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Introduction to Writer's Notebook Mini-Course - Term 1 2020

Amanda Bartram

Saturday, 22 February 2020 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm (ACDT)

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Introduction to Writer's Notebooks


2 Saturday Sessions

Facilitated by Amanda Bartram

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Being a writer is more than knowing how to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard. Understanding how to craft effective writing to convey an intended message involves complex composing decisions alongside knowledge of language conventions. Strong writers think about their audience, the purpose for writing and select the most appropriate crafting techniques for their needs. They learn to think like a writer: collecting ideas for writing, thinking about word choice, sentence fluency, structure and how to bring authentic voice to their writing.

Many teachers (and schools) have recently embraced a strong genre-based pedagogy for writing. This has strengthened the knowledge base of educators and has resulted in far more explicit teaching of text structures and features. Developing writers are now supported to write well structured recounts, narratives, expositions and reports.

This writing may be well structured, but unfortunately much of it can be uninspiring to read! The writing lacks voice and uniqueness and writers are not skilled in techniques to create a well crafted piece of writing. Too many developing writers believe that “good writing” means ‘writing a lot’ or ‘getting all the spelling right’. Writer's Notebooks have the power to transform writing lessons: young writers begin to care about what they write and teachers have a way to easily connect grammar, crafting and spelling lessons to authentic writing.

This mini-course will introduce the philosophy behind Writer's Notebooks and Writing Workshop and put particular emphasis on establishing a writing community from the beginning of the school year. Participants will also learn some specific writing devices that are easy to teach and learn in order to improve the quality of writing. 

This mini-course is most suited to educators working with young writers in Years 3-7.



Registration is for 2 sessions:

Saturday 22 February 2020 9:30am - 3:00pm

Saturday 21 March 9:30am - 3:00pm


Morning Tea provided

BYO Lunch


Discount is offered to full time students and teams of 5+ from the same site. Please email Melissa at directly for a discount code to use on registration. 

 Please note: payment is only by credit card via Eventbrite. Tax invoices are provided immediately should you require reimbursement from your site. Manual invoicing is not available.


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St Martin's Catholic Primary
66-80 Princes St
Adelaide, South Australia 5083

Saturday, 22 February 2020 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm (ACDT)

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Amanda Bartram

Amanda is a passionate and innovative early years educator, who has recently embraced the ‘wonderful messiness’ of consultancy work with Lisa Burman Consultants.


In her previous role at Blair Athol North B-7 School, Amanda developed a model of ‘doing school differently’ with a group of children in years 2 to 7 in the Red 5 Studio project. In this project, educators listened and responded to children in authentic ways; providing possibilities for engagement, increased wellbeing, a sense of community connectedness and a deep commitment to personalised learning – including children planning their own learning every day! 


Amanda lives her belief that children are competent and capable – a view which underpins her daily work with children, their families and other educators.  


Amanda facilitates professional learning in areas such as: Engaging Learning Environments, Bookmaking & Writer’s Notebooks, Nature Play, Loose Parts & Blocks; and Making & Tinkering.

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