Opportunities with Dare to Write? Corsham and StoryTown

Paper Nations is inviting organisations and individuals in Corsham, Wiltshire to apply for two opportunities with Corsham Town Council’s StoryTown Festival, part of Dare to Write? Corsham. The two opportunities available are To develop workshops and activities to encourage children to explore the art of writing in an imaginative and innovative way. The position of Corsham StoryTown Co-ordinator Dare to …

Get Young People Writing with the Paper Nations Audit!

Are you an arts, education, or creative industry organisation? Read on to find out how you can help us make creative writing support for young people more easily accessible. We believe that all children should have access to regular, high quality creative writing support, regardless of where they live or the economic barriers they may face. Unlike other elective subjects, …

Dare to Write: Christmas Decoration Discovery

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 this Christmas? If you’re not sure where …

Dare to Write: Bonfire Night

Remember, remember, the fifth of November; gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. This weekend is Bonfire Night, the annual commemoration of Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot being foiled. Across Great Britain, bonfires will be blazing and fireworks lit. So, in celebration of all that, our next writing dare is… Describe your most …

Dare to Write: Spooky Cottage

It’s Halloween! The night where the border between our world and the magical world is at its thinnest. Fantastic and spooky things can happen on this night. Our writing dare is inspired by the mysterious… “You are going trick-or-treating. You discover an old cottage hidden in your local park. Creeping up the black stone pathway, you reach the front door. …

Dare to Write: Stopped Clocks

The clocks went back last night, so we thought it only appropriate to have a time-turning challenge for our next Dare to Write! Imagine this: you wake up to find all the clocks have stopped. Everyone and everything is frozen. Time is standing still. Where do you go and what do you do? Or, if you’re not quite ready for …

Dare to Write: What’s Your Wonka?

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In honour of Roald Dahl Day, this Dare to Write challenge is inspired by a passage from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: “Mr Willy Wonka can make marshmallows that taste of violets, and rich caramels that change colour every ten seconds as you suck them, and little feathery sweets that melt away deliciously the moment you put them between your …

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 with Katherine Woodfine

Katherine Woodfine is the author of the bestselling The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow and The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth. A true champion of children’s literature, until 2015 she worked for reading charity Book Trust, on projects including the Children’s Laureate and YALC, the UK’s first young adult literature convention. She now combines writing with other children’s books projects, …

Dare to Write with Martin Brown

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 …