Writing techniques run from scribbling on index cards to hanging upside down (yes, really). 1 We have a better approach. The Bardsy Method breaks storytelling down into two complementary steps: develop and assemble.

To put this theory into practice, we devised interactive tools you won’t find anywhere else, featuring the Bardsy Storywheel and Prospero, our AI writing helper. We’ve spent years testing and refining our method, and it’ll work for you and your learner too!


Writing could be, well, torture: holding back tears as your trash bin overflows and you wonder why you’re even trying. Perfectionism, fear of rejection and the dreaded blank page often wreak havoc before you pen a single word.
Our method eases those frustrations, so you can unleash your potential. Smash through obstacles by following our fail-safe writing process and swap out that headache for something much better—personal growth and fun.
With Bardsy, your child will learn to:
  • Recognize and assess challenges
  • Shift gears instead of give up
  • Persevere to see their story through

Step one: Develop your thoughts with our Storywheel

As we pored over stories from The Iliad through Don Quixote to Beloved, we got to thinking. While unique, virtually every narrative contains the same five basic elements: characters, storyworld, conflict, plot and theme. Obvious, right? And yet we often forget it. That’s why we put the elements at the center of our approach and Storywheel, your gateway to a variety of writing resources like deep dives and helpful templates.
Critically, the Storywheel captures a deep truth about the process: you can begin anywhere. Start with whichever element piques your interest, such as a time-traveling character or deserted island setting. After going—literally—full circle, you have the building blocks of a great story.
Our Storywheel includes:
  • Deep dives into story elements
  • Brainstorming activities
  • Helpful writing templates

Step two: Assemble your story with Prospero, our AI wizard

Unlike that Ikea bookcase, assembly is included. Named after the magical character of Prospero in The Tempest, our writing wizard is there to help organize and develop elements, turning your story into “such stuff as dreams are made on.” It’s the budding writer’s dream come true!
As your learner’s personal writing coach, Prospero is equal parts favorite teacher and best friend, always offering ways to get unstuck. At any point, your learner has choices about what to do next. Our structure allows anyone to easily step in with advice and encouragement too.
When facing a block, your learner can:
  • Elaborate on a favorite element
  • Rethink an element entirely
  • Move backward or forward in assembly

A boring method is as useful as a dull pencil

The most effective writing methods are also fun. That’s no coincidence! It’s easier for your child to learn when you don’t have to drag them kicking and screaming through the school year. We strive to create an engaging, age-appropriate and challenging space. To that end, we developed tools like our quirky writing prompt generator that encourage a playful writing approach.
Another way we enliven your homeschool experience is peer-to-peer connection. Though our website is nifty, it's the interaction between kind, constructive peers that counts. The bottom line: our online writing community nurtures growth.
Bardsy is the perfect place for your child to:
  • Benefit from tools that make writing fun
  • Connect via story discussions
  • Discover the joy of writing