I am a Writer! Introduction to the Bookmaking Approach with 3-8 year olds (with Lisa Burman)

PL # 14251

  • Starting on 26 Jul 2024
  • Cancellation permitted until 11 Jul 2024
  • Registration Close : 11 Jul 2024

Delivery Format : In Person

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For Members $180
For Catholic Members $190
For Non-Members $200
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The Bookmaking Approach to literacy values and honours children’s prior learning, their cultural competence, and their dispositions for learning. It uses these to drive learning deeper and to create a culture of thinking, talking, and noticing about picture books. It values the intellectual quality of mark-making as an essential component of being a writer and offers a place for every child to feel successful.

A Bookmaking Approach not only sees children from this competent lens, but it also empowers children to see themselves as competent writers. The approach challenges pedagogical practices that see children as empty learners, who are needy because they know so little. It supports children to build strong identities as writers and communicators.

Lisa Burman has facilitated workshops about the Pedagogy of Bookmaking for over 18 years - throughout South Australia, in New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria, USA, Canada and China. This rich pedagogy engages children in language and literacy, motivates them to become deeply involved in their learning and also excites educators when they see children learning to their potential.

• Pedagogical Principles – the “Big Ideas” of Bookmaking/Writing Workshop
• A strong & competent image of the novice writer – what does it mean for our pedagogical decisions? 
• Mentor Texts – the most powerful resource

*Please bring 2-3 of your favourite picture books* 


Lisa Burman

Lisa Burman

Lisa Burman sees herself firstly as a teacher, which means she is as a constant learner, fascinated with childhood and the power and joy of learning.  She is the Director and Principal Consultant for Lisa Burman Consultants, based in Adelaide, South Australia.  Lisa is the author of “Are You Listening? Fostering Conversations that Help Young Children Learn” and is presently writing her second book about building a culture of agency, which will be published in 2023. Her pedagogical consultancy specialises in early childhood education and literacy learning, and she is particularly passionate about pedagogies that are playful and build children’s identities as readers and writers.


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I am a Writer! Introduction to the Bookmaking Approach with 3-8 year olds (with Lisa Burman)

Date / Time

26 Jul 2024 Starts: 08:30 Finishes: 15:30

Delivery Format : In Person

AISWA Training Room Suite 1


Suite 1, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017

Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). To use these bays, you will need to first download the EasyPark App on your phone. When you arrive you can scan the QR code on the parking meter to pay for your parking using the app. Please note that the meters are no longer accepting cash or card payments. Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

PL Hours : 6.50

Learning Area

  • Early Childhood
  • Literacy

School Area

  • Preschool (PK-K)
  • Early Childhood (PK - 2)
  • Pre-Primary
  • Kindergarten
  • Year 1
  • Year 2

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