When you bite into a cupcake or stir some sugar into your tea, you probably aren't thinking about the historical tales of what brought that sweetener into your life. 

Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos — a husband and wife writing team — weren't, either. Then they discovered that sugar is part of their respective family histories. By the time they finished researching their own connection to the history of sugar, they'd realized it was a part of major world events that stretched back for centuries. It moves through religious ceremonies to slavery to fortunes gained and lost.

Sugar, as the title of this book proclaims, did indeed change the world, and reading this book will provide learners with a chance to question how many of the items we take for granted likely have their own storied past.

Gain Key Academic Writing and Reading Foundations

Students will learn foundational academic writing and reading skills including thesis statements, note taking, topic sentences, paragraph focus, and transitions. They will practice these skills through themed writing assignments based on the book.

Guided Class Flexibility 

This is a guided class, which means there are no live meetings, but there is student-teacher interaction and weekly due dates for assignments. This format works well for students who don’t enjoy live, on-camera sessions or who have unpredictable weekly schedules. 

Students can interact with the instructor and each other via the Teachable classroom and email.

Practice Writing as a Process

Most importantly, students will compose two multi-draft papers with individual video feedback on rough drafts and the opportunity to revise a final draft.


Time Commitment

Most learners can expect to spend 3-5 hours per week (including the live meeting) working on class materials.


January 16-March 12, 2023 

Assignments Open Each Week

In order to allow for learners and their families to have the flexibility they need, assignments open by Monday of each week and are due by the following Sunday. Learners can complete work at whatever time works best for them throughout the week.

Guided Class Format

A guided class offers individual feedback from the instructor and weekly due dates for accountability. It does not, however, require live, on-camera meetings. 



To participate successfully in class, learners will need the following:

  • A copy of Sugar Changed the World by Anna Crowley Redding (ISBN 978-0-618-57492-6) (used copies are fine; borrowed/library copies are acceptable but it’s preferable for learners to have their own copy so they can take notes in it)
  • PDF Reader
  • Zoom (free account)
  • Learners will submit work through Google Drive (a Google (Gmail) account can be acquired for free)

Choose a Pricing Option

This class uses a sliding fee scale. All price options provide access to the same class experience.