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Writing in the Early Years Inquiry Group 2020 (Bookmaking)

Katie Ashmead

Saturday, 29 February 2020 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm (ACDT)

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Writing in the Early Years Inquiry Group 2020

Bookmaking with 3-8 Year Olds


Year-long Collaborative Inquiry and Support for the teaching of Writing



Join a small group of like-minded educators from kindergartens (prior-to-school) and primary school settings to deepen your understandings about the pedagogy of Bookmaking and Writing Workshop.

This Study Group is most suited to educators who have previously participated in our Introductory mini-courses and are seeking a community for support and fresh ideas.

It will assume that you have already been using a Bookmaking pedagogy with young writers. We hope the group will include a range of educators who are working with children from 3-8 years of age, as this will enrich our dialogue.


What other participants are saying about their Writing Inquiry Group experience:

"It was a fantastic forum of like-minded educators who were all so passionate about Bookmaking! I highly recommend this Study Group to anone who has entered the wonderful world of Bookmaking!"

Lara, Reception Teacher 

"Not only did we have the opportunity to learn new skills and have guest speakers share their writing experiences, but the networking with other educators was exciting."

   Angela, Early Years Educator


The Study Group will comprise 2 modes for learning (face-to-face & online). It is focussed on educators supporting educators, rather than using workshop or presentation formats.

1. One Saturday Session (3 hours) in Adelaide each term. This will be facilitated by Katie Ashmead, who has been faciliating the Introductory Mini Courses and coaching in the Bookmaking Approach for the past six years, and respond to your questions and interests.

Term 1: Saturday 29 February
Term 2: Saturday 16 May
Term 3: Saturday 1 August
Term 4: Saturday 24 October

(dates are subject to change)

2.  Private FaceBook page where you will be invited to share ideas, successes and ask questions of each other. Moderated by the team at Lisa Burman Consultants, who share articles, blog posts and other resources to support your bookmaking with children.


This year-long project will provide at least 25 hours of professional learning time if you access the FB page just once a week/fortnight. A Certificate of Participation, that is aligned to the Australian Teaching Standards, is provided at the final Saturday Session. 


Please note: payment is strictly by credit card via Eventbrite only.

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Manual invoicing is not available.

Have questions about Writing in the Early Years Inquiry Group 2020 (Bookmaking)? Contact Katie Ashmead

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Immaculate Heart of Mary School
95 East St
Brompton, SA 5007

Saturday, 29 February 2020 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm (ACDT)

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Katie Ashmead

Katie began her career in England and has been working in Adelaide for over 12 years.  She is experienced with a diverse range of skills.  Having implemented Writers Workshop with a bookmaking focus for Reception (Foundation) to year 3 children over a number of years she is passionate about creating opportunities for playful and powerful learning for children in their first years of school. In partnership with Marilyn Hayward, she has facilitated the Introduction to Bookmaking mini courses for Lisa Burman Consultants since 2014. These focus on the Bookmaking pedagogy with three to eight year olds. 

For the last two years Katie has facilitated the Bookmaking Inquiry group and has coached teachers on implementing book making into their sites.  She has also welcomed many educators into her Writing Workshops so they can observe and feel the power of this pedagogy first-hand.  


Katie is understanding of the challenges teachers face both as newly qualified and long term teachers and believes that every child matters. Katie facilitates professional learning in Writers Workshop, Reading Workshop and leads teachers in professional dialogue. 

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