Thank you to all the libraries, writers, festivals, venues, schools, organisations, and well wishers who got in touch with us about our audit. With this information we have taken the first step in changing the writing ecology of the UK .
Stay tuned for more information about the launch of our #DaretoWrite platform. Thank you again, from the Paper Nations team.

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Calling all social media enthusiasts, Paper Nations are looking for volunteers to help manage their social media.

'To apply for the role of Social Media, please submit your CV & a one-page covering letter to Joanna Nissel at Hurry, the closing date is 26th February 2018!'

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Paper Nations is a flagship research and development partnership run through TRACE (Bath Spa University’s Research Centre for Transnational Creativity and Education) and supported by Arts Council England’s Creative Writing…

At Paper Nations, we want to create a world in which all young people can access regular, high quality creative writing support.

One of the largest barriers facing young people who want to engage with creative writing is knowing what support is on offer. Working to overcome this, Paper Nations is asking front line staff and industry experts to share events and current information on creative writing opportunities for children and young people happening in their area or onlin...e.

Data will be brought together by Paper Nations into an interactive website for families and young people, creating a database where anyone can find out how to get involved in creative writing close to home and #DaretoWrite.

To submit your examples of upcoming creative writing activities, visit:

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Regardless of where they live or the socioeconomic barriers they face, we think all children should be able to access creative writing support. We’re looking for organisations and groups that provide creative writing support for young people to help us tackle the problem of spotty support. To find out how you can help, visit our website #DaretoWrite

We’ve already had some wonderful examples of creative writing support sent into us. This included, writing competitions, to library groups, to clubs or classes, or single tutors with some innovative exercises.
If your organisation provides creative writing support for young people, tell us about it via the survey on our website. We’ll share all relevant, high quality activities via a searchable online platform.

If you are an arts, education, or creative industry organisation that provides creative writing support for young people, head to to help Paper Nations increase access to regular, high quality creative writing opportunities for young people in the UK. #DaretoWrite

This year, Paper Nations is working to shape the future of creative writing for young people in the UK, enabling young people to get the support they deserve, no matter where they are or what…

Many thanks to Real Ideas Organisation for sharing our audit 📝

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Real Ideas Organisation

Paper Nations works in partnership with UK based writers & educators to develop resources that give all children the opportunity to access regular high quality creative writing support. ✍️

Read on to see how they aim to get more young people writing

Announcing the Paper Nations Audit!

To make creative writing opportunities accessible for all children in the UK, no matter where they are or what barriers they face, the first step is to make sure they know about the creative writing support that’s out there. That’s why we have launched our audit.

This month we’re asking arts, education, and creative industry organisations across the UK to head to our website and share your upcoming creative writing support for children. We...’ll then share all relevant, high quality activities via a searchable, online platform so any child can #DaretoWrite.

Head to to submit your writing activities or to find out more.

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This year, Paper Nations is working to shape the future of creative writing for young people in the UK, enabling young people to get the support they deserve, no matter where they are or what…

Writing opportunity shoutout: A short story prize for those aged 21 and under 📚🖋️📝

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The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation

The winner of our Author of Tomorrow prize will win £1,500 and a digital publication with Worldreader – find out more about the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize here:

Seasons greeting from the Paper Nations team. We have a Christmas #daretowrite prompt to kick off the holidays.

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?

For more tips on this dare, visit:

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We have been working with writers in schools to inspire children in the art of writing. Last week, it was time to celebrate the children of Westover Green primary school’s achievement. Our fantastic writers, Caleb Couldbethemoon Parkin and Robin Etherington hosted a special celebratory session. Here are just some of the responses the children had – one even wrote back to us in poetry form!

Today Caleb hosts another celebratory event with the young writers of St Martin’s Garden primary school, along with children’s author Steve Voake. They’ll be making sure the children recognise their own achievements.

One day, we hope all young people will be able to celebrate their writing as freely.

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The Royal Wedding has got us thinking about fairy tales and inspired a new dare. Imagine a fairy tale wedding. Are your bride and groom human? What kind of cake would they serve at a troll wedding? Don’t be afraid to throw some comedy into their magical day! #daretowrite #royalwedding

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We’re at the thirtieth annual NAWE Writers Conference this weekend, talking about the future of creative writing in England.
There are some fantastic delegates this year (as always). It’s wonderful to hear from all the teachers, writers, and supportive people enabling creative writing to blast past barriers and reach anyone who would like to write.

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Some excellent reactions to the children’s stories yesterday at the launch of ‘Once Upon a Time...’ at Bristol Children’s Hospital. The fantastic words and ideas of young people inspiring laughter.

Thank you again to Read for Good, Bath Festivals, Jennifer Lunn, and all involved for bringing this project to life.

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We have a fantastic and worthwhile project to share with you all.

Today marks the launch of an anthology of stories written by the incredible children in Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, called Once Upon a Time...

How The Book Was Made:...
Together with Bath Festivals and Read for Good we sent writer Jennifer Lunn into the hospital for three storytelling sessions. There, she read stories to the children, but also helped them express themselves by creating their own stories. Jennifer collated these stories into the book we see today. As part of the Bath Children’s Literature Festival, we enlisted the help of author Ben Faulks, who ran a session with the children.

Today the children, aged 4-17, will receive published copies of their own stories, complete with beautiful illustrations from artist Nick Shearn.

Once Upon a Time will also be available to read in Bristol Children’s Hospital so future children can enjoy the stories and perhaps inspire their own.

Stay tuned for images and news from the launch event.

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Remember, remember… What was your most memorable bonfire night?

Across the weekend, bonfire night will set fires blazing all across the country. So in our next #daretowrite challenge, we want you to show us your memories of bonfire night. Describe all the sights and smells you experienced.

Find the full dare here:

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