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This workshop will guide students to become more confident in their writing skills as they make the transition to university, college or work. Delivered by professional writers, the session focuses on essay writing using a combination of practical tasks and discussion.


Topics covered include: sharing techniques to develop practical writing skills; encouraging clear, direct and concise writing; understanding critical thinking; practising paragraph planning; and exploring the editing process. Students will also get the opportunity to do a short tour of the British Library as well as receive a printed copy of the student toolkit at the start of the session.

Student feedback:
‘Realistic and reassuring practical advice. 10/10 …’
‘It has made me more aware of the power my words have.’
‘When you said at the beginning “Writing is a skill, not a talent” I didn’t believe you! I thought you were joking. But now I can really see this is the case.’

Teacher feedback:
‘A clear programme of learning, covering aspects which are vital for academic writing. All of the students felt more confident … they described feeling “reassured” and “more ready to write at college/university”.’

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS5, Higher

Ages: Post 16

Subjects: English

Topics: Careers, Creative Writing, Literature, Problem Solving, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing, Critical Thinking, Paragraph Planning

Type: At Venue

Duration: Full day

Cost: Free

Dates: Wed & Fri: 10:30-15:00

Min. Students: 10

Max. Students: 16

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

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The British Library offers an expansive programme for primary and secondary learners which encourages curiosity, creativity and exploration, enriching the curriculum and developing lifelong learning skills.

Visits are free of charge, available all year round and can be self-guided or led by one of their Learning facilitators.

New workshops for this year include explorations of their map and artists’ books collections. Plus, find out more about library tours, workshops and private views related to their upcoming exhibitions Animals: Art, Science and Sound, and Fantasy: Realms of Imagination, as well as ground-breaking exhibitions on digital storytelling and author Malorie Blackman.

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