‘Brad changed my perspective on teaching and writing.’

‘Excellent insight into how to apply writing strategies to improve writing for all students.’

‘The writing component helped me realise the level of thinking it required for students.’

‘Highly relevant and effective with relevant anecdotes and real-life experiences of successes and failures – relatable! Insightful.’ 

‘Brad knew his stuff and was very passionate. He drew in his own experiences which were effective and he was excellent at drawing on people’s responses.’

‘Wonderful! Clear, engaging and helpful. Used analogies that made sense!’

‘Brad was easy to listen to. An experienced writer, approachable and helpful, highly knowledgeable.’

‘Really, really useful – a real mind shift in how I think about teaching writing.’

‘Not overwhelming. Everything in one handy booklet.’

‘Brad created an intimate, positive learning environment.’

Hey, thanks for visiting Cornerstone.

We’ve refreshed all of our writing courses for 2022.

After 3 years, over 1,000 teachers, 15 courses, two books and an online teaching writing platform – plus navigating through you-know-what!, we’re ready to take the next step in teacher learning.

Some of our writing courses are based on teaching writing – and others on step-by-step writing processes. All of our courses come with a different focus, so look carefully through them to see which is right for you.

We’ve got 2 and 5 hour courses, e-books, online courses and free webinars (and  the nostalgia of old school correspondence). Plus, we’re mixing it up when it comes to timing (and time zones) to cater for Aussie teachers who want out of hours PL, and to meet the needs of our growing audiences in New Zealand, the United States and other parts of the world.

Make yourself at home. Check out the testimonials. Read through our programs.

I hope to see you at a course soon. Thanks for dropping by.

Brad Kelly

Founder, Writer and Speaker

(September 2021)

Which writing course is right for me?

The Teaching Writing Playbook

The Teaching Writing Playbook challenges the deep grooves of thinking that have developed around teaching writing.

 Ideal for literacy leaders and teachers from across the curriculum

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Teaching Writing in History

Teaching Writing in History takes you step-by-step through the process of writing three essays at junior, middle and senior history levels.

Ideal for high school history teachers

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The Writing Cycle

The Writing Cycle is the view from ‘inside’ six major elements of writing to help you teach writing more holistically.

Ideal for all teachers from across the curriculum

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Writing an Essay from Question to Conclusion

Writing an essay is a practical step-by-step guide for essay writing including structure, argument, sentences and vocabulary.

Ideal for teachers from across the curriculum

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Teaching Writing in English

Teaching Writing in English takes you step-by-step through three essays at junior, middle and senior levels of English.

Ideal for English teachers

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The Writing Hedge

The Writing Hedge is 18 hours of self-paced online teaching writing courses.

Ideal for any teacher from across the curriculum

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Teaching Writing For Beginning Teachers

Teaching Writing for Beginning Teachers is designed to help you start your teaching career on the right foot when it comes to teaching writing.

Ideal for beginning teachers

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How to get C-grade writing out of D-grade writers

How to get C-grade writing out of D-grade writers helps you to get more from struggling writers.

Ideal for learning support or literacy teachers

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Leading literacy done with you 

This program is for whole schools or subject departments who want support over the long term, or for full school professional development.

Ideal for literacy leaders and principals

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Thanks, but I’m here for the history courses.

The Cold War

Brad Kelly is author of The Cold War 1945-1991. You can buy the book, join the course or learn it old school correspondence.

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The Changing World Order

Brad Kelly is author of World Order 1991-2011. Click below to buy the book, attend a course or learn through old school correspondence.

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Cities of Vesuvius

Join one of Australia’s most respected historians, Dr Estelle Lazer for this 5 hour course on Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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Can I buy Brad’s books?

The Teaching Writing Playbook

This is the most surprising path to writing improvement

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The Cold War 1945-1991

The Cold War covers the HSC syllabus and is also relevant to A-levels and IB

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Take me to the other books, please

Power and Authority

Co-written with Jonathon Dallimore, Robert Loeffel and Michael Spurr, this book is out this month for the NSW Modern History core topic

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Meet team Cornerstone

Isabel van Gent (left) is events manager. She handles bookings and accounts, and has been with Cornerstone since the first day. Isabel is also a writer who contributes to content by interviewing authors and maintaining our social media. Brad Kelly (middle) is founder, writer and teacher who spends his time writing and teaching writing – and exploring the wide space between the two by writing, and developing and teaching new courses. Ally Geaghan (right) is our graphic designer who produces our e-books and our new teaching materials for 2022. A recent graduate of the University of Wollongong, Ally has also helped brand the new stream of courses.

Together, we also make up The Pencil and Pad, a writing company that works with schools, businesses and organisations to craft stories that attract eyeballs and resonates with their clients.

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