In this practical workshop, Sheena and Louise will review the components of a balanced and engaging writing program at emergent, early and fluent levels. They will introduce a suggested lesson sequence, which aims to motivate and scaffold writers, allowing time for self and partner reflection. Teachers will be introduced to a range of mini-lesson ideas and generic ‘Quick Write’ activities that can be used for different writing purposes across a range of levels.


Aims for the workshop: 

  • To introduce the key principles of an effective writing programme 
  • To break down the components of a balanced writing programme 
  • To explore the features of both long and short writing lessons 



Session 1: Introduction

  • Guiding principles
  • Gradual release of responsibility model
  • Reading/writing links
  • Overview of the Writing Toolkits
  • The writing classroom
  • Creating a culture of risk taking for writing
  • Organising guided writing
  • Planning for writing
  • Authentic opportunities for writing
  • Text types vs other writing forms


Session 2: The writing lesson

  • Generating ideas for writing
  • The writing lesson


Session 3: The skills toolkit

  • Organising ideas for writing
  • Mini-lessons to teach specific skills
  • Quick Write activities


More information and a code to join this workshop will be emailed to attendees closer to the time.


“Lots of practical ideas - classroom tested. Sheena and Louise are so easy to listen to and I liked the link back to how they had actually used the strategies in the class and showed examples of children's work” - quote from teacher.


“I found it relevant, practical and useful. I went straight back to my classroom and could implement some of my new learning without buying extra resources or changing anything in my classroom. Simply modifying my teaching.  Thank you” - quote from teacher.

Average rating for Developing an effective writing programme

4.9 / 5.0 from 111 reviews

Location: Online 8am-12pm AEST

Date: Sat, 17th September 2022

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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