Materials Writing: Samples

Question from a reader: Can you give me some advice on how to write a sample?


The free ‘No Nonsense Guide to Writing’ from ELT Writers Connected includes a good overview on this topic (see page 27, written by Damian Williams). That covers the basics tbh – it’s well worth read.

 I’m not sure what more I can add really, apart from just what works / has worked for me.

Track record

I’ve been lucky. Most of my samples have been accepted and have led to writing contracts. I’ve had a couple of rejections, both of which were for internal writing contracts while I was at the British Council. I remember not making the cut as a writer for Premier Skills English on a couple of occasions, which hurt at the time as in my head it was my ideal writing gig (football and ELT? Come on!). But since then I’ve written a few published resources that were football-related, so that’s made up for the disappointment.

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