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Making Writing Exciting – 16 and 28 January 2019

Tutor: Eleanor Martlew

This practical course focusses on our purpose for writing, our awareness of audience and engagement of the reader. Writing moderation in schools across a number of Local Authorities has highlighted an over-emphasis on the teaching of the mechanics of writing leading to a loss of creativity and engagement.

This course will suit those new to teaching, literacy leaders and those who wish to retain a creative writing approach whilst understanding the importance of teaching sentence structure for clarity and expression.

In this two-day course, we will explore strategies to enthuse and support pupils through the writing process – from planning and composition to editing and redrafting – both in fiction and non-fiction, and across the curriculum. We will explore ideas and activities for immediate application in the classroom.

Strategies will include:

Speaking, listening and drama activities to enable pupils to explore ideas and develop viewpoint before committing pen to paper.
Collaborative writing to support pupils moving from shared to independent writing, enabling them to test their ideas before applying them in their own writing.


Day 1: fiction

  • Quality over quantity: developing your ideas and engaging the reader
  • Focussing on detail, not action
  • Planning your story
  • Exploring narrative techniques—beginnings and endings; patterned writing
  • Characterisation and setting – developing vocabulary
  • Playing around with word order


Day 2: non-fiction

  • Understanding audience and purpose: developing viewpoint
  • Understanding conventions of text types
  • Planning for different text types
  • Developing your argument/sustaining your writing
  • Establishing viewpoint – having a voice
  • Note-taking and précis
Date Time Venue Capacity Charges
28 January 2019 9:30 am - 3:30 pm Lilla Huset Centre 25 No charge for Schools signed up to the Bi-Borough School Improvement SLA. £120 per participatnt for all other schools

Date: 28 January 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Venue: Lilla Huset Centre
Capacity: 25
Charges: No charge for Schools signed up to the Bi-Borough School Improvement SLA. £120 per participatnt for all other schools

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