The Most Magical Time of the Year… A Writing Dare by Chris Vick

Children’s author Chris Vick has a real treat for you… a brand new Christmas writing dare! Read on to discover the holiday magic.   Flying reindeer, naughty elves, Scrooge’s ghosts . . . There’s no doubt about it, Christmas is a time of magic: dark nights, crackling fires, whispering winds and frosty fields. When time freezes, the rules of logic …

The 2018 NAWE Conference: Reflections

The second weekend of November saw the Paper Nations team visiting our partner, NAWE, the National Association for Writers in Education, for their annual conference in York. The team ran a number of sessions, presenting research-grounded work to the NAWE community and generating exciting discussions on the writing ecology of the UK. Seraphima Kennedy, Director of NAWE, began the conference …

NAWE 2018: Sessions Not to Miss

This weekend marks the final event of Paper Nations’ 2016-18 phase: The 2018 NAWE Conference! The Paper Nations team are heading to York to present our work following three years of intensive, on-the-ground research into creative writing opportunities for young people. We’ll be hosting events across the weekend and are very excited to be presenting findings from our projects co-produced …

Corsham StoryTown: The Culmination of a Year-Round Programme of Work in Corsham

Over three days, the Corsham community was invited to come together and celebrate the art of writing at the inaugural StoryTown Festival. The culmination of two years of collaboration between Corsham Town Council and Paper Nations, StoryTown featured a busy schedule of readings, exhibitions and writing workshops. Many of the writers who have co-produced writing projects with Paper Nations over the …

Get the Dare to Write Library on Film!

Paper Nations champions approaches to the art of writing that are inclusive, playful and exploratory. Growing out of extensive research and consultation with practitioners, our creative writing in schools programme aims to enhance existing creative writing provision for young people in England in a sustainable way. Tender Opportunity As part of Paper Nations’ commitment to sustaining writing activity, we are …

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. …