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UKLA National Conference 2021: Writing for Pleasure

Our keynote speakers David Almond and Piers Torday will offer a writer’s perspective on writing and the workshops will provide opportunities to engage in different kinds of writing and feel the pleasure that it brings.

We are pleased to announce that next year’s National Writing For Pleasure Conference will be held online and will run between Saturday 30th and Sunday the 31st of January 2021.

Our Writing For Pleasure conference seeks to explore:

  • How writing is taught effectively
  • How to attend to children’s affective needs
  • Creating communities of writers
  • Children’s enjoyment in the craft of writing
  • The role of publishing in creating a sense of satisfaction


Our keynote speakers David Almond and Piers Torday will offer a writer’s perspective on writing and the workshops will provide opportunities to engage in different kinds of writing and feel the pleasure that it brings. Each workshop will provide practical ideas that can be used with children to inspire them to write with pleasure. The conference will reinvigorate your relationship with writing and the ways in which you support the children you work with to become writers themselves.

Programme – Saturday 30th January 

Saturday will involve a full conference programme, with keynote speeches from authors David Almond and Piers Torday, and a selection of workshops led by professionals from across the writing community. The workshops will be:

  • Adisa The Verbalizer – How do you create a space that welcomes creativity and sharing?

  • Felicity Ferguson from the Writing For Pleasure Centre – Children writing non-fiction with heart and voice.

  • Miriam Nash from Ministry of Stories – Writing comedy.

  • Alison Wilcox author of Descriptosaurus – Writing personal narratives.

  • Navan Govender & Doug Kaufman – Introducing Writing Realities: How to nurture an individual’s writer-identity whilst at the same time establishing a strong collective identity by creating a community of writers.

  • The Writing For Pleasure Centre and friends – A teachers’ symposium featuring Tobias Hayden, Sadie Phillips, Ben Harris and Ross Young discussing how they go about teaching ‘writing for pleasure’.

  • Jonny Walker and Jo Castro from Otherwise Education – Writing poetry.

Programme – Sunday 31st January

Teachers’ institute: What is it world-class writing teachers do that makes the difference?

This full day institute, limited to only 30 serving teachers, will be run by Ross Young & Felicity Ferguson, authors of Writing For Pleasure and Real-World Writers and founders of The Writing For Pleasure Centre. 

The day will start with a presentation unpacking research and case studies of the best performing writing teachers from across the globe. Delegates will then have an opportunity to review and discuss their own practice against the 14 principles of effective writing teaching derived from Ross and Felicity’s own research.

After lunch, delegates will learn about the importance of action research before being invited to read and discuss examples of practice written by other writer-teachers.They will then consider what aspect of practice they would like to investigate when they go back to their own classrooms. The day will end with a Q&A session with Ross & Felicity.


Saturday conference only ticket:

      £25 Students

      £35 UKLA members

      £45 Non-members 

Saturday & Sunday combined ticket (limited to 30 teacher delegates):

      £45 UKLA members

      £55 Non-members


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*Saturday & Sunday combined ticket limited to 30 teacher delegates.
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