As writers, we understand the ways in which writers approach writing and as teachers we know great ways to inspire young people to engage in the writing process.

Our director, Heather McQuillan is both a teacher who writes and a writer who teaches. She enjoys talking with classroom teachers about ways for them to engage, and engage with, their young writers.

After a long career in education, working as a school and professional development leader, Heather now focuses on teaching writing. She is able to provide teachers with practical ideas to inspire, enable and guide young writers to success through a process of playful and problem-solving approaches to writing.

Heather regularly speaks with teachers at staff meetings, Kahui Ako gatherings and educational conferences. She is also available for ZOOM sessions with staff or educational groups. 


Topics include:

The Essentials of Writing

Prompts for Playful Writing

Redrafting: A Problem-solving Approach

Engaging with Boys and their Writing

Sorting Out Sentences

Heather McQuillan has a Dip Tch (Adv), Bachelor of Education and a Master of Creative Writing (with Distinction). She is the author of a number of award-winning books for young readers and recently her first collection of short short stories Where Oceans Meet was published by Reflex Press UK. She has numerous awards and publications for flash fiction. See Heather's website here.


Please email us about our Professional Development options.