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So — you want to learn how to write better?

 Where do you need help?  

"I know what I want to say, but I don't know how to say it."  

"I have no idea how to make my writing flow."

"I just can't seem to get things organized."

It’s time to change all that.

Here's what Writing Whatever will do for you

  • Save time

    Writing without rewriting! Get it done on the first draft, not the fifth

  • Master any challenge

    Complete curriculum—sentences, paragraphs, essays

  • Add some style

    Achieve that elusive quality called "flow" (and don't forget "ebb")

  • Discover the magic

    Learn how the magicians of writing do their tricks

  • Get on target

    Visualize your writing from start to finish even before you write the first word

  • Achieve your goal

    Write your way to the top of the ladder of success.

What students, parents, and teachers say

Comments from the classroom, the Write for College summer program, the Writing Whatever course, and the textbooks

“I learned more about writing in the first three days of this course than I did in my last three years in high school.”

— A Write for College graduate

“I just completed the Sentence course! Loved it!”

— A recent student

“Don, here is an excerpt from my daughter's acceptance letter from Brown: 'Your many accomplishments in and out of the classroom impressed the Board of Admissions, as did the strength and insight of your writing. We were particularly struck by your sensitive essay about your mother.' I can't say enough about the power of your course and your coaching.”

— Mother of a graduate

“I just read his personal college essay, and there has been significant improvement in his writing. I'll be sending you several students next year, including my daughter.”

— An independent school college counselor

“I won the Gold Key in the Scholastic Art and Writing for my portfolio. Considering that I came to US just a year before I took your class and that it has only been 4 years I have lived here, I think it's quite astonishing.”

— A Write for College graduate

“Why didn't someone tell me all this years ago? I get it!”

— A senior, half way through the Write for College course

“I have used your Stewart Grammar series for maybe 10 years now, and I love it. I credit your books with producing several National Merit Scholars at our tiny little school.”

— English teacher and charter school founder

“This is the first time I have been proud of my writing. I even showed the paper to my mom and dad. They said WOW, I wouldn't recognize this as your writing (a good thing). Pretty impressive. We have learned so much in just one week. Thanks!!!”

— A junior

“We have been using the Stewart English Program at our school for sixteen years. Our graduates have routinely outperformed their peers in college, especially in writing.”

— Headmaster of a private academy

Questions Asked Frequently

  • Q. Who should take this course?

    A. The Writing Whatever program is sequential and works best if the three sections are studied in order. Schools using the program position the Sentence course between grades 7 and 10, the Paragraph course between grades 9 and 12, and the Essay course in grade 11 or 12. College students and adults generally follow the same sequence, as the later courses often refer back to previous lessons.

  • Q. What makes Writing Whatever so much better than what is being taught in most schools?

    A. The approach that most schools use today is called “process writing,” which expects students to somehow arrive at competency through time-consuming trial and error, multiple drafts, and the advice of their peers, who are often no more skilled than they are. Writing Whatever students have a huge head start when they sit down to write. They know how to organize their ideas, how to choose the best vocabulary, how to punctuate, and how to edit. They achieve better results, faster, and with far less pain and frustration. The self-esteem that comes with such accomplishment is immeasurable.

  • Q. You say that your course applies to all kinds of writing, and to all kinds of writers. How can that be?

    Besides classrooms, homeschooling, and freshman college writing centers, Writing Whatever reaches out even farther. Perhaps you have been out in the world for a while, and you want to get back to college to finish your degree—but you’re afraid of writing all those papers. This will help. Or maybe your boss has pointed out that you need to work on your writing skills in order to get that promotion you deserve. This will help. There are so many other reasons for needing to write better, but whatever your own personal goal, this will help you get there.

  • Q. Do I get to keep the course?

    A. Yes, everything is yours to keep forever.

  • Q. What if it just doesn't work for me?

    A. No matter which version of the program you purchase, we want you to be happy with it. Please try some of the lessons, and contact us if you think we can help, but if after 30 days you are not satisfied, your entire payment will be refunded.

Meet the Authors

Donald Stewart

"When we sharpen a pencil, we get to the point by subtracting. When we write, we get to the point by adding. The modifier is the essential part of any sentence." Career English teacher, retired. Director of Write for College, for 25 years a summer writing program reaching over 1000 high school students. Author and editor. Frequent presenter at writing conferences, including National Council of Teachers of English.

Dr. Francis Christensen

I must admit that I cannot take credit for figuring all this out. That honor goes to Dr. Francis Christensen, who was a professor at the University of Southern California. In 1967 he published his masterpiece, The Christensen Rhetoric Program, which announced this entirely new approach that consistently resulted in immediate and dramatic improvement in student writing. In 1988 I acquired the copyright to the works of Dr. Christensen, and since then I have revised his original text and written an additional pair of workbooks, resulting in a three-book series, published as The Stewart English Program (below), that spans grades seven through twelve. I have also reprinted Christensen's collected essays, called Notes Toward A New Rhetoric: Nine Essays For Teachers. Most recently, I have been teaching the program to adults, as they need to improve their writing skills for success in their jobs, their continuing academic pursuits, or their personal writing needs.
Stewart English 1
Book 3

Brand new, and 50% off

For the first time ever, we have converted all of our courses — Sentences, Paragraphs, Essays, Teacher’s Guide — into e-books. That means they can be downloaded to a tablet or desktop and studied without wifi. We are very excited to have you take a look and see whether they are right for you.

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