Z is for (in the) zone

Z is for (in the) zone

Yes, the process of writing can be frustrating. There can be days when it’s hard to come up with a fresh idea, to find the photo you need, to explain a grammar item clearly or design an activity to practise a set of vocabulary in a memorable way. But the struggle is...
W is for Wellbeing

W is for Wellbeing

We all know the importance of self-care and focusing on our physical and mental health. But what does this mean for a materials writer? And where can we start? The NHS (National Health Service) in the UK recognises five actions that we need to focus on, in terms of...
J is for Job description

J is for Job description

What do all of these jobs have in common? Coursebook author (adult) Item writer Assessment writer Adult ELT writing task for digital component Spanish speaking primary writer Writer role (Secondary ELT) TB writer with knowledge of MENA Freelance author for...
M is for Marketing yourself

M is for Marketing yourself

One of the most important skills for a freelance materials writer to develop is marketing yourself. It doesn’t matter how good you are at writing materials. If the publishers have never heard of you and don’t know that you can write well, why would they get in touch...
G is for Generative AI Prompts

G is for Generative AI Prompts

Skills for prompt writing The world of writing, including language materials writing, is currently debating the question of whether using generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Gemini is legal, moral and ethical. Meanwhile, teachers and materials writers are forging...
F is for Fact checking

F is for Fact checking

Fact checking Fact checking has always been a part of many material writers’ jobs, especially when writing for a publisher. However, now, more than ever, with so much fake news and deliberate misinformation, and with the increase in AI-generated content, fact checking...