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Author in Residence

(Category: Literacy)
This programme would particularly focus on creative writing skills development where an author would work for a period of time with a group of JCSP students. The aim would be to produce a piece of work that could then be exhibited as part of the Make a Book exhibition. Schools could link with Poetry Ireland's Writers in Schools Residencies Scheme. This scheme is based on the idea of a short residency by a writer to a school, working closely with one teacher and with the same JCSP class or group of students. Many projects have a strong local flavour, in that the writer is local. The thinking behind these residencies is to take a more developmental approach towards the teaching of literature and to develop approaches which enable the participants to explore the world of imagination over a longer period of time,in the company of an experienced writer. The participation of a key teacher and the development of a working alliance between the teacher and writer are fundamental to this approach.

Instructions

• On line applications can be found at www.poetryireland.ie. Jane O'Hanlon can also be contacted in Poetry Ireland.
• The participation of a key teacher and the development of a working alliance between the teacher and writer is fundamental to this initiative. A piece of work that could then be exhibited as part of the Make A Book exhibition should be considered.
• Please enclose in your evaluation a detailed description of the activities undertaken in the running of the initiative along with any relevant photographs of the activities undertaken. We would be very grateful if the photos are sent to us digitally as the quality is great for publications. Please make sure that you have sought permission from parents/guardians to use the photos in publications. Some schools write to all parents asking them to make contact with the school if they object to photos being published.
• The evaluation should be submitted online at www.jcsp.ie. More details below.