A Writing Challenge from Our Duke of Edinburgh Student, Alex

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Bath-based writer Alex is in Year 10. He is a Junior Judge for the Bath Children’s Novel Award and a former Junior Journalist for the Bath Children’s Literature Festival. This autumn, I’ve been completing the volunteering section of my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award by helping Paper Nations conduct research into their Dare to Write? Prompts. Each week I was … Read More

Time to Write Commissions for underrepresented writers in South-West England – Applications now open

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When we launched Writing for All, we were very clear about our aims: to open up writing and publishing to writers who might otherwise lack access, who bring voices and stories we might otherwise miss. We believe that a broad range of voices and stories enriches and is vital to people’s understanding of the world. That means encouraging people across … Read More

Beyond the Book: The Recipients

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What a fantastic response we’ve had. The quality of the submissions to our Beyond the Book commission was very high. We had entries from forty writers and technologists with links to the upper South West, including projects from multi-prizewinning authors and professionals. Our independent selection panel shortlisted commended twelve applicants, who have now all received feedback on their submissions. But … Read More

Join Us on 18-20th October At the StoryTown Corsham Festival!

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It’s just two weeks until the second annual StoryTown, a family writing festival in Corsham, Wiltshire. Across the weekend of 18th-20th October, there will be over 30 events for writers of all ages and persuasions. We’ve got something for digital writers, families of writers, writers interested in history or experimenting with hand printing, poets, writing educators and more. We are … Read More

Announcing our innovative new CPD programme for writers, researchers, and educators!

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We are excited to reveal information about the Dare to Write? Academy – a new series of writing events, flagship courses, and workshops available in 2020. The Dare to Write? Academy is one of our co-produced projects, led by TRACE at Bath Spa University. The Paper Nations’ Writing for All programme will contribute to the The Dare to Write? Academy … Read More

The Quiet

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The Quiet is our reflective time – you won’t hear anything from us on our website or across social media until the end of August.  This time is reserved for all of us to get back to basics: to write and reflect on our writing journeys. Writing demands our time from dawn till dusk. It’s important to take time away … Read More

The Most Magical Time of the Year… A Writing Dare by Chris Vick

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Children’s author Chris Vick has a real treat for you… a brand new Christmas writing dare! Read on to discover the holiday magic.   Flying reindeer, naughty elves, Scrooge’s ghosts . . . There’s no doubt about it, Christmas is a time of magic: dark nights, crackling fires, whispering winds and frosty fields. When time freezes, the rules of logic … Read More

NAWE 2018: Sessions Not to Miss

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This weekend marks the final event of Paper Nations’ 2016-18 phase: The 2018 NAWE Conference! The Paper Nations team are heading to York to present our work following three years of intensive, on-the-ground research into creative writing opportunities for young people. We’ll be hosting events across the weekend and are very excited to be presenting findings from our projects co-produced … Read More

Dare to Write with Martin Brown

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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 … Read More

The Dare to Write Quest

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It’s the last week of the summer holidays, but there’s still time to get involved in our Dare to Write Quest! The aim of the quest is to get young people started on their journey to become young writers. We’ll do this through a series of four challenges that will help kids everywhere explore their writing interests. The Dare to … Read More