One of the great things about holidays is coffee and conversation with friends. And, let’s face it, if the friends are teachers then talk invariably turns to work! I was excited by a young teacher’s remark yesterday. She plans to introduce WOW sessions to her writing program in year 5. WOW stands for Working On Writing. She will introduce short writing sessions, either open ended or writing to a prompt. I like the idea of encouraging creative and effective communication in a short burst. It reminded me of a great workshop I attended with the author Libby Gleeson who had all the attendees writing during the day. The two topics I remember best were writing about something significant that happened when you were 10 and writing for ten minutes without using words with the letter ‘e’ in them. The second topic was challenging but it was amazing what people wrote! I will look forward to my next coffee date to hear how Grade 5 are enjoying WOW.