Hello! We hope you’ll join our warm and welcoming special interest group: @WritingRocks_17

You can view the #WritingRocks schedule below. Put the dates and times in your diary, we hope you can join us!


  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) Reading, Sharing And Talking About Writing
  9. Monday 5th February (8pm) Planning Purposeful & Authentic Writing Projects (with special curator @TheWritingWeb)!
  10. Monday 26th February (8pm) Writing Examples As A Writer-Teacher (with special curator @Write_Example
  11. Monday 12th March (8pm) Explicitly Teaching The Writing Processes
  12. Monday 16th April (8pm) Scaffolding New Learning And Setting Writing Goals
  13. Monday 21st May (8pm) Reassuring Consistency: A Whole School Approach To Writing Development

How It Works: 

  • Our chats run for around an hour, starting at 8pm.
  • Across the hour, we post four questions using the hashtag #WritingRocks.
  • To discuss the question simply reply or use the #WritingRocks hashtag.
  • Any questions that you want to ask will also be retweeted out.
  • If you want to show off some good practice or anything you’ve written simply send it to us by using our handle @WritingRocks_17
  • 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

You Can Take Part Any Time:

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 simply ask the community by writing a tweet to our handle @WritingRocks_17 or by using the hashtag #WritingRocks. We will get it and send it out to the community to respond. We are all really nice!


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!

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.