Paper Nations is a major creative writing partnership focused on developing the creative writing ecology and helping more young people to access support to develop their writing talent.
As part of this programme we have working in the following ways:
Developing the Creative Writing Voice
This is an action research project working with schools in B&NES and Somerset gathering evidence about the best ways of working with children to find ways into creative writing. We have worked with a wide range of genres including spoken word, fiction, journalism and vlogging to allow them to discover their own creative voices, giving each child the confidence to believe that: ‘I am a writer and my writing is valued’.
We worked with Read for Good and Jennifer Lunn created a booklet of stories with children at Bristol Children’s Hospital school. Jon Aitken has been creating articles and vlogs with young people at St Marks School. We are working across Frome with the Word Up project, getting writers into every First School and inspiring a love of words with the whole community.
From all these fantastic projects we are bringing together evidence and resources about Best Practice that can support other people to deliver excellent projects with children and young people.
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Celebrating creative writing at events in our festivals:
The Creative Writing Feast launched the Paper Nations programme at the Bath Literature Festival in March 2016 with Spoken Word performance from pupils from St Marks School, creative conversations exploring how we can create a nation of young writers and inspiring words from Paper Nations’ Creative Writing Champion, David Almond.
How can we keep creative writing alive in our schools was a debate that took place at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival in October 2016. Panellists David Almond, Julia Eccleshare, Francesca Beers, Jake Bishop Ponte and Bethany Tavener discussed with an audience of teachers, writers, parents and cultural organisations the importance of creative writing for children and young people, and how we can work together to advocate for sustaining the arts in schools and beyond.
And this year we are creating a story trail from writing created by children and young people who have taken part in the Paper Nations programmes. Look out for words on the streets of Bath!
Joined up writing in the South West
We are opening conversations with other arts organisations across the South West about how we can work together to develop and strengthen the creative writing offer to young people in our region.
About Paper Nations
Funded by Arts Council England, Paper Nations is a strategic partnership, investigating good practice and barriers to writing support for young people. Through research and development, we want to engage young people, parents, educators, writers and the publishing industry in a dialogue about the future of writing in England. Paper Nations is a partnership between Bath Spa University’s Creative Writing Faculty and Institute for Education, Bath Festivals, the National Association of Writers in Education, Poetry Can, StoryHive and a thriving community of local schools and arts organisations.