For my part it was more listening intensive: some terms were new to me and there was a lot of information. Most of the participants in the workshop were tertiary level teachers so the material discussed was for teaching at university level. However, the approaches to the writing process are also applicable at upper secondary.
My head is full of impressions and ideas and I will need time to digest it all. In fact it is a good thing to write down as much as possible: writing clears the mind. Writing helps the thinking and vice versa.
Tomorrow is the opening of the conference and there will be many interesting presentations to listen to.
So phase two in my South African visit has begun with many thoughts and ideas about writing and how to help the students enhance their writing skills. And the weather is getting better!