Writing Courses

Writing includes the ability to plan, compose, edit and publish texts in print or digital forms. It usually involves activities using pencils, pens, word processors; and/or using drawings, models, photos to represent text; and/or using a scribe to record responses or produce recorded responses. 

These PETAA courses acknowledge that writing is one of the productive language modes and that learning to write requires gaining control of language at the levels of text, paragraph, sentence and word. These courses provide teachers with knowledge about genre, text patterns, grammar and vocabulary, spelling and punctuation, and offer strategies for guiding students through choosing language for a particular purpose and communicating with a particular audience.

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Online: Handwriting & keyboarding in the 21st century
Presented by Dr Noella Mackenzie.  Contemporary writing incorporates a variety of traditional, digital, multimodal, and visual literacy forms, with the written word still central to most texts.

When: February 21 – March 21, 2022
Where: Online
Online: Intro to English language and sentence grammar
An online course presented by Dr. Rod Campbell, demonstrating that teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective.

When: March 1 – April 1, 2022
Where: Online
In Person: Let's write an English unit with textual concepts
(IN PERSON New South Wales) Presented by Dr Lorraine Beveridge and Michael Murray, this practical course will show teachers how to write quality syllabus-based English units of work, utilising English Textual Concepts (ETCs), while still attending to the literacy and language needs of their students.  This course utilises the concept-based approach to program design. A seven-step process for developing quality units is adapted from the work of Wiggins and McTighe (2005,... Details
When: March 12, 2022
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
Online: Supporting struggling readers
Presented and moderated by  Dr Kaye Lowe, author of For The Love of Reading and Writing The Future. This online workshop is a practical examination of the reading process and demonstrates strategies that support readers to comprehend texts and develop a love of reading. It provides evidence-based strategies that eliminate the stress and anxiety too often experienced by struggling... Details
When: March 14 – April 11, 2022
Where: Online
Online: Going Meta - Enabling rich talk about writing
Presented and moderated by Professor Debra Myhill, and comprising 5 distinct modules, this comprehensive course looks at what is meant by metalinguistic understanding, how to plan writing lessons which foster understanding of language choices and how to generate metalinguistic talk in your classroom. It explores metalinguistic modelling of choices in writing and unpacks writing as a craft. Each module will involve reference to research and underlying understandings combined with a... Details
When: March 21 – April 25, 2022
Where: Online
In person: Attentive teaching of writing with mentor texts
(IN PERSON New South Wales) Actively noticing the craft of writing: attentive teaching with mentor texts. Presented by Dr. Lorraine McDonald, this workshop will demonstrate how students can be guided to 'actively notice' how quality texts are constructed and how to follow these mentor texts to make relevant choices for their own writing purposes. Participants will apply explicit language/grammatical knowledge to closely observe how readers are engaged, how the texts are cohesive and... Details
When: March 23, 2022
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
Online: Advanced sentence grammar and cohesion
An online course presented by Dr. Rod Campbell, demonstrating that teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective.

When: April 15 – May 15, 2022
Where: Online
In person: Contemporary perspectives on teaching spelling
Presented by Dr Tessa Daffern.  Research provides evidence that learning to spell does not proceed in linear stages, and that instruction in spelling should involve multiple linguistic skills and strategies from the early years of learning to write. Learning to spell requires explicit and differentiated instruction in the phonological, orthographic and morphological components of spelling. Successful instruction in spelling is underpinned by quality assessment procedures and involves ... Details
When: May 5, 2022
Where: Newtown, NSW
F2F Exploring how texts work in HASS: geography and history
(IN PERSON South Australia) What are the core text types reflected in the Australian Curriculum; HASS: Geography and History? How do we support our learners in reading and writing texts to successfully construct and represent their learning?

When: May 26 – June 17, 2022
Where: Glenunga, SA
Online: Going Meta - Enabling rich talk about writing
Presented and moderated by Professor Debra Myhill, and comprising 5 distinct modules, this comprehensive course looks at what is meant by metalinguistic understanding, how to plan writing lessons which foster understanding of language choices and how to generate metalinguistic talk in your classroom. It explores metalinguistic modelling of choices in writing and unpacks writing as a craft. Each module will involve reference to research and underlying understandings combined with a... Details
When: June 1 – July 1, 2022
Where: Online
In Person: Let's write an English unit with textual concepts
(IN PERSON New South Wales) Presented by Dr Lorraine Beveridge and Michael Murray, this practical course will show teachers how to write quality syllabus-based English units of work, utilising English Textual Concepts (ETCs), while still attending to the literacy and language needs of their students.  This course utilises the concept-based approach to program design. A seven-step process for developing quality units is adapted from the work of Wiggins and McTighe (2005,... Details
When: June 15–16, 2022
Where: NSW
Online: Launching spelling through reading and writing
Presented by Robyn Wild. While most Foundation teachers don’t use formal spelling programs or include weekly Friday dictations into their literacy routines, the teaching of spelling is their core business. So, what are they doing? Join us while we see and hear how children are introduced to words, letters and letter patterns during shared reading and shared and interactive writing, and then use this information as they create their own... Details
When: June 20 – July 18, 2022
Where: Online
In person: Supporting struggling readers
(IN PERSON New South Wales) Presented and moderated by  Dr Kaye Lowe, author of For The Love of Reading and Writing The Future. This online workshop is a practical examination of the reading process and demonstrates strategies that support readers to comprehend texts and develop a love of reading. It provides evidence-based strategies that eliminate the stress and anxiety too often experienced by struggling... Details
When: June 30, 2022
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
Online: Intro to English language and sentence grammar
An online course presented by Dr. Rod Campbell, demonstrating that teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective.

When: July 11 – August 15, 2022
Where: Online
Online: Attentive teaching of writing with mentor texts
Actively noticing the craft of writing: attentive teaching with mentor texts. Presented by Dr. Lorraine McDonald, this workshop will demonstrate how students can be guided to 'actively notice' how quality texts are constructed and how to follow these mentor texts to make relevant choices for their own writing purposes.

When: August 15 – September 19, 2022
Where: Online
Online: Going Meta - Enabling rich talk about writing
Presented and moderated by Professor Debra Myhill, and comprising 5 distinct modules, this comprehensive course looks at what is meant by metalinguistic understanding, how to plan writing lessons which foster understanding of language choices and how to generate metalinguistic talk in your classroom. It explores metalinguistic modelling of choices in writing and unpacks writing as a craft. Each module will involve reference to research and underlying understandings combined with a... Details
When: August 29 – September 22, 2022
Where: Online
In Person: Let's write an English unit with textual concepts
(IN PERSON New South Wales) Presented by Dr Lorraine Beveridge and Michael Murray, this practical course will show teachers how to write quality syllabus-based English units of work, utilising English Textual Concepts (ETCs), while still attending to the literacy and language needs of their students.  This course utilises the concept-based approach to program design. A seven-step process for developing quality units is adapted from the work of Wiggins and McTighe (2005,... Details
When: September 3, 2022
Where: Western Sydney venue tbc, NSW
Online: Advanced sentence grammar and cohesion
An online course presented by Dr. Rod Campbell, demonstrating that teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective.

When: October 31 – November 28, 2022
Where: Online