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September Seminars
Fri 24 Aug 2007
We are pleased to be running two extra seminars in our Professional Development Programme, in partnership with the Birmingham Book Festival. These are taking place on 10 and 12 September, with tutors Anne Caldwell and Mandy Coe.

Refreshing Your Practice - a skill sharing day for experienced writers who work in education
10 September 2007, 10am-3pm
Highbury Hall, 4 Yew Tree Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QG

- in partnership with the Birmingham Book Festival

This day is aimed at writers with a track record of working in schools and other educational settings. It will be a practical, hands on day where writers come together to discuss common ground in their work together, and share tried and tested ideas that they have used in their work with others. The day will enable writers to take away a fresh set of workshop ideas for various age ranges and purposes and have a chance to look at ways in which they would like to take their career and professional development further.

Facilitator - Anne Caldwell
Anne is a poet with over ten years experience of working in educational settings. Her work is anthologised in two new collections this year by Cinnamon Press and Worple Press. She is currently professional development manager for NAWE and NALD and runs a company called Sources that specialises in running projects that combine creative writing with other art forms, particularly New Media. She has coordinated Taking the Plunge alongside Mandy Coe, which trained writers to work in schools in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University's Writing School.

Developing Your Career as a Freelance Writer in Education
12 September 2007, 10am-3pm
Highbury Hall, 4 Yew Tree Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QG

- in partnership with the Birmingham Book Festival

This seminar will enable participants to sharpen up their planning skills and learn from new developments in this field. Focusing on how to set up a schools visit that works well for the writer, teachers and pupils it will explore the development of a freelance career using writing as a creative tool in education and other settings. It is aimed at writers wanting to build up their work in schools and educational venues, and will also look at building up a tool kit of workshop ideas to use in the classroom.

Feedback on a previous seminar:

'It exceeded my expectations because it instilled confidence in me that I could do it! 'It met all my aims �" of how to plan and build up a portfolio of workshop ideas and exercises, how to approach schools, how to build relationships with teachers and leave something behind of value to them, as well as the students.'

Facilitator - Mandy Coe
Mandy Coe's collections, Pinning the Tail on the Donkey (Spike) and The Weight of Cows (Shoestring Press 2004) both include poems selected for the Forward Book of Poetry. Her poetry for children is anthologised by Bloomsbury, Oxford University Press, and Hoddor Wayland. She delivers consultancies on writing in education projects in galleries, museums and schools. With the Poetry Society's poetryclass team, she delivers INSET for teachers and with NAWE she mentors writers who wish to work in schools.


To book a place on either seminar, please use the downloadable booking form above and return it with your payment to Anne Caldwell.

Price per seminar: £30 NAWE members; £40 non-members.

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National Association of Writers in Education
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Anne Caldwell
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