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 …

Dare to Write with David Almond

David Almond is the acclaimed, award-winning author of children’s books including Kit’s Wilderness, The Fire Eaters, Counting Stars, A Song for Ella Grey and Skellig, which won the Carnegie Medal. David is also our Chief Writing Ambassador, working with Paper Nations to share his own writing approaches, techniques and beliefs through special events and other collaborations. We chatted to David …

Dare to Write: Who Ate Santa’s Snacks?

Christmas is almost here! So, for our last Dare to Write challenge of 2016, imagine this: You come downstairs on Christmas morning to find the snacks you left out for Santa gone. All that’s left are crumbs and an empty glass. Who ate them? Santa or someone else? Did they do anything else while they were there? And have they …

Dare to Write: Christmas Decoration Discovery

Who’s already got their Christmas decorations up? Baubles, tinsel, lights and ornaments are our inspiration for this week’s writing challenge! Imagine this… You find something strange in a box of Christmas decorations. What is it and where has it come from? Who did it belong to, and what will you do with it now? Will your discovery change what happens …

Dare to Write: Advent Calendar Antics

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 …

Dare to Write: Secret Lives of Snowmen

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 …

Dare to Write: Fantastic Beasts

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 …

Dare to Write: Tongue Twisters

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 …