Regional Conference: Purpose and Pleasure in Writing

A conference for teachers of English, Drama and Media – Primary to Post-16

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This event took place 9:00am - 1:00pm Saturday March 19th, 2011

Programme 09.00 – 09.25 Registration 09.25 – 09.30 Welcome 09.30 – 10.15 Opening keynote address: Simon Wrigley 10.15 – 10.45 Coffee and bookshops 10.45 – 12.15 Workshops 12.20 – 13.00 Closing keynote address: Marcus Sedgwick Workshops A: David Reedy: Writers in schools This workshop will explore the ‘Writers in Schools’ materials, designed by David and Teresa Cremin (the current and former Presidents of UKLA). These materials are designed to encourage schools to consider having a writer in school, outlining the rationale, practical steps to take (including ideas about how to find a writer and where funding might be accessed), a planning framework as well as a ninety minute writers workshop. David is Senior Adviser (primary language and communication) and Primary Strategy Manager for the School Improvement Service in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. He is also President of UKLA (2009-11). B: Liz Chamberlain: Where are we now in the teaching of writing?: listening to teachers This workshop will draw on professional testimony from teachers in both England and Australia and explore the subject knowledge and pedagogy that underpins their approach when planning for writing. Liz Chamberlain is Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester and for 3 years was Strategic Consultant for the Everybody Writes national writing project. C: Nick Dowson: Locating pupil voice: purpose and pleasure in writing This practical workshop explores how older children and adults may experience purpose and pleasure in their writing and explores ways to locate pupil voice. Nick Dowson is a secondary English and Drama teacher. He has an MA in Writing Studies and is a writer of children's books. D: John Lynch: Getting Children To Write Poetry This workshop will focus on ‘ways into’ getting children to produce poetry that avoids cliché and empty phrases whilst generating engagement and pleasure with the subject and with writing itself. This will involve participants writing themselves in a very nonthreatening and hopefully enjoyable session. John Lynch is Headteacher of Grundisburgh Primary School in Suffolk.

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Venue location

University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road Cambridge CB2 8PQ