Are you a teacher or homeschool parent with students 
who struggle with writing, hate even trying to write 
and believe they are bad writers?

Would like to cut your workload with lessons that supply prep sheets, outcome goals and activity sheets for students?

Want to lead engaging video lessons from the classroom
smart board or home computer that take little time to prepare?

Would like an extra boost for your students 
in the classroom or at home with on-line learning? 

Have a gifted writer who would love 
the chance to interact with a 'real author'?

Watch confidence and enthusiasm grow 
as they become Story Ninjas with Sigmund Brouwer! 

An on-line writing course with 28 engaging video lessons, 
from a best-selling author who has published over 100 titles. 

Your Academy for Writers trial is 100% free! 

Hello! I’m Sigmund Brouwer. 
Author? Educator? Story Ninja!

I was one of those kids who hated writing. It seemed no matter how hard I tried, it was never good enough. Subjects and objects as grammar parts of a sentence? I didn't understand and I didn't care. As a result, I barely passed high school English. Yet today I have more than a hundred titles published for children and adults. What happened? In college, a professor changed my focus from writing to what I could deliver with my writing -- the stories I wanted to create. I also learned that mistakes were a part of the writing process and didn't mean that I was a bad writer. By putting stories on paper -- and editing because I cared about my stories -- my writing became better and better. 

As a result, my foundational 'Story Ninja' philosophy is that our innate desire to share stories -- fiction or non-fiction -- is a powerful engine to motivate students to improve literacy skills. This is the approach I take into my Rock and Roll Literacy presentations, which I've shared with over a million students in gym assemblies at schools across North America over the last three decades. 

Based on this, through years in the classroom with both gifted and reluctant writers, I've developed a series of lessons along with curriculum guidelines and worksheets. Since I was that student in school who struggled, I break the process into small and manageable steps that are simple and easy to follow and remember. 

Thousands of school librarians and teachers have discovered that my video lessons and worksheets are equally effective in a classroom setting or via online teaching. I'm also taking all of this into live virtual teaching at, and I'd love to see your Story Ninjas in my classroom this year!

The Academy For Writers

A comprehensive literacy program to supplement and boost all writing curriculums
Developed through years of classroom experience
Appeals to reluctant readers and writers
Each lesson includes prep sheets and outcome goals for teachers and followup activities for students

Perfect for:
- teachers in a classroom situation
- teachers who need to reach at-home students 
- home-school families
- pandemic pods
-self-guided learning

 -- school license also available by contacting

Academy For Writers in Schools

“For the past two years, Sigmund Brouwer has been writer-in-residence for our entire division of 25 schools. His foundational approach to motivate students to write has been fantastic, and we’ve seen very positive results with his highly engaging methods of teaching writing in the classroom. We’ve made his Academy for Writers video curriculum available for all our teachers within the division, as we are confident our students will increase their literacy skills while they are away from school.” Good Spirit School Division

About Sigmund

As the bestselling author of dozens of titles, with over 4 million books in print in multiple languages, Sigmund Brouwer writes for both children and adults. He has won the American Christy Book of the Year and the Arthur Ellis Award for best young-adult mystery in Canada, as well as being a finalist twice in the prestigious TD Children's Literature Awards. Over the last two decades, he has presented his Rock and Roll Literacy Show to more than a million students across North America.

How The Academy for Writers Program Works:

- Each lesson has an overview prep sheet that takes minimal time

- Screen-share the videos from the lesson area during live classroom or on-line teaching OR email lesson URL to your students for self-guided learning

- Download and share accompanying pdfs with your students

Section One: seven lessons on purpose, ideas and structure for narrative and expository writing 
Section Two: seven lessons on how to improve writing skills for a curriculum outcomes
Section Three: seven lessons on editing and revision
Bonus Section: seven lessons to help students complete an amazing short story

Sigmund Brouwer introduces the course

short tutorial on using the lessons

"I was that student in school who struggled with writing. . .
so I make sure to break the process  
into small and manageable steps 
that are simple and easy to follow and remember."
-- Sigmund Brouwer
  • Section One -- How to develop a story for narratives or exposition: The great thing about teaching mathematics is that the answers are clear to define, and there are concrete steps like formulas to assist students. Sometimes it seems like what makes for teaching good writing is a lot more slippery to grasp. Here, you'll be given the tools to help your students want to come up with a great story. Because once they have a story they want to share, your students will be motivated to work harder to deliver the story through writing. 
  • Section Two -- How to put a story onto paper: You will use the lessons to help your students think through sentence structure and celebrate how amazing words are. You will lead your students to finally understand that they can take control of someone's conscious thoughts via a super code that we take for granted --  the alphabet. You'll also introduce them to one simple step that will make writing their first draft much easier than they expected.
  • Section Three -- How to edit and revise : Here, you get to give students an inside look at the editing and revising that takes place for a book to be published.  You'll be able to lead students to a point where confidence and motivation in their editing skills will ensure that their final draft is a great piece of writing.
  • A complete guide to a polished short story: In section four, you'll access lessons and tools to show your students how to break a story into seven manageable steps. Schools where teachers have incorporated these structured methods into preparation for provincial writing tests have had measurable improvement in their results.
  • Answers to all your story-writing questions:  The on-line videos and content are constantly being updated with new information. If you have questions along the way, Sigmund Brouwer welcomes your feedback to keep improving the program.

The Academy For Writers curriculum includes: 
- 21 on-demand video lessons to teach on-line live, or assign for self-guided learning
- 7 bonus videos to help your student complete an amazing short story 
- activity sheets and extra resources including 10 ebooks by Sigmund Brouwer

Comments from educators who have used 
Sigmund's program and video lessons in the classroom:

“Sigmund was able to provide the students a framework of how to write a manageable
story that was entertaining and creative. . .the students really dove into his writing
process because it came from a ‘real’ author. I would strongly suggest that you have
Sigmund work with your students.We have evidence that it proved it helped our results.
For the first time ever, 100% of our English students achieved the acceptable level in
writing and we also beat the provincial average for students achieving the standard of excellence in writing.

- Sonja Dykslag, Principal,
École Lacome Upper Elementary School
“. . .this is the first time in history for [our school’s student test results] to be above the School Board in writing and the first time above the province. We talked about our results at a staff meeting and the teachers truly believe that Sigmund’s writing workshops had a direct impact on the results! They have changed their teaching practice as a result.”

- Sharla McKinnon, Principal, 
Crossroads School
“My students are FIRED UP!

Sigmund was a great motivation to my students! Non-readers became involved and excited about reading and writing. Collaborating with Sigmund this school year brought excitement and enthusiasm to literacy, which resulted in enormous growth for my students.”

- Kelli Schindel, Lanigan School

Sigmund Brouwer in the media -- Moon Mission and Innocent Heroes

Your Academy for Writers trial is 100% free! 
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