Interview with writer, visual artist and educator Alice Maddicott

Alice Maddicott is an author, tutor and visual  artist currently living in Bath. Her work has spanned everything from novels and poetry to scriptwriting for CBBC. She runs workshops in schools and museums across the UK . She was the Writer in Residence for the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s 60th Anniversary in 2009, and the  Bath International Literature Festival in …

The Bath Festival, 19-28 May: Young Writers Lab, Family Arts Day, Dare to Write Library and More

Bath Festivals is one of our fantastic partner organisations dedicated to promoting sustainable creative writing programmes in educational environments. Working with their Creative Learning department, Paper Nations runs and supports creative writing workshops at schools and festivals in the local area. One of these festivals is The Bath Festival which runs from 19th to 28th May 2017. Building on the …

Interview and Dare to Write Challenge with Visual Artist Holly Graham

Last month, we were a part of StoryFest at the Eden Project, where we launched our Dare to Write Library installation; a series of writing and book making workshops for young people. Visitors were invited to move through the four stages of the Dare to Write Library. They began by making their very own books, before visiting our library of …

Dare to Write with Martin Brown

Last week we shared an interview with writer and illustrator Martin Brown –one of the UK’s most prolific contributors to the children’s book industry and best known for his work on the Horrible Histories series. More recently, he has written and illustrated his own non-fiction book for children, Lesser Spotted Animals and is currently developing a follow up. We were …

Author Interview: Martin Brown, Writer, Cartoonist and Illustrator

  Writer and illustrator Martin Brown is one of the UK’s most prolific contributors to the children’s book industry. His drawings for the Horrible Histories series are like works of art: known around the world for their eye-popping use of colour, humour and sense of detail.  In addition to Horrible Histories, he has also illustrated many other stories. These include …

The Dare to Write Library at The Eden Project, Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 February 2017

    Join us this February half-term for the Dare to Write Library as part of the Eden Project’s StoryFest.  Storyfest is Eden Project’s book festival for children and young people which they describe as ‘a celebration of stories, storytelling, curiosity and fun’.  Here we will be hosting a nine-day installation of creative writing and bookmaking drop-in workshops. Children, young …

Writing Ambassadors Training Programme 2017

Write. Teach. Create. Whether you’re a teacher or community arts worker with a passion for writing, or a writer with a passion for working with children and young people, Paper Nation’s Writing Ambassadors Training Programme 2017 is designed to equip you with the skills and expertise to design and deliver your own innovative and sustainable creative writing education projects. The …

Call out for Writers

Paper Nations is currently looking for writers to run creative writing workshops across a range of schools we are working with in the South West.  Are you a writer interested in building your experience of working with young people and developing creative writing in an educational setting?  Or, are you already running successful or innovative creative writing workshops in schools and open to expanding your reach and exchanging best practice?  If …

Paper Nations at the NAWE Conference

In the countdown to their annual conference, we want to introduce one of our project partners, NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education). NAWE’s mission is to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of creative writing. As part of that, they’re coordinating a three-day programme of talks, workshops and other events, taking place next weekend. During this year’s conference, we’ll be …

Hair-raising Halloween Writing Prompts

Halloween is almost here, so here are some of our favourite resources to make your stories this month even more spooktacular. Put on your creepiest masks and costumes, draw the curtains against any lurking ghosts and ghouls, and pen us a petrifying tale or two using the ideas below… Spooky Story Starters Get a brilliant beginning from the Story Starts …