And we’re back.

Posted: October 17, 2012

Ms. Scribbles’ Workshop is back in full swing for the 2012-2013 school year. I am off to a late start this year, because in August, I started teaching two classes at a Catholic hybrid school.

“What’s that?” my friends ask.

“A school for homeschoolers,” I say.

It has been a blast so far! I have been brushing up on my Homer for Ancient Greek literature and revisiting some fairly detailed grammar concepts, the likes of which I haven’t seen since grade school. Maybe for normal people that sounds like a nightmare, but it makes me go like this:

M.C. Hammer loves grammar

Ms. Scribbles’ Workshop is still open five days a week. I’ll be trying my best to maintain this blog. Hope to see you again soon!

Summer blogging break

Posted: June 11, 2012

Ms. Scribbles’ Workshop runs year round and is currently accepting new enrollments. The blog will be in remission until autumn, however. When she is not taking long walks in blond fields with her parasol, Ms. Scribbles will be tackling a few writing projects of her own. Have a fair and fruitful summer!

photo credit: Atelier blog

"...The green will never again be so green, so purely and lushly new, grass lifting its wheaty seedheads into the wind..."

I have worked on many book reports about The Hunger Games with students over the last few years. Many of them have encouraged me to read the series.

“Yes, maybe I will,” I always answer politely, thinking to myself: “I am too old to read young adult fiction!”

Well, I went to see the film a couple of weeks ago. I came home and immediately downloaded the first book to my Kindle. Two weeks later I had blown through all three books, and I would be lying if I said they didn’t keep me enthralled from start to finish. Thank you, students, for the recommendation! However, I do have one complaint.  I humbly offer an open letter to the author.

Dear Ms. Collins:

Thank you for writing The Hunger Games trilogy. Not only have you created a series that captures the imagination of children and adults alike, and reminded us all of the joy in reading, but you have also forced us to ask important questions about the society we live in, where we are, and where we might be going. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up one small issue.

Must you write with so many sentence fragments? How will I ever get my students to stop writing sentence fragments if their favorite authors use them constantly? In your next book, would you please try to include a subject and a verb in every sentence? Thank you so much.

Your fan,

Ms. Scribbles

I will be a vendor at the Catholic Homeschool Conference this year. The conference will be held at St. Andrew’s Church in Roswell, GA, on April 28. I look forward to meeting some Catholic homeschoolers here in Georgia, both students and parents alike. Please stop by my table to find out more about my workshop or just to spend a few minutes playing with words.

In honor of this occasion, I present St. Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of students. He once said: “It is better to illuminate than merely to shine.” I just love that.

Doesn’t this image make you want to follow in his footsteps and write, write, write?
St. Thomas Aquinas



Posted: October 26, 2011


Ms. Scribbles’ Writing Workshop is a personalized, one-on-one, online writing workshop for homeschooled students, traditionally schooled students, and adult learners. I am finally starting a blog! This is where I will share information about essay contests and other events, writing tips and tricks, cool websites for writers, personal musings, fanciful notions and general whimsy. I also hope to include some regular pointers and writing tips by sharing student work (but only with permission, of course.) Enjoy!