Creative Writing in Schools

The Creative Writing in Schools programme funded by Arts Council England (ACE) aimed to inspire young people to write creatively and for pleasure. ACE set up this programme in response to concerns about a lack of creative writing opportunities in schools, and the impact this could have on children and young people’s creativity and cultural education. First Story and Paper Nations were recipients of this fund.

Dare to Write? LibraryAfter three years of hard work and collaboration with young people and writers, we have finished our Creative Writing in Schools Programme. We are now concluding the release of our final set of evidence-backed resources and reports.

The release of our final assets began at the end of February 2019 with a special report from our evaluator, LKMco, containing recommendations for the creative writing sector. The LKMco report explores how individuals and organisations across the country can continue to champion and support writing for young people.

April saw the development of the new phase of Dare to Write?, including new portals offering resources for writers of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience to discover the joy of writing. Explore the first two portals, the Dare to Write? Core and Library here.

Finally, later this summer we will release the Dare to Write? Atlas, The Writer Development Cycle and all the new Dare to Write? Academy – providing case studies, digital resources, and ongoing professional development for anyone wishing to support writers to develop their craft.

We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the Creative Writing in Schools programme. Although the programme has now finished, the legacy will continue. Many of the resources that we are creating will provide the groundwork for our 2019-21 phase.

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