Help your students develop
advanced writing skills by
modelling great writers

Writers learn by copying other writers. It’s how we get a feel for tools, techniques, craft, and culture. Writelike helps your students learn to analyse and model mentor texts effectively across diverse genres.

How it works

Writelike bridges the gap between basic comprehension and advanced composition by developing sentence and paragraph-level fluency.

Read snippets of authentic text

Anything from Shakespeare to cereal boxes, depending on the lesson.

Identify patterns

Analyse the snippet and highlight patterns and features.

Compare examples

Review worked examples to see how patterns can be adapted.

Write new versions

Write variations that apply snippet patterns to new content.

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Writelike lessons work

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A growing library of lessons

Explore genre-based writing in unparalleled depth with a rich library of lessons, aligned to both ACARA and Common Core.

Overviews

Surveys of key genre features, such as narrative basics or expressive punctuation

Detailed practice

Deep-dives into craft and technique, such as subjective first person narrative or high concept storytelling

Remix lessons

Fast and loose explorations or genre and content, such as Godzilla as a haiku or the French revolution as terse action thriller

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Educational psychology meets writer’s craft

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.

Writing is cultural.

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.

Writing is genre-based.

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 is complex.

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.

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evidence base

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Our supporters

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.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Liquid Interactive
Advance Queensland

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