We are delighted to announce our new Twitter page: @WritingRocks_17

From the outset, we would like to propose that WritingRocks’ purpose is not to advocate for nor prescribe a certain theoretical or ideological stance on the best way to teach English. We wish to welcome all practitioners who are looking at the potential for a ‘Writing For Pleasure’ pedagogy.  Therefore, please share practical ways by which teachers and schools can improve children’s motivation and outcomes in literacy. Let us together try and harness theoretical ideas and research which may shed some light on the practical challenges faced by schools, teachers and children more widely and tentatively provide potential reflections and possible solutions to these ideas and most importantly – make writing rock!

Each month we will get together on twitter and either:

  • Select questions for writers, teachers and/or TAs to discuss together. Hopefully, we will share ideas and solutions, but maybe raise a few questions, too!
  • Alternatively, we will invite children’s authors to discuss their writing process or see what we can learn from other professional writers across many fields.
  • We are also looking for quest curators to lead some sessions – if you’re an expert on something and this would interest you either email us at literacyforpleasure@gmail.com or tweet us at @WritingRocks_17 or @lit4pleasure

If you have a question related to writing with children aged 3 – 11 years old, be it about the teaching of writing or encouraging writing for pleasure or how you can be more of a ‘writing teacher’ you can ask it via our form at the bottom of this page.

You can view the #WritingRocks_17 schedule below:

  • They will run for around an hour, starting at 8pm.
  • We will start by discussing four or five questions on the topic for that month using the hashtag #WritingRocks
  • Submitted questions from you out in twitter land will also be tweeted out.
  • You can submit a question for discussion here.
  • If you’d like to be a quest author or curator, please email us at literacyforpleasure@gmail.com


  1. Thursday 20th April 2017 (8pm) What Is Writing & Why Do We Write?
  2. Thursday 18th May (8pm) The Primary Assessment Consultation
  3. Thursday 25th May (8pm) The 10 Rights Of The Child Writer.
  4.  Thursday 25th May (8pm)  Writer Teacher Or Teacher Writer?
  5. Thursday 14th September (8pm) Writing For Pleasure
  6. Monday 13th November (8pm) Building Communities Of Writers
  7. Monday 4th December (8pm) How To Ensure Every Child Feels Like A Writer
  8. Monday 15th January (8pm) Talking About & Sharing Writing
  9. Monday 12th February (8pm) Planning Purposeful & Authentic Writing Projects

Thank you for your contributions.

Remember if you’d like to get in touch, have things retweeted or ask questions related to writing you can use our @WritingRocks_17 handle.