IEW Instructor

Certified Instructor
Accepting Enrollment
Location: Elgin, IL
Phone: 8474286132
Services: Classes
Grades: 3-12

Melissa Whitchurch

2023-2024 Available Courses (32 weeks, 55 minute/week, hosted on Canvas for groups of 5-20)

  • Level A: Wonders of Science Writing Lessons $375/year
  • Level B: Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons $450/year
  • Level C: Custom Structure and Style for Students with Introduction to Public Speaking and Fix It! Grammar, with The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. $500/year
  • Level C: Structure and Style for Students 1C, with available collge credit through (full)

2023-2024 Tutoring: I am not available for one on one tutoring at this time. 



‚Äč     I love writing because I love God's truth. I love Jesus and his gift to us on the cross. God speaks to us through his word; we speak the truth of God to one another and to the world with words. Ideas are exchanged and refined with words. Friendships are mended with words. Great treaties between nations are forged with words. Scientific theory is expressed in words. Wisdom to a little child is gifted by words. Anything you would like to do anywhere in the world, from a small task to a great one, will be done better for your pursuit of the mastery of words. Eager to grow in precision and artistry as a wordsmith myself, I delight in bringing young wordsmiths along with me, equipping, encouraging, and exhorting them as we go.




  • Completion of the instructor course, Teaching Writing with Structure and Style
  • Accredited with IEW as a Registered Instructor in 2021
  • Regular continued education through IEW
  • BS in Recreation from Southern Illinois University, which is surprisingly relevant

Courses Taught Previously or in Progress

Level C

  • Structure and Style for Students 1C
  • High School Writing:
    • Each course includes
      • All nine units of Structure and Style
      • All layers of IEW Style techniques
      • Public speaking: narrative speech, descriptive speech, persuasive speech, power point presentation, poetry recitation
      • The Fix It! Grammer book of student choice
    • Three cycles
      • Cycle one
        • Fall: (new literature selection coming!)
        • Spring: I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr and Other Speeches  
      • Cycle two
        • Fall: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
        • Spring: What's Your Worldview by James Anderson
      • Cycle three:
        • Fall: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
        • Spring: Debate 

Level B

  • Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons
  • Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons
  • U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons
  • Modern World History-Based Writing Lessons

Level A

  • All Things Fun and Fascinating
  • Fables, Myths, and Fiary Tales

Classical Conversations

  • Essentials of the English Language Tutor
  • Foundations Tutor



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