Share or Seal

For most writers, the first time a story goes out into the world is exhilarating. Sharing writing is an act of bravery that can be its own reward. Often, sharing work can be the end of one journey and the beginning of another. The writer may wish to begin by sharing the experience of writing with friends or family. You might ask them: What does it feel like when you write? What ideas are you exploring? Are you feeling drawn to film scripts or writing stories? Talking around the writing practice is another form of sharing and helping to shape the journey for oneself.

All over the country there are writing groups and tutors who support young people who enjoy reading and writing. Young writers go along each week or month, share their writing and get feedback to take their stories onto the next stage. Have a look on the Dare to Write? Experience Map page, Writing Events page, ask at school or check with your local library to see if there is a writing group or event near you.

Alternatively, your child may wish to find a trusted friend, parent or teacher who can read the work and provide feedback. Often a close friend or family member is a good place to start. If a young writer asks you to give feedback, make sure that you try to understand what they are trying to achieve before jumping in with advice.

Dare to Write? is written with children in mind but the activities are timeless. If you are a fledgling or returning writer, you may want to try the activities yourself and take the journey with your children. Sign up to the Paper Nations mailing list for information on support and training for adults.