Rethinking Writing: students, teachers, writers

This one-day conference is hosted by the British Library and run in partnership with Arvon, the Open University, the University of Exeter and the UKLA.

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This event took place 10:00am - 4:00pm Monday October 08, 2018
Rethinking Writing: students, teachers, writers

THIS CONFERENCE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.

This one-day conference is hosted by the British Library and run in partnership with Arvon, the Open University, the University of Exeter and the UKLA. It will share new research from Teachers as Writers on writing and the teaching of writing, and will offer hands-on sessions with great ideas for your classroom. The day will include keynotes from Teresa Cremin and Debra Myhill on their recent research, an ‘overheard in conversation’ style event with writers Wyl Menmuir and Narinder Dhami, practical workshops, and a closing panel with professional writers, teachers and teacher educators. There will also be an opportunity to explore Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land, the British Library’s latest exhibition. Come to be inspired, to debate ways forward for policy and practice and to rethink routes that effectively support young people as writers.

The conference will offer:

  • An overview of recent research with consideration of classroom consequences
  • Support for teaching through practical pedagogy-focused workshops
  • Opportunity to encounter the British Library’s exhibition Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land
  • Discussion about teaching writing and about being a writer

Target audience: primary and secondary teachers, teacher educators, colleagues from arts/cultural organisations, professional writers, researchers.

Provisional programme

09:30 Registration and coffee

10:00 Welcome from British Library and UKLA

10:15 Teachers as Writers: insights from research: Teresa Cremin and Debra Myhill

11.00 Break

11.10 Workshop 1 (choice of sessions)

12.25 Reflecting on writing processes (Narinder Dhami and Wyl Menmuir in conversation)

12.55 Lunch

13:45 Workshop 2 (choice of sessions)

15:00 Coffee/tea

15:20 Panel session: Rethinking our way forwards

15:50 Closing remarks/evaluation

16:00 End

Workshops:

  • A. Revision and feedback: Lucy Oliver and Ian Eyres

This workshop will explore the critical role of revision and feedback in the crafting of writing. It will draw on the voices of professional writers, teachers and students involved in the Teachers as Writers project to show how self-evaluation processes, sharing of writing and audience response contribute to effective revision. Practical examples of how review and editing can be approached in the classroom will be offered.

  • B. Writing from experience: Teresa Cremin and Anthony Wilson

Professional writers emphasise the importance of drawing on their personal experience in their writing practice. In this workshop, through leaning on our lives, we will explore different starting points for writing that can be used in the classroom to support young writers. We will also explore the personal dimension of being a writer and reasons for writing, as well as writing from the heart. There will be time for participants to reflect upon the implications for their own writing pedagogy, including how to support young writers to use such material in their chosen pieces of extended writing.

  • C. Time and space to write- a writing workshop: Alicia Stubbersfield

This workshop will offer time and space to write and will draw from exercises used through the Teachers as Writers project. We will explore the value of teachers writing alongside students and on the implications for your own teaching of writing. There will be time for participants to discuss how to adapt writing exercises, and to integrate ‘Just Write’ sessions, writing journals and sharing into the writing process with students in the classroom.

  • D. Write Here: Windrush Stories - British Library

During this creative writing session delegates will be inspired by the Library’s Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land exhibition to develop original pieces in response to works and objects on display in the gallery. The session will uncover the exhibition narrative and consider individual stories, using these as the catalyst for original responses. Activities support literacy, creativity and critical enquiry. The session is suitable for both primary and secondary teachers.

E: Crafting and Creating: Debra Myhill

This workshop will explore the place of explicit teaching of the how and why of writing, and how to bring together the creative and the critical. It will draw on the voices of writers from the project, particularly the professional writers, to illustrate the importance of supporting young writers to become apprentices in the craft of writing. These ideas will be explored through practical classroom examples.

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