Dare to Write: Christmas Decoration Discovery

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Baubles, tinsel, lights and ornaments are our inspiration for this week’s writing challenge! Imagine this… You find something strange in a box of Christmas decorations. What is it and where has it come from? Who did it belong to, and what will you do with it now? Will your discovery change what happens this Christmas? If you’re not sure where … Read More

Dare to Write: Bonfire Night

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Remember, remember, the fifth of November; gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. This weekend is Bonfire Night, the annual commemoration of Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot being foiled. Across Great Britain, bonfires will be blazing and fireworks lit. So, in celebration of all that, our next writing dare is… Describe your most … Read More

Dare to Write: Stopped Clocks

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The clocks went back last night, so we thought it only appropriate to have a time-turning challenge for our next Dare to Write! Imagine this: you wake up to find all the clocks have stopped. Everyone and everything is frozen. Time is standing still. Where do you go and what do you do? Or, if you’re not quite ready for … Read More

Dare to Write with Katherine Woodfine

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Katherine Woodfine is the author of the bestselling The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow and The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth. A true champion of children’s literature, until 2015 she worked for reading charity Book Trust, on projects including the Children’s Laureate and YALC, the UK’s first young adult literature convention. She now combines writing with other children’s books projects, … Read More

Dare to Write with Julia Golding

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  Julia Golding is a multi-award winning writer for children and young adults.  She has published over thirty books in genres ranging from historical adventure to fantasy, including the Mel Foster, Young Knights and Cat Royal series. Here, she shares some secrets about her earliest ever adventures in writing, and her advice for would-be writers of all ages, before giving … Read More

Dare to Write: Who Ate Santa’s Snacks?

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Christmas is almost here! So, for our last Dare to Write challenge of 2016, imagine this: You come downstairs on Christmas morning to find the snacks you left out for Santa gone. All that’s left are crumbs and an empty glass. Who ate them? Santa or someone else? Did they do anything else while they were there? And have they … Read More

Dare to Write: Advent Calendar Antics

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We’re guessing lots of you opened the first doors on your advent calendars yesterday! Advent calendars count down the days to Christmas, with each door revealing a picture or present of some kind (usually small toys or chocolate, though there are some with puzzles, poems and other intriguing items hidden in each box!). For this week’s writing dare, start a … Read More

Dare to Write: Secret Lives of Snowmen

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Winter has arrived, and with it sometimes comes snow. Maybe not enough for school to be cancelled, but usually enough to build a snowman. So for this week’s writing dare, we want you to imagine: What would your ideal snowman look like? Do they have snowmen friends and family? What about animals or enemies? What if they came to life … Read More

Dare to Write: Fantastic Beasts

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out today! The new film takes place in 1920s New York and chronicles the adventures of Newt Scamander after his global excursion to find and document an array of magical creatures. So our Dare to Write challenge for this week is… Create your own fantastic beast. What do they look like? Do … Read More

Dare to Write: Tongue Twisters

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This Sunday is International Tongue Twister Day! So, for this week’s writing challenge, we dare you to either… Invent your own tongue twister. It’s all in the alliteration, so pick a letter and start scribbling down ideas of all the words that start with that letter, then see how you can combine similar sounds so they trip up your tongue … Read More