Scriibi Write Club

What's it all about...

It’s a fun and interactive online writing community for 12-14 year old children. When you sign up to Write Club, your child receives weekly guided video lessons and automatically becomes a member of our online Write Club community.

Children love it because they have fun and feel supported while learning new skills and strategies.

Read on to find out how Write Club is developing confident and capable writers.

What's it all about...

It’s a fun and interactive online writing community for 12-14 year old children. When you sign up to Write Club, your child receives weekly guided video lessons and automatically becomes a member of our online Write Club community.

Children love it because they have fun and feel supported while learning new skills and strategies.

Read on to find out how Write Club is developing confident and capable writers.

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A little about me...

My name is Samantha Nicolaides.  I am a qualified and experienced teacher with a passion for teaching literacy.  For over 15 years I have worked closely with hundreds of children to develop their literacy skills.

As well as teaching children the necessary writing skills and strategies, I also help them develop a passion for writing through engaging and fun lessons. Students are gently guided with constructive feedback which invites conversation and avoids judgement. I help them understand themselves as writers and instil in them the confidence to take risks and apply new skills and strategies to their writing, within and outside the classroom. Equipped with this new knowledge and an abundance of self-belief – born from results, not praise – my students learn to think, talk, and most importantly – write like writers.

Video lessons follow best teaching practice, with clear student-friendly learning intentions, success criteria, activities to practice skills, and reflection and evaluation questions. It’s a proper lesson, not a Youtube clip. That’s the teacher in me! But don’t worry, lessons are fun and engaging to watch with animation, music, and embedded video clips. Video lessons are self-guided and children have a whole week to practice new skills and complete tasks. Writing activities are long enough to have a positive impact on their learning but short enough to be achievable.
Write Club runs every fortnight on a Saturday morning and is facilitated by me.  Students have the opportunity to share and discuss their writing.  Attendance is optional, but it’s so much fun why would they want to miss it!  Children can come along to be inspired, seek advice, sharpen their writing skills, or learn something new.

As soon as children receive their first video lesson, they automatically become a member of ‘Write Club’ for 8 weeks.  Children join via a password protected link and participate in short, fun writing activities.

Your child will learn to...

  • Use a range of strategies (Tips and tricks!) professional writers use
  • Story structure & character build
  • Add voice to their writing and develop their own style
  • Create mood through careful word choice
  • Read like a writer and copy effective writing techniques
  • Develop their confidence as writers

Before and After Samples

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This was written by a year 5 student.

Here are just some of the writing strategies and techniques that she used to bring this piece to life: idea development, precise and figurative language, synonyms, sensory details, inferring techniques and prepositional phrases.

The Apple Tree – Before

We have an apple tree in our backyard.  It is full of green leaves.  In the summer, we hang a swing on a branch.  In the winter, we hang a bird feeder from the tree.  The birds fight over the seeds.  Our tree is fun all year round.

The Apple Tree – After

At the very back of our garden stands a majestic apple tree. Shades of dark green leaves dance fluently in the wind, hanging on to the thick, naked, brown branches.

When the scorching heat hits our sunburnt backs we know that it is time to hang the old swing on the toughest looking branch. But once the sun hides, snow begins to fall, covering the yard completely and once it’s been coated in it, a bird feeder is hung on the very same branch. We watch over and over again as the lorikeets quarrel over the delicious looking seeds, it never gets old.

The apples will always invite us over for brunch when they hear our stomachs grumbling like thunder.

Our lovely apple tree always brings a smile to our face, whatever the weather or season it will always cheer us up on dark gloomy days. This tree can never be replaced.

All children can produce writing of this quality with the right support and tools.  The most common phrase we hear from students is, “I don’t learn this at school.”

What our students are saying ...

  • “I’ve never learnt See, Think, Wonder strategy at school.  It was really interesting.”
  • “The videos are easy to understand and I can do the activities.”
  • “I really enjoyed Write Club. It helped me plan my writing better”.
  • “The Show Don’t Tell Thesaurus helped me with my writing and now I’m really good at Show Don’t Tell”.
  • “The picture prompts helped me find ideas and made me think up imaginative and engaging stories”.              
  • “Sam is a great teacher because she explains stuff in a way that makes me understand.”
  • “The video lessons are high quality.  I like the animations.”

Write Club is $75 and includes -

  • 8 video tutorial lessons:All lessons are written by a qualified teacher with over 15 years of experience teaching literacy. Lessons follow best teaching practices and have a predictable structure. That way, students can easily adapt to the format and have a clear understanding of their role as learners for the different parts of the lesson.
  • Downloadable exercises and scaffolds:Videos also have additional support material. If students are unable to print the downloads, there is always a copy they can view on the video.
  • Access to the Write Club Community: Running fortnightly on a Saturday between 9:30am – 10:30am, students can join the online writing community for 8 weeks where they will consolidate skills learned in the video lessons and participate in a range of fun and engaging writing activities.

*Students who wish to continue write club after the 8 week period, can join on a $20 per month subscription.

FAQ -

When does it start? Once you register your child, they will receive their video tutorial lesson on the first Monday and then every week after for a total of 8 weeks.

How does my child join the online Writing Club Community? After you register, your child will receive an email with information and a link to join Write Club. It’s that simple.

What platform do you use for the online Write Club? Write Club is run using the Zoom video conferencing platform. Children will be given a password protected link to enter. Parental permission is required for students to have their video and microphone on. Children can have these switched off and communicate through the chat room. Children must be dressed appropriately and be in a common living area. Sessions are not recorded.

Will my child receive personal tutoring? This is not a one to one tutoring service. However, during Write Club, your child is most welcome to ask questions/advice or share their writing for feedback from the group and the writing instructor.

Supported by The University of Melbourne | MAP

Supported by The University of Melbourne | MAP