Dare to Write? Pioneers

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What is a Pioneer?

A pioneer is an author, teacher, parent, researcher or student who pilots approaches to supporting emerging writers.

Pioneers trial new ideas, discovering what works and what doesn’t. They push the boundaries of creative writing initiatives because they want to explore 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 difference.

Going forward, Pioneers will be able to receive support through the Dare to Write? Academy, in association with Paper Nations, Bath Spa University and StoryHive.

How Do I Benefit?

  • Discover an opportunity for authors, teachers and writings to train, learn and develop.
  • Be an innovator, working on cutting-edge developments in the creative writing field.
  • Help make national change, turning creative writing into a more fun, exploratory process for young writers.
  • Cut your own path: you can pitch us an idea for an area of study or research. If it reflects the Dare to Write Ethos, we can help make your idea a reality.
  • Become part of a community of learners and meet other Pioneers.

Past Pioneers

Elen Caldecott, Mimi Thebo, and Steve Voake are just three examples of the brilliant writers who helped us decide how we want to deliver writing workshops for children. New pioneers will can attend our academy to develop ideas for how best to support young writers in their care.

Elen Caldecott

Elen Caldecott

Mimi Thebo

Mimi Thebo

Steve Voake

Steve Voake

How to Become a Pioneer

Just email us at writers@papernations.org. We will be in touch with more details about our course and fees. If you have an idea for an initiative, project, campaign, or event we could run, please pitch it to us using this email address.

If you are looking to use your expertise to inform a Dare to Write? campaign or event series, head to the Experts page.