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 worldwide.
For the past decade, Roald Dahl’s birthday has been recognised with a worldwide celebration: Roald Dahl Day. This year, on what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, the celebrations promise to be bigger and more dahlicious than ever before. And that’s where we come in.
We’re searching for a hundred schools prepared to take the Paper Nations challenge. These schools will pioneer our new national writing programme, bringing in published authors to deliver exciting, imaginative creative writing workshops to students, inspiring a new generation of stories worthy of Roald Dahl himself. Find out more or to get involved.
And if you can’t wait for Paper Nations to come to your school, don’t worry. In tribute to Dahl and other writers who’ve inspired young people to pick up their pens – we’re introducing Dare to Write: a series of creative writing prompts, challenges, resources and opportunities for children and young people. And parents, teachers and other grown-ups are encouraged to take part too!
Each week, we’ll be sharing ideas of fun, interactive creative writing activities – here on the Paper Nations blog as well as on our Twitter and Facebook pages – as part of our mission to inspire a nation of young writers.
Each Dare to Write ‘dare’ can be adapted for young writers of all ages, literacy levels and backgrounds, and we’d love to see what they come up with. Share their stories with us via Twitter or Facebook using the #DaretoWrite hashtag and they might even end up featured on our website and social channels.
So whether it’s taking one of Roald Dahl’s phizz-wizzing made-up words as a starting point, describing what snozzcumbers taste like, imagining a day with Matilda’s powers or something else altogether, we’re sure Dare to Write will be a dahlightful writing adventure for those who dare to get involved.
We’ll be posting our first ‘dare’ very soon… will you Dare to Write?
(Image via Wee Sen Goh)