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 …

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 …