Currently offering two levels, The Lost Tools of Writing is an ideal composition curriculum for students in seventh through twelfth grade who already have a relatively solid understanding of grammar and sentence structure and who have at least a rudimentary amount of writing experience - and, most importantly, who are ready to think for themselves.
Think of it like an art or a craft that demands careful attention and persistent hard work. It’s not so different from learning to play the piano or sculpt a figure or shoot a basketball.
LTW uses time-tested, proven exercises to help you and your students make this effort in a focused, thorough, and truly classical fashion.
Every writer - no matter how old or experienced or published - has to come up with good ideas, organize those ideas clearly, and express them effectively. The three canons of classical rhetoric - Invention, Arrangement, Elocution - do this. Once the aspiring writer grasps how to employ these tools effectively the stresses and confusions that accompany writing begin to fade and with it the fear that often comes with writing assignments.