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. Tomorrow 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, this week’s writing dare is… Describe your most memorable …

Paper Nations at the NAWE Conference

In the countdown to their annual conference, we want to introduce one of our project partners, NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education). NAWE’s mission is to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of creative writing. As part of that, they’re coordinating a three-day programme of talks, workshops and other events, taking place next weekend. During this year’s conference, we’ll be …

Dare to Write: Stopped Clocks

The clocks go back this weekend, so we thought it only appropriate to have a time-turning challenge for this week’s 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 …

Paper Nations at Bath Children’s Literature Festival

Earlier this month, Paper Nations was part of Bath Children’s Literature Festival, the largest dedicated children’s book festival in Europe. Our event explored how we can keep creative writing alive in schools; how we can inspire and empower a nation of young creative writers despite the other pressures facing teachers and students. Chaired by Guardian Children’s Books Editor Julia Eccleshare …

Hair-raising Halloween Writing Prompts

Halloween is almost here, so here are some of our favourite resources to make your stories this month even more spooktacular. Put on your creepiest masks and costumes, draw the curtains against any lurking ghosts and ghouls, and pen us a petrifying tale or two using the ideas below… Spooky Story Starters Get a brilliant beginning from the Story Starts …

Dare to Write: What I Saw in the Woods

Whatever your plans for the half-term holiday, chances are you’ll be seeing some of the evidence that Autumn is well underway. And there’s nowhere these seasonal changes are more obvious than when walking in the woods, so that’s our setting for this week’s writing challenge. Think about what you’ll tell your friends about your half-term when you go back, then …

Dare to Write with Lucy Coats

Lucy Coats writes for children of all ages. Her first picture book was published in 1991, and in 2004 she was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Prize for Atticus the Storyteller’s 100 Greek Myths. Lucy read her first book of Greek myths at the age of seven, and has been hooked on stories of all kinds ever since. We …

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 Julia Golding

  Julia Golding is a multi-award winning writer for children and young adults.  She has published over thirty books in genres ranging from historical adventure to fantasy, including the Mel Foster, Young Knights and Cat Royal series. Here, she shares some secrets about her earliest ever adventures in writing, and her advice for would-be writers of all ages, before giving …

Dare to Write: Cursed Pirate Treasure

Ahoy, me hearties! Earlier this week, it was Talk Like a Pirate Day, when salty sea-dogs and landlubbers alike make ordinary, everyday words walk the plank and instead spend the day discussing grog, parrots, powder monkeys, jibs and jolly rogers. In celebration, this week’s Dare to Write challenge is the perfect opportunity to invent your own sea shanty or spin …