About Qwiller

Qwiller is committed to assisting students in Australia and around the world develop critical literacy and imaginative thinking.

All the resources on this website are built around the simple premise that when students critically and imaginatively engage with literature and language a greater level of empathy, understanding and awareness of others and themselves develops. Critical literacy also develops agency so that students can meaningfully engage with the world.

The resources are easy to follow, creative in their design and are based on strategies developed from current research into pedagogy as well as literature and developing secondary students’ skills in writing, reading, speaking, listening, viewing and composing. 

The resources available to students are suitable for school or personal purposes. Most of the resources for teachers and students are inspired by the Australian English Curriculum. Because English teaching is universal, teachers and students following curriculums from other English speaking countries will find the resources worthwhile as well.

More details about Shelley McNamara

Arggh, a dreaded career summary! Well here goes. I have been a teacher since 1994, mainly in the NSW public system, but I have dabbled into teaching at Christian and independent private schools. I maintain my accreditation to teach, but no longer teacher in the classroom. Out of teaching grew my personal love of writing and creating stories. I had a niggle to write, much like an involuntary twitch that consistently returned till I paid attention to it. So it began.

My first foray into education writing began with HSC English Area of Study: Belonging, a student workbook, which was published by Macmillan Education Australia in 2008. From there I co-authored a series of English education textbooks for the Australian English Curriculum for Macmillan. The first two in the series (for Years 7 and 8) were published in 2011, Year 9 in 2012 and Year 10 in 2013. The books are also available digitally. Go to the Macmillan English Education website by clicking here for more information and to purchase the textbooks. In 2009 I also co - authored QLD English Essentials 3, which was also published by Macmillan Education Australia. 

I also write for Pascal Press. I have written several chapters for their HSC Advanced English Excel books - for 2014 and 2019. Click here to purchase the latest edition for the new NSW HSC English syllabus. 

I have written a number of workbooks and units of work for secondary English, both for Qwiller and for Southern Cross Distance Education. These include workbooks/units for Years 7-12. 

I have also written HSC hybrid writing guides for Qwiller. These include HSC English Area of Study: Discovery and HSC Standard Modules for the now defunct NSW HSC English Syllabus. New titles for the current HSC English Syllabus include HSC English Common Module: Human Experiences, HSC English Standard Modules, HSC English Advanced Modules and HSC English EAL/D ModulesClick here for more information. 

My qualifications include:

  • Master of Arts: Publishing (2016-2017)

The University of Sydney 

  • Master of Arts: Creative Writing (2004-2007)

University of NSW

  • Master of Arts: Egyptology (1999-2001)

Macquarie University

  • Bachelor of Education: English/History (1990-1993)

University of Wollongong

I was also awarded the NSW Premier Teacher's Scholarship (2005) for my international research on teaching creative writing using ICT. My report was published in the 2005 NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship Reports and is available here. My research was also published in English in Australia: The Journal of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English, published by the ETA (NSW English Teachers Association) in 2009. In 2011, the article was published in EnhanceTV. You can download the article for free by clicking here.

Since 2012, I have created and facilitated online English teaching courses for TTA (Teacher Training Australia). Check out their website for more information on the courses I currently run. Log on to www.tta.edu.au, click on 'browse courses' and follow the links for English. Remember that some of the online courses can be completed by any English teacher around the world. 

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