Writing For Pleasure research and further reading

Publications based upon the Writing For Pleasure pedagogy

Research Report

  • Young, R., (2019) What is it ‘Writing For Pleasure’ teachers do that makes the difference? University Of Sussex: The Goldsmiths’ Company [LINK]

Books

  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2021) Writing For Pleasure: theory, research and practice London: Routledge [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2020) Real-World Writers: a handbook for teaching writing with 7-11 year olds London: Routledge [LINK]

Chapters

  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2021) Writing For Pleasure (Ed) McDonald, R., Inspiring Primary Learners: insights and inspiration across the curriculum London: Routledge [LINK]

Professional Articles & Blogs

  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2020) What makes children want to write? Teaching Reading & Writing 12 46-47 [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2020) What the research says: the most effective ways to improve children’s writing [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2020) How writing approaches built on using stimuli are damaging children’s writing development [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2020) Response to the National Literacy Trust’s survey of children’s writing under lockdown [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2020) What if almost everything we thought about writing was wrong? [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2020) The common misconceptions of ‘Writing For Pleasure’ debunked [LINK]
  • Ferguson, F., (2020) Are you a planner, adventurer or a vomiter? Teach Reading & Writing [LINK]
  • Young, R., (2020) Putting literature back into children’s hands Teach Reading & Writing [LINK]
  • Young, R., (2020) Writing at the kitchen table [LINK]
  • Hayden, T., (2020) Writing For Pleasure with my class under lockdown [LINK]
  • Harris, B., (2020) The book crafting child [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2020) Creating a ‘Writing For Pleasure’ pedagogy: one teacher’s practice English 4-11 69 pp.2-5 [LINK]
  • Young, R., (2020) Writing For Pleasure Journal of Innovate Teaching School Partnership 7 pp.45-48 [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2020) UKLA Viewpoints: Writing Leicester: UKLA [LINK]
  • Phillips, S., (2020) 5 ways I promote a love of writing in the classroom Teach Primary article [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2020) What do I do when my class hates writing? [LINK]

  • Ferguson, F., (2019) How to teach greater depth writing in Primary Teach Primary article [LINK]
  • Fidler, L., (2019) A writer-teacher’s reflection on her process and writer-identity [LINK]
  • Hendry, B., (2019) There is little success where there is little laughter. Writing jokes [LINK]
  • Lane, M., (2019) Teachers developing their writing for pleasure [LINK]
  • Payne, B., (2019) Creative writing is an essential skill for our children, not a nice-to-have [LINK]
  • Valley, K., (2019) I think…that all teachers should do this so they can learn new stuff like us [LINK]
  • Walker, J., (2019) When teachers are writers [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2019) Webinar: What is it ‘Writing For Pleasure’ teachers do that makes the difference? [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2019) 10 ways to make every child a writer Teach Primary article [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2019) Make writing enjoyable for better pupil outcomes Primary School Management article [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2019) Literacy: inspiring pupils’ writing Headteacher Update article [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2019) Writing For Pleasure and the new Ofsted framework [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2019) Do approaches which teach reading and writing together improve children’s writing? [LINK]

  • Phillips, S., (2018) Am I a teacher-writer? [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2018) How memoir writing can produce children’s best work Teach Primary article [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2018) How to run a good pupil conference Teach Primary article [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2018) What exactly is a writer-teacher? Teach Primary article [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2018) The sea of writing English 4-11 64 pp.17-20 [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2018) How to get the most out of ‘Free-Writing Friday’ [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2018) 50 ways children can improve their writing [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2018) The 29 rights of the child writer [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2018) Writing tests are not the answer you’re looking for [LINK]

  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2017) The writing framework: How it is possible to assess writers and not just the writing [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2017) Is the trick in the publishing? Reflecting on why the children are writing with such care & attention [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2017) How we created self-regulating writers & the improvements we have seen [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2017) Teaching writing: What actually is authentic & meaningful writing? [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2017) Give a class ‘one’ book to write through and you’ve taught them for a day. teach them how to use ‘any’ book and you’ve taught them for a lifetime [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2017) They won’t have anything to write about: the dangers of believing pupils are ‘culturally deprived’ [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2017) Are you a ‘Teacher Writer’ or a ‘Writer Teacher’ and why does it matter? [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2017) Teaching the writing process is the best way to improve children’s writing [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2017) If in doubt, circle it out! How to create a class of independent spellers [LINK]
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2017) From The Victorian To Gove To Greening: How Far Has The English Curriculum Really Come? [LINK]

  • Young, R., (2016) In teaching writing, how important is it that teachers be writers too? [LINK]

Action Research: Examples Of Practice

  • Hayden, T., (2020) ‘Mr Hayden! How do writers start their stories?’ [LINK]
  • Hayden, T., Vasques M., (2020) The meaning of a life: Authentic biography writing at home [LINK]
  • Locke, A., Smith, C., Walsh, C., Baldwin, L., & Rooke, J., (2020) Student-teachers becoming writer-teachers [LINK]
  • Bean, B., (2020) Ten minutes a day – a writer I’ll stay [LINK]
  • Whittick, L., (2020) Write a little – share a little [LINK]
  • James, S., (2020) Let’s make a ‘Guess Who?’ book! Writing character descriptions in Year Two [LINK]
  • Harris, B., (2020) That’s MY book [LINK]
  • Harris, B., (2020) Author’s chair [LINK]
  • Hayden, T., (2020) No more draft-dodging [LINK]
  • Vasques, M., (2020) Setting up personal writing projects in KS1 [LINK]
  • Vasques, M., (2020) Writing like a writer in the classroom [LINK]

  • Hayden, T., (2019) Persuasive letters: straight from the heart [LINK]
  • Phillips, S., (2019) Writing rivers [LINK]
  • Phillips, S., (2019) Launching a school magazine [LINK]
  • Young, R., (2019) Creating our own publishing houses [LINK]
  • Young, R., (2019) Advocacy journalism: writing for charity [LINK]
  • Young, R., (2019) Everyone’s an expert [LINK]
  • Young, R., (2019) Ideas heart: getting to the heart of it [LINK]
  • Young, R., (2019) Finding the diamond moment [LINK]
  • Young, R., (2019) How’s it going? Getting started with pupil-conferencing [LINK]
  • Young, R., (2019) Can we do some dabbling? Reading and writing connecting [LINK]
  • Walker, J., (2019) Sharing our perceptions of writing [LINK]

Papers

  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2019) What is it ‘Writing For Pleasure’ teachers do that makes the difference? Seminar presentation UKLA International Conference 2019 Sheffield
  • Young, R., (2019) What is it ‘Writing For Pleasure’ teachers do that makes the difference? Seminar presentation Learning For The Future Conference 2019 Dubai
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2018) How can we free children to write with pleasure, power and empowerment? Seminar presentation UKLA International Conference 2018 Cardiff
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2018) What is ‘Writing For Pleasure’? Keynote presentation UKLA Writing For Pleasure Conference 2018 Canterbury
  • Young, R., Ferguson, F., (2017) Why aren’t we teaching children to write? Seminar Presentation UKLA International Conference 2017 Glasgow

Other publications on Writing For Pleasure

  • Chamberlain, L., (2018) Inspiring Writing In Primary Schools (2nd Ed) London: Routledge
  • Gusevik, R., (2020) Writing for Pleasure and the Teaching of Writing at the Primary Level: A Teacher Cognition Case Study Unpublished dissertation University of Stavanger [LINK]
  • Winter, N., (2019) An intervention study to investigate the effects of regular whole class free choice writing and sharing sessions on young children’s attitudes towards writing Unpublished dissertation Oxford Brookes University [LINK]