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

Paper Nations at the NAWE Conference

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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 … Read More

Paper Nations at Bath Children’s Literature Festival

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Earlier this month, Paper Nations was part of Bath Children’s Literature Festival, the largest dedicated children’s book festival in Europe. Our event explored how we can keep creative writing alive in schools; how we can inspire and empower a nation of young creative writers despite the other pressures facing teachers and students. Chaired by Guardian Children’s Books Editor Julia Eccleshare … Read More

Hair-raising Halloween Writing Prompts

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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 … Read More

Dare to Write: What I Saw in the Woods

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Whatever your plans for the half-term holiday, chances are you’ll be seeing some of the evidence that Autumn is well underway. And there’s nowhere these seasonal changes are more obvious than when walking in the woods, so that’s our setting for this week’s writing challenge. Think about what you’ll tell your friends about your half-term when you go back, then … Read More

Dare to Write with Lucy Coats

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Lucy Coats writes for children of all ages. Her first picture book was published in 1991, and in 2004 she was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Prize for Atticus the Storyteller’s 100 Greek Myths. Lucy read her first book of Greek myths at the age of seven, and has been hooked on stories of all kinds ever since. We … Read More

Dare to Write: Cursed Pirate Treasure

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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 … Read More