Dare to Write?

Be part of a writing adventure this summer. If you love stories, using your imagination and messing about with words, we’d love you to take part in our epic writing quest. Over the summer holidays, we’ll be setting you four fun creative challenges. Complete them all for rewards and an invite to a special event at the end of the summer.

LKMco’s Creative Writing in Schools: Literature Review

Today LKMco, Paper Nations and First Story are launching a literature review exploring creative writing in schools, which looks at how schools currently develop young people’s creative writing, and how the impact of creative writing interventions could be strengthened. Paper Nations and First Story both received grants from Arts Council England’s Creative Writing in Schools fund. As part of this, …

MediaWall Live Writing Event at MIX 2017 Writing Digital

From July 10th-12th 2017, Bath Spa University will hosting the International Mix Digital Conference. This event brings together writers, artists, educators and media practitioners to explore where storytelling and media creation intersect with technology.  This year, Paper Nations has teamed up with MIX to contribute to the Regeneration stand which celebrates young writers and the future of creative writing including …

Dare to Write with David Almond

David Almond is the acclaimed, award-winning author of children’s books including Kit’s Wilderness, The Fire Eaters, Counting Stars, A Song for Ella Grey and Skellig, which won the Carnegie Medal. David is also our Chief Writing Ambassador, working with Paper Nations to share his own writing approaches, techniques and beliefs through special events and other collaborations. We chatted to David …

Dare to Write: Cursed Pirate Treasure

Ahoy, me hearties! Earlier this week, it was Talk Like a Pirate Day, when salty sea-dogs and landlubbers alike make ordinary, everyday words walk the plank and instead spend the day discussing grog, parrots, powder monkeys, jibs and jolly rogers. In celebration, this week’s Dare to Write challenge is the perfect opportunity to invent your own sea shanty or spin …

Dare to Write: What’s Your Wonka?

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In honour of Roald Dahl Day earlier this week, this Dare to Write challenge is inspired by a passage from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: “Mr Willy Wonka can make marshmallows that taste of violets, and rich caramels that change colour every ten seconds as you suck them, and little feathery sweets that melt away deliciously the moment you put …

Dahlightful Activities for Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl’s one hundredth birthday is approaching, and all over the world, schools, libraries and other organisations are getting ready to celebrate an extra special Roald Dahl Day, taking place next week on Tuesday 13th September 2016. As part of of those celebrations, we’re searching for a hundred schools to take the Paper Nations challenge and sign up to pioneer …

Our 100 schools challenge for #RoaldDahl100

The countdown has begun to 13th September 2016, the hundredth birthday of beloved children’s author and storyteller Roald Dahl. Dahl is the creator of some of the twentieth century’s most popular children’s stories, including Matilda, The Witches, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a long list of others, and his books have sold more than 250 million copies …

Share your love of creative writing

Paper Nations is looking for published creative writers to take part in our pilot creative writing tutor scheme. You may be a published poet, novelist or non-fiction writer with an interest in working as an associate writer in one or more of our partner schools.

Paper Nations at your school

The challenge is on to find 100 schools to pioneer our new national writing programme. The Paper Nations Writing Programme is a creative learning space for inspiring writers: where children and grown-ups can discover the art of writing and making stories together. If you want to take part, there are two ways to bring this exciting new programme to your school.