NCWH Approaching Literacy through Creative Writing, Years 7-12

Fees: $270.00$300.00 *

Enrolments for this course have now closed. Please email to register for this event for 2018.

Course Code: NCWH
Shelley Davidow
Course Dates: 2018
Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, 307 Sussex St, CBD Sydney.
Whole Faculty School Enrolments: $270 per teacher

*Includes a non refundable enrolment fee of $77.



Completing Approaching Literacy through Creative Writing – Years 7-12 will contribute 6 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 1.5.2, 2.5.2, 3.1.2, 3.3.2 and 5.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Course Outline

This course provides high school teachers with the tools to further high school literacy and critical thinking skills: the focus is on implementing a new approach to English/literacy through the introduction of a ‘book project’. This project uses creative writing as a methodology, where the current developmental context of high school students is identified and built upon, providing a framework for this project, which has an assessable and measurable end result. Students will experience aspects of the project first hand, engaging with innovative editorial and creative writing craft-based skills. This will enable them to expand their knowledge and understanding in order to create a clear lesson sequence for high school students. The ‘book project’ uses creative writing, editing and publishing as an holistic and broad methodological approach that encompasses all aspects of literacy development as well as supporting thinking, problem solving and creative and critical thinking. In this course, an explicit and progressive set of exercises, plus peer and self-reviews enables a collaborative approach to teaching and learning that meets students at their current level and helps them understand how to progress.

Teachers please note:

The teacher is responsible for ensuring the PD completed has been recorded in your online account with NESA.

You will need your 6 digit Accreditation Number  – your login number found on your membership card.

You will also be required to complete an evaluation form on the NESA website in addition to our feedback form.

Dr Shelley David

Dr Shelley Davidow is originally from South Africa. She holds a Masters in Education and a Doctorate in Creative Arts. An award-winning author of 41 books, she writes across genres. Her work includes children’s fiction, young adult fiction, and a range of non-fiction texts including the internationally acclaimed Raising Stress-Proof Kids, (Exisle Publishing, Australia, UK, 2014), her biographical memoir Whisperings in the Blood (University of Queensland Press, 2016) and Playing with Words-an introduction to Creative Writing Craft (Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 2016).

She has been a teacher for the past twenty years and is a trained facilitator in Restorative Practice. She runs workshops internationally and currently teaches into the post-graduate programs in the departments of Education and Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia.

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