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Bringing in visiting writers is about learning, not PR puff

If you’re planning to enrich your English class by inviting an author in to share their wisdom, keep a firm grip on the learning objectives – it isn’t a marketing opportunity for the writer

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Of all the career prospects that are available to pupils, few are as glamorously mystifying as that of a writer. Students should be familiar enough with the work that many writers produce, but the process is less tangible. Inviting local authors into our schools for workshops is, therefore, a wonderful idea, but as teachers, we need to be protective of our pupils’ time and ensure that these sessions are executed meaningfully, and with long-lasting benefits.

Over the past five years, I have observed workshops run by many authors with varying degrees of prominence. Their presence, especially in ...

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