We believe that there are at least 3 main benefits of writing:
- writing can help us to understand ourselves
- writing can help us to learn about the world around us
- writing can teach us about the relationship between ourselves and our world
Less is more:
Of course there are many forms of writing. Poetry and song are especially powerful, as they can distill the essence of thought and emotion. As Picasso found in painting and sculpture, tight, limiting forms can be extremely liberating. This oxymoron is never more true than in poetry and song!
A blank sheet of paper can be so daunting. The conventions of different forms of poetry can enable the writer to concentrate on the quality of the response.
James Reeves wrote: We attempt to teach children to write by making them write in prose. We should teach them to write verse.
And David Holbrook: If we know what we are doing when we teach poetry then we shall be secure: the rest of our work in English will follow by implication – Teaching poetry is the centre of English.
Fred Sedgwick’s numerous books on encouraging children’s writing, particularly through poetry.
Sandy Brownjohn: “Does It Have To Rhyme?” and “What Rhymes With Secret?”.
Peter Dixon: “Write Away”.