Talk for Writing (T4W) with Peta Collins

  • 08:30 AM
  • Parramatta Mantra Hotel, Cnr Parkes St & Valentine Ave, Parramatta
  • 02 9739 6277 or em:

Professional Development Two Day Workshop

Transforming poor writers into outstanding writers

Developed by Pie Corbett

Presented by educational psychologist Peta Collins

Psychologist at Dyslexia SPELD Foundation (DSF) Literacy and Clinical Services, WA.
BA (Hons), M.Psych (Ed & Dev), Grad Dip Ed (Spec. Ed.)

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 March, 2017

Workshop Info:

Audience: Classroom teachers and/or tutors of Kindergarten to Year 6 students.

When: Friday 17 March 9am – 3.30pm and Saturday 18 March 9am – 3.00pm
8.15 Registration, tea & coffee (Morning tea and lunch provided)

Where: Mantra Parramatta Cnr Parkes St & Valentine Ave, Parramatta

Enquiries: SPELD NSW (02) 9739 6277 Em:

Cost: Members: $395 / Non Members: $450 / Students: $160  / SPELD Tutors: $300


Download the T4W PDF Flyer


Talk for Writing is a unique process that uses spoken activities to develop writing skills. Quality writing is created by first expanding and developing students’ oral language skills and then teaching the necessary steps for good sentence, paragraph and text construction. T4W has the potential to dramatically improve students’ writing.

The approach also offers students with learning and language difficulties an opportunity to develop stronger writing skills. Feedback from students indicates that they find T4W ‘fun engaging and motivating’


Workshop Overview

This two day workshop offers teachers an overview of the T4W approach and provides opportunities for hands-on participation in the steps of this exceptionally effective instructional approach. This is an evidence based intervention for teaching written expression.

The workshop addresses the use of T4W for both fiction and non-fiction texts and includes:

  • Talk for Writing (T4W) in action

    Planning for a unit of work based on the instructional needs of students at a class or whole-school level;

  • Using the “Three I’s” – Imitation, Innovation and Invention – as the basis of the T4W approach so students move from dependence to independence in a systematic, scaffolded way;
  • Providing effective feedback to students in order to promote skill development;
  • Assessing writing accurately to track student progress and guide teaching goals; and
  • Developing grammatical skills, through a functional application in writing, for example, ‘warm-up’ games to meet the specific instructional needs of students.



For more information about T4W see the Official Talk4Writing Website.

They offer downloadable resources, Case Studies, T4W School Network and more.



Completing these two days will contribute to 10.5 hours of QTC Registered Professional learning addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 1.6.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.2.2, 5.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.





SPELD NSW would like to help Learning Support Teachers attend our Professional Development Days. Please email a short paragraph on how your attendance will help students with special needs. If you would like to discuss this further please contact the Executive Officer on 9739 6277.



Download the T4W PDF Flyer

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