1st Edition

Writing for Pleasure Theory, Research and Practice

By Ross Young, Felicity Ferguson Copyright 2021
    272 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores what writing for pleasure means, and how it can be realised as a much-needed pedagogy whose aim is to develop children, young people, and their teachers as extraordinary and life-long writers. The approach described is grounded in what global research has long been telling us are the most effective ways of teaching writing and contains a description of the authors’ own research project into what exceptional teachers of writing do that makes the difference.

    The authors describe ways of building communities of committed and successful writers who write with purpose, power, and pleasure, and they underline the importance of the affective aspects of writing teaching, including promoting in apprentice writers a sense of self-efficacy, agency, self-regulation, volition, motivation, and writer-identity. They define and discuss 14 research-informed principles which constitute a Writing for Pleasure pedagogy and show how they are applied by teachers in classroom practice. Case studies of outstanding teachers across the globe further illustrate what world-class writing teaching is.

    This ground-breaking text is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the current status and nature of writing teaching in schools. The rich Writing for Pleasure pedagogy presented here is a radical new conception of what it means to teach young writers effectively today.

    1. Orientations Towards Teaching Writing & Young Writers  2. Defining Writing For Pleasure  3. The Affective Domains Of Writing For Pleasure  4. Self-Efficacy  5. Self-Regulation  6. Agency  7. Motivation  8. Volition  9. Writer-Identity  10. The Enduring Principles Of Effective Writing Teaching  11. Create A Community Of Writers  12. Treat Every Child As A Writer  13. Read, Share, Think & Talk About Writing  14. Pursue Authentic & Purposeful Writing Projects  15. Teach The Writing Processes  16. Set Writing Goals  17. Be Reassuringly Consistent  18. Personal Writing Projects  19. Balance Composition And Transcription  20. Teach Mini-Lessons  21. Be A Writer-Teacher  22. Pupil-Conference: Meet Children Where They Are 23. Literacy For Pleasure: Connect Reading & Writing  24. Conclusion: An Action Plan For World-Class Writing Teaching


    Ross Young is the founder of The Writing For Pleasure Centre. He holds an MA in applied linguistics in education. As a passionate writer-teacher, he now works around the UK and abroad helping teachers and schools develop extraordinary young writers.

    Felicity Ferguson was a primary school teacher for 40 years, working as an EAL specialist, SENCO, deputy, and head teacher. A writer herself, she has MA degrees in applied linguistics and children’s literature and has been involved in a number of literacy-based projects, including children’s reading development.