Talk for Writing: 2 Day workshop 221AT

Thursday 7 October 2021 9:00AM - Friday 8 October 2021 3:30PM

This two day workshop offers teachers an overview of the Talk for Writing approach and provides opportunities for hands-on participation in the steps of this exceptionally effective instructional approach. The workshop addresses the use of Talk for Writing for both fiction and non-fiction and covers:

  • Planning, both for a unit of work, based on instructional needs of students, and at a whole-school level;
  • The “Three I’s” – Imitation, Innovation and Independent Application – which are the basis of the Talk for Writing approach and which allow students to move from dependence to independence in their writing in a systematic, scaffolded way;
  • Providing effective feedback to students in order to promote skill development;
  • Accurate assessment of writing, in order to track student progress and guide teaching goals; and
  • Development of grammatical skills, with a focus on functional application of grammar in writing, through ‘warm-up’ games selected to meet specific instructional needs of students.

This workshop is suitable for primary school teachers. We also offer a Talk for Writing Early Years workshop for Kindergarten and Pre-Primary teachers.

Presenters: Toni Lang and Wes Cutajar


Toni is a DSF Talk for Writing Trainer and primary school teacher. She has worked as Curriculum and School leader in both metropolitan and regional schools implementing and supporting the development of evidence-based teaching programs. She is an advocate of Talk for Writing to engage and support students of all ages and abilities through explicit instruction of written composition.


Wes is a DSF Talk for Writing trainer and primary school teacher. He is committed to using research and evidence-based approaches to improve academic outcomes for all students.  Wes has worked in both specialist and classroom teacher roles from K-6, and has experience in technology-focused school contexts. Prior to joining the DSF Talk for Writing team, he worked effectively as part of School Leadership teams and as a curriculum coach improving teacher practice.


DSF Literacy Services has a ‘no refund’ policy. The exception would be when a Professional Learning Course had to be cancelled by the Foundation. All other requests for cancellation will be invited to re-register for another session. Late cancellation (less than 48 business hrs) will necessitate the Foundation deducting an administration fee of $25.00 and transferring the balance to another Professional Learning Course.
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