Talk for Writing Innovation Masterclass – Extending the Creative Challenge

  • 9:00 AM
  • SPELD NSW: Suite 2, Level 1, 52 O'Connell Street, Parramatta.
  • 08 9217 2500 or



Presented by The Dyslexia SPELD Foundation




The Talk for Writing process is an incredibly effective approach for developing strong writing skills, whether students are just beginning their schooling or are progressing to upper primary and beyond.

This workshop will investigate how the Innovation phase of a Talk for Writing unit can be used to develop creativity and individuality in students’ writing, and how more confident writers can be challenged in order to allow their skills to grow.

Participants will explore how to move away from the model text when innovating, and the use of short-burst writing activities at text, sentence and word level to build the skills and ideas needed for writing longer texts.

In addition, the use of Invention in both early years and primary classes will be explored, as a way of providing students with opportunities to write for pleasure using their growing knowledge of writing tools and styles.

It is a Talk for Writing master class and prior attendance at a Talk for Writing fundamentals workshop is a pre-requisite for attendance.

SPELD NSW members eligible for the DSF discounted member rate.  Please contact SPELD NSW to confirm current membership and access the discount code.

Presenter: Dean Thompson

Dean worked closely with Pie Corbett on the ‘Primary Writing Project’, working with clusters of schools over a two year period in order to transform their reading and writing results through Talk for Writing. In addition, Dean and Pie have developed the ‘Primary Reading Project’, specifically designed to improve reading outcomes in schools.

He was a deputy of a 600+ student school in a very challenging area and has managed the successful implementation of TfW there transforming the school and improving student outcomes. Dean is a very popular presenter and highly sought after consultant and will be in Australia for a very limited period


Date: Thursday, 5 March 2020. 9:00AM – 3.30PM.

Location: SPELD NSW

Cost: DSF / SPELD NSW Members: $242.25. Standard Tickets: $255

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