Drafting Poems ll: Rewriting not Drafting

I don’t use  the word drafting when I work with young people because of Anthony. Anthony came to our school (when I taught English) in Year 8. When I mentioned the word drafting, he went white and started to shake. ‘What’s up?’ ‘I can’t do drafting.’ It turned out that in his previous school he’d been made to handwrite three copies of every piece of work, whether he’d altered them or not. He also thought that he couldn’t write poems. It took him a week or two to get the hang of it and really start enjoying writing. He had a poem selected for the TES Young Poet the following term.

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