Anything from Shakespeare to cereal boxes, depending on the lesson.
Analyse the snippet and highlight patterns and features.
Review worked examples to see how patterns can be adapted.
Write variations that apply snippet patterns to new content.
Explore genre-based writing in unparalleled depth with a rich library of lessons, aligned to both ACARA and Common Core.
Surveys of key genre features, such as narrative basics or expressive punctuation
Deep-dives into craft and technique, such as subjective first person narrative or high concept storytelling
Fast and loose explorations or genre and content, such as Godzilla as a haiku or the French revolution as terse action thrillerBrowse lessons
Writelike combines the age-old practice of copying from masters with contemporary educational research, including social learning theory, genre-based pedagogy, and cognitive load theory.
As solitary as it might seem, writing is a social and cultural act. All writing has a cultural context and purpose, and this is often a key source of meaning and motivation.
One result of written culture is the development of specialised genres with their own patterns and techniques. While these genres can be studied separately, in practice they often work together.
Writing imposes a high cognitive load for even experienced writers. We can reduce the load on novice writers by providing short snippets, minimalist instruction, worked examples, and lots of practice.
Writelike is a passion project from Liquid Interactive, one of Australia’s leading digital learning and communication design agencies. It has been developed with generous funding from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Advance Queensland.