The Teaching Writing Playbook2021-09-26T12:24:58+11:00

$9.50 AUD

Thanks for visiting The Playbook.

In the last three years I’ve coached over 1,000 teachers to teach writing more effectively. I’ve been around teaching and writing and teaching writing for a long time. I’ve had 15 years in the classroom, head of history, I’ve written 7 books for senior students, and I’ve spent hours and hours of observation, reading and discussion with colleagues – as well as school consulting. 

This is also about what I have learned from the teachers who have attended my courses. It’s a two way street, right? 

The Teaching Writing Playbook: the most surprising paths to writing improvement is what I have learned. So far.

Why do I say surprising? 

Because over the last three years,  I’ve come to believe that the most under scrutinised but most valuable source of writing improvement is the space between writing and teaching writing! It is wide and unexplored and I’ve dedicated the second half of my professional career to teaching (and learning) more about this space. 

The Playbook is written as a conversation; designed to help teachers who feel lost about teaching writing in their subject. I also hope this book goes some way to helping literacy leaders avoid the best-guesses that often come with school writing improvement plans.

Thanks for dropping by.

Brad Kelly

… hey, one last thing. We’ve just released new dates for the Teaching Writing Playbook course. It’ll be on 3 November 2021, 8.30am-3pm (Sydney time), webinar via zoom with me. Click on the link below for more details.

Take me to the Playbook course

“Imagine umpiring a game of sport by working through the rule book from top to bottom? That’s just silly. But that is often how we approach teaching writing. The rules of the game are not the point, the game is. It’s game first; rules second. Teaching writing is to writing, as umpiring is to playing. It’s close. But not the same thing.” – Brad Kelly

In this book you will:

  • Understand the difference between what teachers and students do in the writing classroom, why that makes all the difference and what to do about it;

  • See why writing problems are often not writing problems;

  • Learn to ask better questions about the most common roadblocks faced by students in the writing classroom;

  • Discover how to spring-load every task in a literate rich activity;

  • Start to use and identify the ten features of writing we all want – from whatever subject area;

  • Shortcut hours and hours of marking time by learning to spot thinking instead of grade writing;

  • Adopt a different mindset about teaching writing that will give you the skills, confidence and time to teach more effectively and;

  • Avoid hours and hours of resource development.


You are a potential reader – and I want to get to know you and your needs more. After all, I’m in this for the long haul!

Email me at and I’ll personally answer the number one question you have about how to improve your students writing.

What can you lose? 

The Teaching Writing Playbook

The most surprising path to writing improvement

by Brad Kelly

$9.50 AUD

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