WRITE AWAY ANNUAL CONFERENCEMore than Information: Engaging Hearts and Minds through Non-fiction Date: 22nd May 2008 9.00 – 4.00
Venue University of London, Institute of Education, Bedford Way, London
Target audience: leading teachers, advance skills teachers, literacy co-ordinators, literacy consultants, primary class teachers, school librarians, school library services
Description: This inspirations conference aims to reinvigorate the teaching of non-fiction reading and writing in primary schools through implementation of a creative curriculum, harnessing the emotions and asserting the value of aesthetic experience. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear leading voices in the field reflect upon current practices as well as presenting ideas for development and change. A key feature of the conference is a programme of workshops co-presented by writers and educators, which will creatively explore different forms of writing as well as the use of film, photography and drama. Children’s work will be on display during the day. Confirmed speakers include Nicolette Jones, Martin Salisbury, Nicola Davies, Vivian French, Prue Goodwin, Nikki Gamble, Richard Platt, Prodeepta Das and Marilyn Brocklehurst.
Themes addressed include:Finding a voice: children writing non-fictionPhotography – encouraging reflection and questioningNon-fiction filmDrama: creating a need to knowFresh approaches to biographyIllustrating non-fictionWar and picturebooksThe outdoor classroom as a site for non-fiction writingSelecting non-fiction for the library and classroomNon-fiction writing – an affective approach
The conference bookshop will be provided by Marilyn Brocklehurst’s and the amazing Norfolk Children’s Book Centre. Earlybird booking on or before 28th February 2008 £90 After the 28th February £125 10 places reserved for student teachers will be allocated by prize draw.
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