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Write Out of the Classroom


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1. Introduction and Theory; 2. Choosing locations for interactive writing visits; 3. Out-of-classroom sessions: preparations and practicalities; 4. Leading a descriptive poetry brainstorm session; 5. Possible pre-writing inputs on poetry’s layouts, sounds, language, meaning & form; 6. Essential inputs before students write descriptive poems; 7. additional poetry inputs, editing tips and suggestions on the ‘writing space’; 8. ‘Minimalist poems’: a useful poetry form to base on locational brainstorms; 9. Group poems, their development into other art forms and examples of co-operative work; 10. Useful poetry forms for writing on location: ‘reflective haikus’; 11. Useful poetry forms for writing on location: ‘syllable cinquains’; 12. How locations can improve story writing and generate amazing plots; 13. Location-based collective stories; 14. Location-inspired fictitious diary writing; 15. Endless possibilities: taking out-of-classroom writing in more directions

About the Author

Colin Macfarlane is a writer, educational consultant, performing poet, creative writing tutor and ex-journalist. He has run numerous courses for institutions throughout the UK and his educational work has been featured in publications including the Times Educational Supplement.


'There is life beyond the school gates, as demonstrated by this motivating and practical book that proves education is so much more than paperwork in the classroom.'- Len Parkyn, The Teacher magazine - NUT

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