In 2014 the RLF set up a pilot scheme in association with Education Scotland: it placed professional writers in ten schools to give workshops to small groups of students to help them bridge the perceived gap between school and university writing. Following the success of the pilot, the RLF has extended the scheme to work with partner schools across Scotland.
How it Works
- The writer meets teachers ahead of the Bridge to discuss the workshops and any other matters relating to writing development they want to talk about.
- Three to five 50 minute sessions take place with a group of up to 12 learners, i.e. up to five workshop sessions on separate days; these may be spaced at intervals convenient for timetabling.
- Topics covered include structuring, planning, editing, referencing and writing with clarity.
- Learners come from 5 or 6th years (secondary) and can be of varying abilities and studying different subjects. They may also include those undecided about applying for university.
- To help prospective students, including those from non-traditional academic backgrounds, make the transition from school writing to university writing.
- To address general problems with literacy as well as grammar, punctuation, style and essay planning.
- To introduce learners to or review with them terms which sometimes cause confusion when used by university tutors.
- To give learners a forum to express in confidence, to an independent professional writer, any concerns they have about their writing.
- To demystify the world of academia and reduce the apprehension learners often feel about academic writing.
If your school is interested in Bridge sessions, please contact:
Where we have worked