Excelling at Creative Writing – The Teacher’s Guide

Online | Thursday 1st July 2021

4 – 6pm

CODE: 8484


Dr Rachel Knightley is founder, teacher and editor of Green Ink Writers’ Gym and author of Your Creative Writing Toolkit. She has been teaching English and Drama for schools, theatres and universities since 2007. Her teachers’ seminar is designed to build confidence and clarify in the key elements of creative writing, exploring how these can be adapted for all written answers from storytelling to structuring essays. This two-hour course will provide strong, accessible templates to build student confidence, address questions and make the most of their opinions and imagination on the page, structuring clear, effective answers in the classroom and exam room alike.


  • Equip your students with a strong template of questions to ask and address in written answers, in coursework and under examination conditions.
  • Build confidence on the page with strong, clear and focused written answers.
  • Explore and express individual responses to set questions.
  • Consolidate your knowledge of advanced exam technique, to ensure students maximise their potential.
  • English Teachers
  • Heads of Department
  • Teachers responsible for Arts
  • Heads of Year
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • You will receive a specially prepared file electronically containing detailed notes, and teaching materials and resources which will be of immediate practical benefit in the classroom.
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

4.00pm  – 4.45pm: Telling a Good Story – and Telling it Well

  • Identify and address the key elements of creative writing and how to use them in your answers: characterision, description, dialogue, setting, plot, structure and voice.
  • Key sections of an essay template and how they interrelate: introduction, topic paragraphs, conclusion, and how to illustrate a logical, developing argument.
  • Explore ‘small, big changes’ for instantly clarifying a paragraph through sentence control.

4.45pm – 4.55pm: Break

4.55pm – 5.30pm: Balancing information and analysis

  • Identify and address key issues that affect students’ written work – how to turn your weakest answer into your strongest
  • Explore talking exercises to develop stories in the classroom, then translate them to the page.
  • Utilise topic sentences: map out a successful essay in the classroom; replicate the key structural ingredients in the exam room.

 5.30pm – 6.00pm: Good Writing under Exam Pressure

  • Clarify the key points to remember for writing in exam conditions.
  • Making friends with the question: how to recognise what a question wants from you and how to make it easy to answer well.
  • Turning initial ideas into great paragraphs: tips, techniques and writing prompts to help the work “write itself” faster and better.

6pm: Session ends

Dr Rachel Knightley

Dr Rachel Knightley is the author of Your Creative Writing Toolkit, Illuminate Publishing’s GCSE Drama Study and Revision Guide and of various short stories. Her first full collection of short stories will be published in 2021. She is a former senior tutor of the Questors Youth Theatre and was resident speech and drama teacher at Heathfield GDST School until 2013. Rachel now teaches English Language and Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies, Public Speaking and LAMDA Exams privately from her base in southwest London and online.