Creative Writing: The link between grammar and imagination


Brett Healey

NESA accredited

2 Hours

Online unmoderated course



This course explores the links between grammar-imagination concepts and English textual concepts and provides an explanation through examples and the use of literature as mentor texts. Teachers are provided with practical strategies to use in the classroom to take children's writing to the next level. This course is grounded in the extensive research around Myhill's et. al. (2013) pedagogical approach of functional grammar for writing.  

This course is self-paced and unmoderated. All participants have access to materials for 365 days from the date they register. 

The following six grammar-imagination concepts will be developed -

  • Vantage point
  • Scope
  • Window of Attention
  • Fictive Motion
  • Figure & Ground
  • Action Chains

Learning outcomes

  • Explore the links between grammar-imagination concepts and English textual concepts.
  • Learn to employ grammar as a resource for making meaning in texts.
  • Support writing in the upper primary years using evidence-based practices by demonstrating how author's use of grammar shapes meaning and narrative effect.
  • Develop an understanding of the grammar-for-writing approach to explicitly teach the way authors think about narrative scenes.

Who should participate?

  • Teachers - Years 5/6 
  • Literacy Coordinators
  • Curriculum and Instruction Leaders
  • Heads of Teaching and Learning 

Participants say:


"I have learnt how to support my students in utilising grammar techniques to enhance their writing."

- English Teacher, VIC 

How does it work?

  • Individuals: upon registration individuals will be sent a link to access the PL on our online learning platform.
  • Group bookings: Schools wishing to make a group booking must email us the number of teachers they wish to enrol, in order to receive a quote.


Cost of participation




PL Subscription School Member
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Group booking (10+)

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This course is NESA Accredited

For NSW teachers: Completing Creative Writing: The Link Between Grammar and Imagination will contribute 2 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PL addressing standard descriptor 2.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


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