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Read any good books lately?

  By Ian Eyres, Senior Lecturer, The Open University Spring is here, and along with it comes yet another headteacher telling children what they should or shouldn’t read. The Alex Rider and Twilight series are probably the most famous on the latest list of publications deemed to be ‘so simplistic, brutal or banal they are … Continue reading “Read any good books lately?”


Writing in the cracks

By Anthony Wilson, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter I was having a coffee with a new writer friend the other day. Not having known each other for very long, I knew at some point he would ask me how I went about ‘doing it’, the writing he knew I was serious about, alongside the pressures … Continue reading “Writing in the cracks”


The struggle

By Professor Debra Myhill, Director of the Centre for Research in Writing, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, The University of Exeter One recurrent theme arising from our interviews with the professional writers in our Teachers as Writers research is that writing is not easy.  Many of the writers, when talking about their own writing, were very conscious … Continue reading “The struggle”


Make Every Word Count

By Lucy Oliver, Research Fellow, University of Exeter ‘Make every word count’ – a piece of good advice, carefully jotted in margins during a lesson on editing. As students contemplate their first drafts, I wonder how they might interpret this in practice. Make every word count for whom? And what is perceived to count in … Continue reading “Make Every Word Count”


Writing from the heart

By Teresa Cremin, Professor of Literacy in Education, The Open University Our Teachers as Writers research reveals the highly personal nature of much writing. Threaded through our data from the Arvon residential we can see a strong sense of ‘writing from the heart’.  In some ways this not surprising; we know that writers draw on their lives … Continue reading “Writing from the heart”


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