We were lucky enough recently to have novelist Angela Savage working as a ‘writer in residence’ at our school for a week or so, giving some writing classes as well as working with individual students.
Angela Savage was terrific in the way she was able to work with groups of students and individuals and some promising writing emerged. It’s one skill being able to write a really good novel; quite another to work with a group of forty + senior students and engage them in a writing activity and Angela could do both.
However, I was also interested in Angela’s own blog posting reflecting on that experience. (and heartened to see a writer with a blog!) When you’ve been working in schools for a long time sometimes you forget the unique strangeness of that environment. Angela’s post talks honestly about the sometimes confronting demands of the school environment.
Angela Savage is the author of Behind the Night Bazaar (Text Publishing). You can read her post here
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