Talk for Writing

“Maria’s tireless enthusiasm for - and true belief in - the principles of Talk for Writing ensured complete buy-in from all our staff. It was exciting to observe how people became increasingly energised over the course of the week. The ability to create and sustain such a ‘buzz’ amongst staff is yet another of Maria’s talents. She is a genuinely inspiring presence and the warmth and skill with which she imparts her enormous knowledge is nothing short of awe inspiring!”

– Subject Leader, GIS School, Kuala Lumpur

Maria Richards working with Talk for Writing Guru Pie CorbettMaria Richards is an Accredited Talk for Writing trainer and consultant with a background in school improvement, raising standards and Closing the Gap. She first became involved with Talk for Writing as part of the National Strategies pilot in 2007, whilst working as a School Improvement Adviser for Literacy, in Somerset. This led to her writing the Somerset Talk for Writing training package, which was used by Maria and the Local Authority team to train schools across the region. Maria also trained other advisers in the Talk for Writing process.

Since becoming freelance in 2010, she has worked closely with numerous schools to implement the Talk for Writing techniques and strategies in order to impact on writing attainment. She has delivered training in many different settings and offers inset days, planning days and one-to-one support, to embed Talk for Writing into everyday practice. She regularly works with groups of schools on long-term projects, successfully raising their writing standards through focussed, consistent application of Talk for Writing.


Maria also continues to work alongside Pie Corbett, the creator of Talk for Writing, on a number of projects and conferences, including the very successful ‘Transforming Reading & Writing’ projects, which run in many different counties across the UK. Although based in the South West, she has supported the development of Talk for Writing across the UK and works with international schools around the globe. She is also part of the team that leads on Talk for Writing in Australia.


The continued work that Maria does with Pie Corbett and the Talk for Writing team of consultants and training schools allows her to be at the forefront of teaching and learning in reading and writing. Having now specialised in Talk for Writing for many years, Maria is one of just a handful of trainers who is able to offer you authentic, comprehensive and up-to-date training and support in this area.

Talk for Writing Training available with Maria:

  • Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • Introduction to Non-­fiction Writing
  • Talk for Writing in EYFS
  • Talk for Writing in KS1
  • Talk for Writing in KS2
  • Planning units of work in Talk for Writing
  • Teaching Reading through Talk for Reading
  • Teaching Grammar and Spelling
  • A focus on Imitation
  • A focus on Innovation
  • Independent Application and Invention
  • Bespoke Talk for Writing sessions to support your context and development

“Maria has worked with our school for the last 18 months as we have implemented the T4W process. She is a great ambassador for the strategy. She is extremely enthusiastic, has brilliant ideas and is passionate about the improved outcomes for children, achieved through Talk for Writing. Maria has worked tirelessly to constantly support, enthuse and guide us. She has been totally invaluable to our school in improving writing opportunities for our children.” 

– Headteacher, Somerset

What Schools are saying about Maria...