Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart
Keynote Speaker

Julie Bogart is the popular voice of common sense and compassion in the homeschool community. She’s the creator of the innovative writing program called Brave Writer and the popular fast-growing practice called Poetry Teatime. For 17 years, she home educated her five children, who are now globe-trotting adults.

Julie draws from both her work with tens of thousands of homeschool families over the last 20+ years and her own home education journey to enrich the homeschooling and parenting experience. Her writing program includes award-winning online writing classes and paradigm-shifting writing manuals that allow parents and kids to become allies in the writing process.

Brave Writer offers over 200 pieces of curricula and more than 100 online writing classes per year and has served hundreds of thousands of families worldwide. Julie is a popular international homeschool speaker and her YouTube channel, Facebook Live broadcasts, and Periscopes have reached nearly one million viewers in the last year.

Julie worked as a ghost-writer, magazine editor, and professional writer for 10 years; she holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Arts from Xavier University. She lives, runs, and kayaks in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Invisible Education: Emotional Safety for Love and Learning, Friday, Session 1, 1–2 p.m.

Homeschooling is more than academics. It is a daily performance of love between people who live together 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It’s important to nurture those relationships and to create a space for growth and risk-taking. Sometimes our kids aren’t just learning the three R’s, however. They are being shaped by the pain or dysfunction that intrudes on our lives from time to time. This workshop addresses the delicate subject of how to create a healthy family dynamic to support your home education aspirations.

The Secret to Writing Breakthroughs for All Ages, Friday, Session 2, 2:30–3:30pm

Programs, curriculum, homeschool gurus—they all miss it. Yet it’s so simple! Find out what professional writers know about writing instruction that educators often miss. You’ll walk away from this seminar knowing exactly what to do to change the dynamic around writing in your family … for good. In fact, you can turn your writing program around in one step, once you know what it is and follow through. The good news is: anyone can apply this principle to writing (you don’t have to be an expert writer yourself). By the end of the session, you’ll have an 8-week writing plan to use right away—no purchase necessary! End the hand-wringing and tears for good.

Updating Charlotte Mason to the 21st Century, Saturday, Session 1, 9–10 a.m.

We all love dear Charlotte, but let’s face it: she didn’t have to contend with video games, Netflix, or cheap Van Gogh prints in McDonald’s restaurants. Moreover, the world has changed in a century. How do we translate all the good in her thinking and educational philosophy into a robust, technologically-current, globalized educational model that she would applaud today? This seminar calls for an update: Can we be brave enough to expand on Miss Mason’s fabulous, child-oriented, expansive vision of education? The answer is, “Yes, we can.”

Keynote Address: “The Enchanted Education,” Saturday, Session 2, 10:30–11:45 a.m.

We all have one: that imagined dream homeschool where our children are relaxed, where we are at ease, where learning happens naturally, and everyone gets along. Sometimes it seems as though a fantasy homeschool is a dream, never a reality. Yet what if you could create momentum in your homeschool? What if once a month, or once a week, you shifted how you saw your life at home and took the risks necessary to foster the home education you long for? This session reveals the principles you need and the practical steps you can take that protect you from too much risk but empower you to trust your hunches and transform your dearest aspirations into an enchanted reality.

Think Three: The Trick to Academic Writing, Saturday, Session 4, 2:45–3:45 p.m.

If you and I had dinner together, I could teach you the essay format on the back of a napkin! There is a principle at work in academic writing that goes beyond mere format. It’s a kind of analytical model that enables the greatest power in argument and systemizing of research. Once your high school students understand the architecture of academic writing, they are able to marshal their insights into a structure that enables them to write for any subject area that requires writing. Ph.D.s and undergraduates alike use the same structure. Knowing what it is and how to use it is what this workshop is all about!