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December 13, 2011
Warwick Writing Programme in Schools (WWPS) is a year-long course which offers MA in Writing students the opportunity to run workshops for children and young people in local schools, and schools the chance to work with talented, emerging writers. Now in its third year, the course is designed to support students as they examine their own creativity and practice as writers, and to use the insights they gain as a basis for building their own workshop philosophy and practice supporting others to develop as writers. Wherever possible, the course allows students to follow their own interests in running workshops such as, perhaps, working with children with learning difficulties or working with adults. Students work closely with teachers in planning and delivering a number of workshops, enabling them to gain an understanding of the classroom environment, the possibilities and constraints of working within schools, and the National Curriculum. A series of guest speakers from within the Warwick Writing Programme and the wider writing community give students a range of perspectives on the different approaches and philosophies to running writing workshops. The course also has a strong focus on the practical side of working as a writer in schools, looking at safeguarding, finding work, applying for funding, behaviour management, planning, delivery and evaluation. By the end of the course, students will have a greater understanding of how they work as writers, how to use that knowledge as a basis for running workshops, and how they can support others in developing their own writing practice. Students who complete the course to the satisfaction of the course leader and the teachers they work with will be given a testimonial from the school which they can use to promote themselves when looking for work.