Narrating the Good Books: The Skill and Art of Narration

Middle School Beta Class

Instructor: Timilyn Downey

Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern

This is a beta class available by invitation only, but will be open to the public in 2025.



2/19/24 - Pre-Registration for Current Families Begins

2/23/24 - Pre-Registration Ends

3/4/24 - Registration for New Families Begins

5/31/24 - Last Day to Request Full Refund (Minus Deposit)

6/1/24 - Full Tuition Due

6/1/24 - Payment Plan: 1st Payment Due

7/1/24 - Payment Plan: 2nd Payment Due

8/1/24 - Payment Plan: 3rd Payment Due

8/5/24 - Class Canvas Login Information Sent Out

8/11/24 - Last Day to Request 50% Refund (Minus Deposit)


Narrating the Good Books is simply that: a class on narration. Yet, anyone familiar with Charlotte Mason knows that narration is far from simple. The skill and art of narration is as complex and mysterious as reading itself, and both are something that can be practiced and improved.

This class aims to take the spontaneous narrations that already happen after every Good Books class and refine those verbal retellings into well-thought-out, organized, written narrations. The class will follow the tutor model as employed by C. S. Lewis, and other tutors in his position, at Magdalen College, Oxford. In that model students attend class, compose written narrations that are then read aloud in the narration session, and receive feedback from their teacher to help them refine their thinking and improve understanding.

In addition to this new course offering, the House of Humane Letters welcomes Timilyn Downey to their teaching staff. Timilyn has a Bachelor of Arts in English Education and a National Board Teaching Certification, as well as over a decade of experience teaching middle school reading and writing, adult Bible study, and her own children. Timilyn is currently a Fellow at the House of Human Letters Literary Mentorship and teacher training, where she has continued to learn from the greats, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Northrop Frye.

Narrating the Good Books (beta) is designed to be taken during the student’s second year in Good Books. Students should be at least 12 years old, and comfortable with oral narration.

This introductory year is by invitation only.


$510.00 total (including $95.00 non-refundable deposit)

All balances must be paid before classes begin.

Please see our Withdrawal Policy HERE.


Three Payment Options Available:

Pay Tuition in Full Immediately

Pay Deposit Immediately and Pay Remaining Tuition by June 1st, 2024

Pay Deposit Immediately and Pay Remaining Tuition in Three Installments (June 1st, July 1st, and August 1st) with Additional Service Charge

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