School for Scribes

from The Last Chapter by J. Doyle Penrose (1902)

“The saddest thing about any man is that he be ignorant, and the most exciting thing is that he knows.”

— Alfred the Great

The Unbound Academy

Our mission at School for Scribes is to improve the eloquence and effectiveness of writers in the English Language. We will be providing focused lessons and essays on various areas of study.

If you are an amateur writer looking to gain credibility through excellent writing, this is the place for you. As you gain mastery over the writing skill, you will find yourself relying less upon florid language and bombastic prose while gaining confidence in your ability to write sentences in simple, captivating English.

Being an independent institution, we are immune to the plague of academic doublethink which seems to be infecting the various bodies of higher learning. We are clear and unapologetic about what English is, and what it isn’t. For example, we fiercely uphold and defend the Oxford comma, something you might see us weigh on on eventually.

Here at School for Scribes, you will learn that English is a great language, that less is more, and that even though some rules are meant to be broken, you’d better know what those rules are. Spend enough time here, and you’ll learn those rules: first, how to follow them as if it were in your nature, and second, with time and hard work, how to break them … eventually, maybe.

Area of Study: Lessons on English

In the Age of the Internet, common mistakes have become all-too-common. Here we will identify the most common issues the modern-day writer faces and address how to remedy them.

Look forward to essays and lessons on the following topics:

  • Grammar – Spelling – Punctuation
  • Composition & Mechanics
  • Syntax
  • Vocabulary & Usage

Area of Study: The Masters Series

To become a great writer, you must read great writers. We will be featuring several of the authors who shaped the world of Science Fiction and Fantasy and all their myriad subgenres.

Whom do we regard as the most influential authors? What significance have their works held in the modern mythos? Who are some lesser known and perhaps unsung authors worthy of mention and exploration?

For those of us keeping the craft alive, it is right and just to pay homage to the ones who paved the way before us.