Writing journals give children the opportunity to become writers, rather than simply teaching them how to write. Writers choose to write and choose what to write. They write for fun, to share information and to explore what matters to them in their inner and outer worlds. In this Minibook, Lynda Graham and Annette Johnson explain how to set up and use writing journals in class. They discuss why they are important and provide compelling case study evidence to illustrate the effect that writing journals can have on children’s attainment and their attitudes to writing.