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The Lost Tools of Writing

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Are your student's LTW essays less elegant than previous writing?

Confused by the new-to-you writing process?

Not sure how each LTW essay builds on the previous one?

Looking for Practical Processes for Writing Professional Prose?

Did you like my alliteration?

My own teens resist writing despite having a parent-teacher who is an award-winning author and writing coach. Yet once I showed them how to use the Lost Tools of Writing 1 curriculum, they wrote elegant essays.

Was my assonance adequate?

Lost Tools of Writing 1

At first, I resisted switching from IEW in the elementary years to LTW until I saw just how powerful essays 7, 8, and 9 are—far better than anything I was taught in college...

,,,and not unlike the Apostle Paul's ultimate essay, the book of Romans.

Academos, the School of Plato

Because of my degree from a Department of Rhetoric, I know the rhetorical canons well and value building communication from the bottom up.

Not until homeschooling did I fully appreciate literary devices. Now I see literary devices in whatever I'm reading, from The Hiding Place to The Art of War to the Bible.

Rhetoric the right way!

Computer with text "Conciseness for Clarity"

With my degree in Scientific and Technical Communication, I knew how to write clearly and concisely.

Through this course, I show how to add clarity with conciseness and transition words.

Clear, concise, complete, correct, compelling!

Holy Spirit represented as a dove

As I wrote my own award-winning book, God—through His infinite wisdom—taught me how to co-write with His Holy Spirit.

He wants us to be successful, and He gives wisdom to all who ask!

How Do We improve our invention, arrangement, and elocution skills?

with the

Holy Spirit Advantage!

  • Break through writer's block with your Holy Spirit Advantage!

  • Break through writer's block with your Holy Spirit Advantage!

What Does This Program Do for You?

Power of the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit Advantage

I am in Him & He is in Me

Jesus asked, "So if you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:13)

Learn to co-write with God as you reason together.


Practical Processes

Elocution for LTW 1

Tools, Tips, Techniques

LTW teaches how to use the rhetorical canon to write well-reasoned essays.

This course provides explainer videos on how each essay builds on the previous one and how to complete each step.


Professional Prose

C.S. Lewis quote: "The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature."

Clear, Concise, Complete, Correct, Compelling

The stories you're assigned to read have survived to today because they were well written for their audiences.

By writing essays, you not only show that you can reason well, but you learn to write clear, concise, complete, correct, compelling compositions for your current coursework and for college and for life.






  • students (whether neurotypical or not)

  • parent-teachers

  • Classical Conversations Directors

  • Writing or literature teachers offering LTW classes


  • explainer videos

  • downloadables

  • links to optional content

  • checklists


  • on your own schedule

  • at your own pace


  • online

  • password-protected web-based course



  • word-processing file for taking notes

  • outlines for each essay

  • Outline for standard 5-paragraph essay even though LTW doesn't teach this outline


  • step-by-step to-do list for each essay


  • downloadable rubrics

  • Rubric for 5-paragraph essay

Grammar & Style Tips

  • How to check for parallelism

  • From parallelism 1 to pleonasm

  • Parallelism with asyndeton or polysyndeton

  • Lists of transition words

  • Mrs. K's banned words

  • How to improve upon sample essays

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Mrs. Krichbaum provides a comprehensive resource for students and parent-teachers alike in her Lost Tools of Writing course. I am delighted to delve deeper this year (yes, I signed up for another round!) as this "new to homeschooling mom and her teenagers" strive toward writing elegance. Thank you to Mrs. Krichbaum for this indispensable course and for your emphasis on the Holy Spirit advantage!

Amanda Rice

Wisconsin, USA

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About Mrs. Krichbaum

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Cheryl Krichbaum

“God wants you to be successful!”

Award-Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach

  • award-winning author

  • B.S. Scientific & Technical Communication, University of Minnesota Department of Rhetoric

  • unfinished M.A. Rhetoric and Scientific & Technical Communication with emphasis in instructional technology from the same department

  • taught professional portfolios to undergraduates

  • researched writing and web design process and the rhetorical canon

  • taught Scientific Writing to college sophomores

  • taught Technical Writing to college juniors

  • wrote online-help system

  • wrote course websites

  • wrote training and train-the-trainer manuals

  • wrote corporate e-newsletters

  • corporate clients included 3M, Ameriprise, Northwest Airlines, Federal Reserve

  • homeschool mom

  • researched teaching elementary homeschool students the writing process

  • researched teaching resistant writers

  • former Classical Conversations Challenge B Director

  • parent-teacher of sons who completed Classical Conversations Challenges A, B, 1, 2, 3

  • teacher of both in-person and online homeschoolers

The Lost Tools of Writing

Online Course Outline

Overview: How LTW is designed and organized

Big Picture Overview

[Most of what's covered in this section is not covered in the textbook]

  • What's covered in LTW 1, LTW 2 & LTW 3

  • Rhetoric the Right Way

  • Overview of LTW 1

  • Overview of Rhetorical Canon(s)

  • Overview of Invention

  • Overview of Arrangement

  • Overview of Elocution

  • Writing Process & Rhetorical Canon(s)

Reading for Writing

Reading for Writing Essays

[What's covered in this section is not covered in the textbook]

  • Pre-Reading & Taking Notes

Reading for Writing


Whether to ANI

  • Should Questions

  • Whether Clause

  • Invent / Inventory Reasons

  • ANI Chart

5 Common Topics

  • Overview

  • More Similarities

  • More Differences

  • More about Definitions

  • More Circumstances

  • More Relation(ships): Cause & Effect

  • More Testimonies



Sorting Subproofs

  • Sort Your ANI Chart

  • BONUS: Careers in Organizing Websites

  • Write Your Thesis

  • Evaluate Which is the Best Reason & Put it in the Most Powerful Position

Outlining LTW Essays

  • Essay 1 Outline

  • Essays 2-9 Add Intro, Proofs & Conclusion

  • Essays 3-9 Add Exordium

  • Essays 4-9 Add Amplification

  • Essays 5-9 Add Division

  • Essays 6-9 Add Refutations

  • Essays 7-9 Add Narratio (Cicero's Full Outline)

  • BONUS: Standard 5-Paragraph Essay



From Outline to Essay

  • Change Keywords to Sentences

  • Change Proofs to Parallel Topic Sentences

  • Change Subproofs to Supporting Sentences

  • Add Transition Words Between Paragraphs

Essays 2-9

  • Add Parallel Words or Pleonasm

  • BONUS: Choose Parallelism with Asyndeton or Polysyndeton

  • BONUS: Close Proofs with Clincher Sentences

Essays 3-9

  • Add Strong Verbs

Essays 4-9

  • Add Parallel Phrases & Clauses

  • GRAMMAR TIP! How to Check Parallelism

Essays 5-9

  • Add Antithesis

Essays 6-9

  • Add Simile

Essays 7-9

  • Add Alliteration

Essays 8-9

  • Add Metaphor

Essay 9

  • Add Assonance

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