed–Section is Full Mondays, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Natalie Glaser

Section 9: Closed–Section is Full Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Linda Davidson

Section 10: Closed–Section is Full Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Leilani Mueller

Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information.

We do not anticipate more than 10 sections of the Essay Writing Workshop. To join the waiting list, please fill out this form.

*Note: This class takes a break from June 29, 2020–July 3, 2020 in observance of Independence Day.


Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Why is the tuition for the Essay Writing Workshop free?

    Tuition is free for the Essay Writing Workshop! There is a $25 registration fee that covers our technology costs, but we wanted to provide a free course to new students during this trying time to help out students and parents alike.

    While this course is free, our tuition rates for our other courses are available here

    If you would like to support other homeschooling famlies during this trying time, consider making a gift of $50 or $100 to HSLDA Compassion. A gift of any amount will help provide schoolbooks and materials they need to continue teaching their children at home. To learn more about HSLDA Compassion, click here.


  • What topics will I learn about in the Essay Writing Workshop?

    In the Essay Writing Workshop, students will learn about:

    • Basic grammar and sentence mechanics
    • Beating writer's block
    • Planning and outlining
    • Crafting a strong thesis
    • Good essay structure
    • Citation and style guides for MLA, Chicago, and APA
    • Writing style
    • Editing papers

    Please note, the Essay Writing Workshop is not a replacement for a yearlong high school course. It should function as a supplement to a full year of English instruction. Looking for yearlong English courses? HSLDA Online Academy offers English courses for students in grades 8-12.

  • How much homework is in the Essay Writing Workshop?

    We estimate that students will spend 3-5 hours per week on this course. 

    Every week, students will:

    • Attend a Live Class Session
    • Watch a pre-recorded lecture
    • Complete one or two quizzes
    • Advance a step in the writing process

    By the end of the course, students will:

    • Draft and edit a short essay
    • Edit peer essays
    • Learn style guide basics for MLA, Chicago, and APA
  • What books will I use in the Essay Writing Workshop?

    There are no required books for the Essay Writing Workshop. In an effort to keep the cost down for families, all required resources will be provided within the course website after the course begins. 

  • Am I ready to take the Essay Writing Workshop?

    Students should be able to read and write at an 8th grade level, and should be able to work independently and meet deadlines. Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in the Essay Writing Workshop?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.