Graduates of the Academy

Any writer, educator, or researcher who wants to enhance their knowledge of exploratory approaches to writing can study at the Dare to Write? Academy.

Our courses enable writers to go on to develop their own projects and activities, which pioneer new ideas, discovering what works and what doesn’t. Our participants push the boundaries of creative writing initiatives as they test out new ideas and approaches, either for their own personal or professional development, or because they have something important to offer and they want to make a difference.

Graduates of the Academy

The methods developed for the Dare to Write? Academy were first tested out in the Paper Nations Writing Ambassadors Programme in 2016-17, which taught writers, teachers, and creative writing enthusiasts about the principles that went on to form our Dare to Write? ethos and Academy. Since completing the programme, our students have gone on to start their own fantastic initiatives. Here are three examples…

Chris Vick

Chris Vick

Aside from publishing another two children’s novels since we first met Chris, he now runs Write Write Write, a Corsham-based writing workshop for 12-16 year olds.

Sarah Forbes

Another avenue our graduates have taken is working with festivals. Sarah used her knowledge to become Cheltenham Festival’s Education Manager, running creative writing activities across the Cheltenham area.
Sarah Forbes
Matthew Tett

Matthew Tett

Matthew went on to work with Paper Nations directly, becoming the coordinator of our first annual family writing festival in Corsham, StoryTown. We are happy to announce that he has returned to the role for our 2019 festival. StoryTown, co-produced with Corsham Town Council, could not go ahead without him.

How do I become a Graduate of the Academy?

Register your interest for enrolling in the Dare to Write? Academy programme now.