It was such a privilege to present at the Write Now! Conferences for the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) in Sydney and Parramatta. Both days were completely sold out and I enjoyed sharing ideas for teaching poetry writing in the classroom.
Feedback from participants:
“Fun, informative and brilliant.”
“A great presenter who had great strategies for implementing poetry straight into the classroom.”
“It was fun and interesting to see and play around with poetry. Catherine is obviously very talented but made all aspects we looked at accessible.”
“Powerful and organised speaker, teacher and learner – excellent!”
I was able to share some thoughts and quotes from current contemporary Australian children’s poets. Many thanks to Lorraine Marwood, Kathryn Apel, Sally Murphy, Jackie Hosking, Di Bates and Corinne Fenton. (<- click on any author’s name for a direct link to their website.)
In my session teachers explored possibilities for multimodal composition of poetry. Below are a few pics of the poetry created during my workshop. Shape poems, post-it-note poetry (micropoetry), and some even bravely tried their hand at erasure! We also played with apps such as Lark by Storybird, and Canva for iPad.
The highlight for me though was spending time with inspiring children’s author and poet, Libby Hathorn. I introduced her to erasure poetry (!!) and we shared favourite verses from our childhoods. She also signed a few books for me and encouraged me in my own writing journey.
If you are interested in further poetry resources, look out for when I’ll next be presenting for PETAA, and check out the very useful Australian Children’s Poetry website.