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Change your thinking about teaching writing.


IEW's Core Methods

Our methods are designed to develop a student's organization skills (structure) and artistic flair (style).



With IEW's nine structural models, teachers teach step-by-step: note making and outlines, writing from notes, retelling narrative stories, summarizing a reference, writing from pictures, summarizing multiple references, inventive writing, formal essay models, and a formal critique.


Using IEW's stylistic techniques such as strong verbs, quality adjectives, and sentence openers, students incrementally move from basic to a variety of sentence structures, improved vocabulary and more sophisticated writing.

IEW's methods for teaching writing are similar to methods one might use to teach music, art, or even sports.

Students begin by analyzing and imitating existing good writing. Then through a series of incremental steps, they develop the ability to write their own original compositions.

Intro to IEW
Why Choose IEW?

Welcome to the Institute for Excellence in Writing!

Our mission is to equip teachers and teaching parents with methods and materials which will aid them in training their students to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers.

Using the four language arts—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—IEW methods have been proven to be effective for students of all ages and levels of ability, including those who are gifted, have special needs, or are English language learners.

Listen. Speak. Read. Write. Think!


It’s easy to use: We provide step-by-step instructions for using our materials.


It’s enjoyable: You and your children will laugh as you learn, with teaching by Andrew Pudewa.


It’s flexible: IEW works with students spanning a wide range of ages and aptitudes.


It’s a lifelong investment in your children: Structure and Style™ provides them with skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and THINKING!

How does IEW's writing program work?

IEW's unique approach provides the structure that students need to develop confidence in the writing process, while gradually guiding them toward greater independence and creativity. They will learn nine structural models (note taking, writing paragraphs, stories, simple reports, writing from pictures, research reports, creative writing, essays, and critiques) to help them organize any type of composition. Additionally, stylistic techniques (strong verbs, quality adjectives, sentence openers, and more) are taught incrementally to gently move students from the basics into more sophisticated writing.

For a more in-depth look at the program from Andrew Pudewa, click here.

Where do I start?

Watch: Let us walk you through how to get started with IEW materials video below.

The best place to start is the premier package, which includes training for the teacher coupled with video lessons for your student.

Use our Decision Tree to find the perfect package for your family.

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What does a lesson look like?

Each lesson is introduced with video instruction in which Andrew Pudewa engages with students to create an outline using a series of structural models. Additionally, he teaches students to “dress up” their writing with stylistic techniques such as strong verbs and quality adjectives. Students complete each assignment before the next lesson. Typically, each lesson takes a week to complete, but teachers may spend as much time as necessary.

Watch a sample video lesson from Structure and Style® for Students (SSS)

Why video instruction?

Learning to write well is much like learning to paint or play an instrument: it is an art. Thus, it is easier to be shown how to use the Structure and Style® writing method.

Andrew Pudewa is an engaging, humorous teacher who models closely each step of the writing process—from outlines to summaries, stories, reports, and more.

What is in the student materials?

The student materials contain everything you need to teach your students to write.

  • Videos (either DVD or streaming)

  • Teacher’s Manual

  • Student Binder

  • Student Packet of class handouts

All you need to provide is paper, a pen, and a way to show the video lessons.

How do the theme-based courses work?

Our theme-based courses provide ready-made lesson plans to support you in teaching writing to your students in the context of history, literature, science, and more. Since they do not include a student DVD component, they presume that the instructor using them has been through the Teaching Writing: Structure and Style course, so as to be prepared to directly teach the material to the students. To make this easy, the theme-based books include source texts, checklists, and assignments centered around a particular theme, as well as detailed written instructions for the student and the teacher.

Most of these courses work through all nine IEW units, so they can be used for both new and returning IEW students. The courses often have multiple levels of instruction included so that you can use them with a wider range of students.

What if I need more guidance?

​Phone and online support is available during business hours for specific questions.

Contact us on 0410 711 313 Monday to Friday 10:00 to 4:00

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