The November 16th Wilfred Owen workshop was the final TTA course for 2016.
I have always found this elective to be one of the most powerfully engaging options, regardless of gender or ability level. We discussed the prescribed poems, possible programming approaches as well as resources for contextualising and developing student knowledge and understanding.
Teachers shared their personal experiences in teaching Owen's poetry and the various strategies they had used to maximise student interpretation, analysis and writing skills.
Workshop location for 2017 TTA workshops was also discussed with teachers coming from regional areas requesting that workshops be offered in areas including the Central Coast, Wollongong and further afield.
I already do regional school workshop tours around the state but it is an onerous process for teachers to drive long distances or fly in to attend a Sydney based workshop.
I have appreciated those teachers who emailed me with suggestions for new TTA workshop topics next year and at present I will be offering new courses in AOS Creative Writing and 'Henry IV, Part One'.
I would welcome any additional workshop requests as well as non-Sydney suggestions of where to offer them.