The Craft of Writing

A One-day Professional Learning Course for Teachers of HSC Standard and Advanced Module C: The Craft of Writing

venues and Dates

  • Charles Sturt University, Bathurst NSW Campus, 14th September 2019

  • Calrossy Anglican School, Tamworth (Brisbane Street Campus) NSW, 21st September 2019

  • Onsite: Have Emily come to you to facilitate the course for your English faculty on a date that suits you!

course overview

Facilitator: Emily Bosco

Audience: Stage 6 English teachers

Accredited Career Stage Level: Proficient Teacher (NSW)

NESA Accredited Hours: 5 hours and 30 minutes


  • All course materials

  • Mastering the Craft of Writing Student Book

  • Fully catered at off-site venues


  • $350 per teacher

  • $1000 per faculty (3 or more teachers)

All fees are GST inclusive



For NSW teachers, completing The Craft of Writing course will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing Standards 2 and 3 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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Course Description

This course provides teachers with a variety of thinking routines and protocols for maintaining attention on the prescribed texts as both models of effective writing and stimulus for interesting and effective writing. From here, teachers will examine the discursive writing and reflective commentary writing styles in detail. The course concludes with a focus on the demands of different types of practice examination questions and establishing fair marking criterion for these questions.

Who should take this course?

  • Stage 6 English teachers


SESSION 1: Overview of Module c, requirements, and thinking routines for maintaining focus on writing craft

In this session, teachers will:

  • Consider the requirements of Module C: The Craft of Writing

  • Learn strategies for using the prescribed texts as models of, and stimulus for, effective writing

  • Learn a variety of thinking routines and protocols that can be used in the classroom for focusing student attention on writing craft

SESSION 2: Discursive writing

In this session, teachers will:

  • Consider discursive writing as a style of writing

  • Analyse examples of the discursive style in a range of forms.

  • Consider the opportunities afforded by, and implications of, examination questions that require students to write in a discursive style

SESSION 3: Reflective Commentary Writing

In this session, teachers will:

  • Consider the purpose and features of the reflective commentary form

  • Examine a range of examination questions that require students to write a reflective commentary

  • Consider the opportunities afforded by these types of questions and the implications for teaching, learning, and assessment/marking

SESSION 4: Writing Practice Examination Questions & Marking Criteria

In this session, teachers will:

  • Look carefully at how practice questions are written, and the factors that need to be considered when setting questions for this module

  • Practice writing suitable marking criterion for a range of practice questions in language that is accessible for students

make a booking

To register for this course, please complete one of the relevant forms below.

For multiple individual registrations from one school, please register each teacher separately using the online form. Please use the same school purchase order number for each teacher.

If you would like Emily to run the course onsite, at your school, please use the Onsite Faculty Booking Form.