teaching writing

Completing Teaching Writing will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptors 5.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Achieving sustainable writing improvement in your class is totally possible.

Teaching Writing is a 5-hour NSW NESA Accredited course that has been called, “the most refreshing approach to writing improvement.”


The truth is, most ‘writing problems’ are actually not writing problems at all. They’re thinking problems. By exploring writing as a holistic practice along SIX interrelated parts of writing, you’ll get the skills and insights needed to super charge the writing results in your classroom. 

If anything, this course will change the way you approach teaching writing – in whatever your subject area.


$360 (+GST)

In this course you will learn


  • A new way of thinking about writing that removes the overwhelm
  • Why writing is so much more than expression
  • The reason why writing problems are often thinking problems – and what to do about it
  • Why paragraph-first approaches to writing are holding back student writing improvement
  • The key differences between writing and teaching writing 
  • The power of selecting relevant, detailed information to write about and why that is the superpower of writing
  • The Writing Cycle as a formative assessment tool to give effective feedback to writing that moves learning forward
  • The horizontal and vertical structure of writing to help with planning
  • The power of strong verbs to cut out waffle
  • The language of degree and judgement
  • Why linking ideas together are the foundation of sustained writing
  • The 4cs of sentences
  • How to effectively use evidence to support ideas in writing
  • Plus much more!

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“This is course was excellent in teaching me a different way of helping our students develop a love of writing, which is unfortunately too often taken away from them through over instruction. I really appreciated the interactive component and the way Brad spoke so passionately and knowledgeably on the topic… I like the way that this approach fosters a joy in writing.”

Julie Schofield

“The first activity in particular really helped me to evaluate the usefulness of the strategies I am giving my students. Brad was personable and used lots of analogies across KLAs to engage us. He explained things clearly and in an engaging way. I’ve definitely learned that I need to trust my students more and not give into their looks of abandonment so quickly when I try to set them a challenge. Work less on their writing and more on their ideas.”

Keeley Van de Haar

This was an engaging and thought-provoking course… very collaborative and hands on. It was interesting to see a different more logical approach to teaching writing.”

Sinead Martin

Highly engaging presentation that provided some excellent ideas on how to improve writing over a range of subject areas.”

Jacob Storer

About Brad

Brad is the founder and senior presenter at Cornerstone Teacher Learning. He is a teacher, writing and professional learning coach who has spent over two decades in education as a History and English teacher, holding various middle leadership positions as a department head, Director of Secondary and more recently in professional learning. He is the author of seven textbooks with Cengage and Small Caps publishing, and has had over 1,500 teachers through his courses on writing instruction in the areas of history, English and cross-curricular interventions. Brad is interested in learning how students and teachers learn with a keen interest in literacy and assessment.