The Workshop in Schools Scheme is supported by:
SHOWING, NOT TELLING!
Our Programmes for Schools
- SPECIAL OFFER for CLUSTERS of SCHOOLS. Thanks to a grant from the Rata Foundation we are able to offer a subsidy for our intensive GaTE writing programme to TWO clusters of schools for each term of 2016. We will provide a weekly enrichment writing programme for ten of your cluster’s most able Year 5/6 or Year 7/8 pupils. Eight weeks × three hours per week in the term. You arrange the venue and the transport and we will manage the rest; a full morning of writing guidance each week plus collation of published work.
- ONE WHOLE MONTH OF ENRICHMENT WRITING: We will run a one-day workshop as a springboard to four weeks of writing for eight of your pupils. Using google docs, your children will have a personalized writing programme, with regular tutor feedback to keep them motivated and improving. This programme can be extended month by month, or you can dip in and out during the year.
- TWO-DAY WORKSHOPS: our traditional two-day workshops continue to be very popular. We can adapt them to suit your school’s needs. Up to 10 young writers get intense workshop time with one of our experienced tutors, who are all successful writers in their own right. Prose, poetry, narrative, animation script … you ask for it and we’ll make it happen.
- RADIO PLAYS: In a two-day workshop (as above), your children will enjoy the challenges of creating characters and writing for the ears. The script is then edited and you have the option of going to Plains FM to record the play. This can go to air, complete with sound effects, and be upload as a podcast on your website.
- RETICENT WRITERS: Do you have a group of children who have potential but hold back from writing experiences? We can help with small group, or one to one tutoring, to build enjoyment, skills and confidence. A great way to change the mindsets of those children who say, “I’ve got nothing to write about.”
SCHOOLS SHOW WHAT THEY THINK OF THE WORKSHOPS IN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
- The teachers were impressed by the quality of the work produced and the enthusiasm with which the children responded (Lisa Dovey, Halswell School).
- The boys’ group gave the boys an understanding that they could be successful writers and produce work of high quality. Both this and the girls’ group produced work of a high standard and the processes which Young Writers staff went through complemented the work being done at our school (Alistair Sim, Shirley Primary School).
- Students are introduced to “higher level thinking” of creative writing. They learn the procedure of edit/re-edit several times before publishing. Parents are proud of the writing which is published in booklet form, presented at assemblies and also posted on the school web page (Margaret Maw, Kaiapoi North School).
- The programme provided by The School for Young Writers is outstanding. Groups of children with recognized talent in this area are selected to work with the tutors on a comprehensive writing programme. We have seen these children achieve at a higher level, with assessment data to support this analysis (Ginnie Warren, St Albans School).
- We value this service highly, not only for those students fortunate enough to attend but also for the spin-off effects on other students once these children come back into the classroom (Ann Edmundson, St Bernadette’s School, Christchurch).
- This is a first-rate programme and an opportunity that we wouldn’t miss. It provides opportunities that would never come any other way and we love being able to share the finished work with family, friends, teachers, classmates and the wider community (Iris Derham, Freeville School).
- I see a huge need for this type of teaching in our region, where students can be rather insular, so by having an outside facilitator, it provides another avenue to switch students on to writing (Joy Baker, Runanga School).
- This programme provides intensive scaffolding and guidance, expectations that students will succeed, well-structured format and delivery, constructive feedback to students, with next-step learning (Mary Fenwick, St Patrick’s School, Kaiapoi).
- Those taking part experienced a new way of working with language. They gained a sense of being a writer and moved forward with new knowledge. The tutor related very quickly to our children and provided instruction and support that encouraged them to write beautifully (Glenn Bermingham, Rowley Avenue School).
- Our dealings with the School of Young Writers over the past several years have been most professional and helpful. Communication is always timely, staff go out of their way to ensure the programmes they provide our students with are of an extremely high standard. Workshops are tailored to meet the needs of the group of students taking part and subsequent workshops continue to build on and move these students further in their writing (Jenny Washington & Jenny Felton, Mairehau Primary School).
We are open to your ideas for workshops in your schools.
We can also provide writers to speak with classes, do readings or performances.
Contact us by emailing Glyn or through our facebook page.