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Writing for Life Online


By the end of the course you will have:

  • an overview of grammar and syntax,
  • a working list of high frequency irregular spelling words,
  • a framework with which to teach other words not on the list,
  • a practical set of writing tools and exercises to enhance writing quality and quantity in children at all levels.


Please find below your PDF manual. You can download this and/or print it if you wish. It contains a guide to the course and some additional activities for consolidation of your knowledge.

We hope you will have a wonderful time and learn a lot about teaching writing.


Lyn has written three books on the subject of literacy and language, supported by online courses too. The links below will take you to each book.

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44 thoughts on “Writing for Life Online”

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    Hi Lyn,
    Once again thank you for the opportunity to do this course. I am very excited and look forward to spending the holidays learning.
    Interesting facts
    1: I love reading biographies and Foster care stories.
    2: I am hearing impaired and I am awaiting hearing aids. This has impacted on my PD in the past but hopefully it will not be an issue now.

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      Hi Debbie,
      So nice to see you here.
      I too am hearing impaired and just got my first set of hearing aids in December! It’s made such a difference already!
      Best of luck!

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        Hi Lyn,
        I have my aids and they’re working brilliantly. I have completed the course today and went to print my certificate but unfortunately the certificate has my email name not my professional/personal name. I am technologically challenged and cannot edit it. I am wondering if possible could you edit it to have my proper name on it for my CV etc. My name is Deborah Peters. If it can’t be done on this platform can you edit and please send to my email [email protected]
        Thanks in advance.

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    Hello Lyn,
    The new platform looks great. I have started this course already, however it is telling me 0% completed, so I will be able to tune in to your sessions again – I love listening to you present, it all makes sense when I hear you explain literacy and linguistics.
    Thank you.

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      Hi Sally,
      Yes unfortunately course progress is not transferable. In the email that went out to all participants on the old platform, we stated, please screenshot your progress so you can mark it off manually in the new platform. However, if that email went into junk, as I’m suspecting it did with you, there is no way of doing this. Apologies, Sally.

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    Hi Lyn,
    My name is Jo and I am very excited to be taking this course. A couple of my colleagues are going to be joining you at the face to face course on The Gold Coast but I have chosen to do the online module.
    I look forward to learning lots 😉

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      Very exciting to have you here, Jo, and looking forward to interacting with you as you go through the course. Will be delighted to meet your two colleagues as well!

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    Hi Lyn,
    So interested in doing this course to help my students, I have read you two of your books and have taken so much from them into my classroom so hoping I can do the same with this.

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    Hi Lyn,
    Starting the course today. I am teacher trained but currently working in research. I have 3 children with dysgraphia – their speech pathologist recommended this course to me. I am looking forward to it.

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    Isabelle Eudale

    Hi Lyn,
    My name is Isabelle. I’m a primary school teacher trying my very best to delivery quality, evidence based literacy instruction in the classroom. I have read all your books and have implemented as much as I can. The improvement in the students’ skills and engagement has been wonderful. I’m looking forward to deepening my understanding of writing, so I can continue to improve my practice.

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    Hi, I’m Sarah and I’m a special education teacher working in western Sydney. I just finished the Language for Life course and I liked it so much that I signed up for another one! I’m hoping this course will help be refine my writing program. I teach a support class for students in Years 7-10 with mild intellectual disabilities so I need to create a sort of Tier 1 / intervention hybrid to help them catch up and reach their potential.

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    Sheereen Brunetta

    Hi Lyn,
    I am looking forward to the course and hoping to get some practical strategies that can be implemented as a whole school level in infants and primary.

  9. Angela Mourinho
    Angela Mourinho

    Hi Lyn,
    My colleague and I are very excited to begin your course. As the Literacy coach I am looking forward to sharing this learning with our staff.

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    Hi Lyn,
    I am just about to begin Writing for Life – its school holidays here in WA, so I am relaxed, with some well needed time on my hands. Looking forward to this very much.


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    Hello Lyn, I am a teacher in Alberta, Canada who works in the public school system supporting teachers with literacy learning. thanks for creating this opportunity to learn from you. Looking forward to the course.
    With Thanks,

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    Jessica Montagnese

    Hi Lyn,
    I’m a graduate teacher in Melbourne looking for strategies to best support my students across a variety of levels.
    Looking forward to undertaking this course.

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    Sharlene Chimes

    Hi I’m Sharlene
    I work in the Secondary school providing literacy support for Year 7’s which includes reading, comprehending, and writing a written response. I’m very excited to be doing this course as I’m passionate about assisting students to excel in the classroom.

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    Hi, my name is Hayley Traub and I am a Learning Support teacher. I am currently supporting year 9 students with literacy but have spent a great deal of my career supporting primary school children. I am passionate about phonological awareness and decodable readers. I am excited for this writing PD and hope to be able to get some good ideas that I can transfer into my teaching.

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    I’m Sam. I’m a primary teacher in Mildura. My main focus is literacy support but I have a few gaps in my knowledge/understanding of pre-writers and how to get them writing.
    Grateful for the chance to finally complete this course. Appreciate your flexibility in letting me re-enrol while I try and juggle my time.

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    Heather Jenkins

    Hi Lyn! I am a teaching and learning specialist at Brighton PS in Melbourne. We have a team of teachers working their way through the course at the moment so you might see a few post from BPS over the next few weeks! We have recently shifted our practices from a balanced literacy approach to align with more recent research into the science of language and reading. As we have spent the last two years more focused on reading, we are all looking forward to building our knowledge and expertise in how best to teach writing.

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    Hi Lyn, we have 17 staff members (teachers & learning support aides) of our community enrolled in your Write to Life Online course. We have shifted our practices over the last few years to align with research on the science of reading and language. We look forward to learning from & with you. With best wishes, Steve Meade – Principal at Brighton Primary School

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    Hello! I’m a non-working elementary school teacher who is homeschooling my 11 year old again. She’s had some learning disabilities and I’m looking forward to knowing how to support her better.