Writers as Designers: Nurturing Creative Talent

Day of discussion and debate about current policies and practice in the teaching of writing (KS1-4)

This event took place 10:30am - 4:30pm Thursday July 9th, 2009

Writing, still a powerful tool in this technological age, continues to change. In most of the western world concerns about standards of writing remain. Young people’s scores in writing lag behind those in reading. This UKLA research and development day aims to share recent national and international research evidence and to promote discussion and debate about current policies and practice in the teaching of writing (KS1-4). The theme, Writers as Designers, draws attention to writing as a creative process in which writers mould and shape their texts to suit their communicative goals and their understanding of readers’ needs. There will be opportunities for participants to discuss the practical implications of the research presented and to consider innovative ways to engage writers as designers in their own educational contexts.

Speakers include:

Craig Hancock State University of New York (Albany) Building Connections between Grammar and Writing: new approaches to grammar

Richard Andrews Institute of Education, London Designing Argument: spoken and written argument in primary and secondary schooling

Cliff Yates Poet, teacher, creative writing tutor Poetry and the Poetics of Process: taking advantage of the gap between intention and outcome in the act of writing.

Judy Parr University of Auckland, New Zealand Developing writers: Supporting effective teaching practice

Plenary - Sally Rundell - The National Strategies The Research Day is convened by Debra Myhill (University of Exeter)

Everyone is welcome: The day will be of interest to primary and secondary teachers, literacy consultants and subject leaders, university lecturers, researchers, advisers, policy makers and publishers. LIMITED PLACES - EARLY BOOKING ADVISED!