Professional Development

Word House delivers tailor-made PD to suit the curriculum needs of your English classroom. At Word House we’re passionate about new voices and like you we care deeply about the teaching of English and text.

Our expert team of writers, editors and educators design the very best PD, based on your requirements, delivering at your preferred venue in after school, weekends, half-day or day sessions.

We come to you with practical classroom resources, top industry and university experience, while providing the necessary mind-powering sustenance of morning and afternoon tea, or wine and cheese in our film as text evening symposia.

 Hitchcock at work

Hitchcock at work


our keynotes

·      Hitchcock’s Rear Window (auteur, text, context and scene analysis)

·      The practicalities of teaching film as text

·      Innovative and fun ways of using editing in the classroom

·      Short story (structure, characterisation, setting and dialogue)

·      Voice: its finding, hearing and making

·      Bringing the outside in: Creative writing inspirations for your classroom

·      Sparking Story in pictures

·      Teaching Shakespeare (theatre, history, performance and text)

·      PD sessions on specific texts (VCE or Middle School)


Why not open a discussion with Word House to address your specific needs today?

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Word House PD Team

Word House is home to industry experts, writers, editors, and educators (secondary, tertiary; and university to doctoral.) We cover in PD on VCE English, Literature and Middle School English specialising in print and multimodal texts, addressing specific literary texts, teaching editing, and creative writing in the classroom.

Cath Crowley

Cath Crowley is an award-winning author of young adult fiction. Her novels include Take Three Girls, Words in Deep Blue, Graffiti Moon, Chasing Charlie Duskin and The Gracie Faltrain trilogy. Her fiction has won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction (2011, 2017), The Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult Literature (2011), the Queensland Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction (2017), the Gold Inky Award (2017), the Indie Book Award for Young Adult Fiction (2017).

“Our students thoroughly enjoyed Cath’s ideas for constructing character, setting and plot. The workshops presented by Cath were also a hit with many girls coming away with a more confident approach to their own writing.” S. Robinson, Head of Faculty, Loreto College

“Cath’s facilitation skills are highly developed. She ensures her classroom is inclusive. She was particularly good at contextualising content to meet specific learning needs.” Teresa Coleman, Principal, Ngalapita Remote Community School

Dr Michael Kitson

Dr Michael Kitson is trained in the production of film and TV, he worked as a location sound recordist and documentary researcher, studied cinema journalism at the British Film Institute and has been writing on film for over twenty years (Cinema Papers, IF, Metro, ASE, Limelight). He has lectured in literature, creative and screen writing at the University of Melbourne, Swinburne, UWS, Melbourne Polytechnic, Victoria University and Federation University. He holds a PhD UWS, MA in Communications RMIT, MA Creative Writing (hons) University of Melbourne, BA Monash University and supervises and assesses postgraduate and doctoral candidates. His short fiction has been anthologised.

"It’s always a joy to watch Michael elucidate the hidden gems of meaning lurking beneath the surface of a classic film. If you saw his analysis of The Road Warrior and the Dog, you'll already know a Rear Window lecture from Kitson is not one to miss." Brett Stanning, Teacher of screenwriting RMIT University

"Students love Michael's lectures and classes. His passion for his subject shines through and engages everyone." Dr Sherryl Clark, Victoria University

Alison Arnold

Alison Arnold is an editor and writer, who spent many years inhouse before going freelance. She has edited many bestsellers and award-winners in her seventeen-year career, including Carole Wilkinson’s Dragonkeeper, Raimond Gaita’s After Romulus, and Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project. She has taught creative writing at RMIT and Federation University, offers developmental editing as well as structural and line editing, and also occasionally writes for the Saturday Paper.