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An author way: a shift in the pedagogy of writing (TES)

I wrote the following article for publication on the TES online 'Subject Genius' blog series. The original article can be found at: An author way: a shift in the pedagogy of writing A recent report by the National Literacy Trust into child attitudes towards writing indicates that the number of children who write for pleasure is on the increase. This is undoubtedly a cause for celebration for those of us who write for joy, work or for any number of assorted reasons. However, for many pupils aged 8-18 years – almost half of those surveyed in fact – writing is still an activity that fails to capture the imagination and for some remains an unenjoyable slog. I can empathise with both the joyful and the joyless. I often wonder how my former teachers who cajoled, bullied and dragged me by the pencil tip to produce writing of any quality might now feel if they knew that I enjoy writing as an adult. The laying down of words is no

New Training Courses for Spring 2018!

All courses are priced at £140pp (includes lunch and resources) at a high-quality venue in north Leeds. Early Bird offer - book one of the first six places on any course for only £100!      12 January 2018 - Using quality texts in primary literacy, Leeds, full day 26 January 2018 - Using film in primary literacy, Leeds, full day   2 February 2018 - Supporting creative writers (for primary TAs) - Leeds, full day   9 February 2018 - No fear Shakespeare for primary schools, Leeds, full day  *Dates may be subject to change. To see more, see details of my training packages here or find out other ways to work with me . For booking details, please email Stefan at