Putting Pen to Paper (‘PP2P’) is a not-for-profit community initiative that has been funded by a community project fund from East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) for the first three years of its existence, as well as being supported by Waitrose (Alton), Alton Beer Festival, Four Marks and Medstead Rotary, madaboutsnailbooks, DG Design and Print (Alton), as well as several private individuals through donations.
Set up by two volunteers in 2014, PP2P provides creative writing courses for children aged 7-11, regardless of their social and financial situation. To ensure that it is accessible to all, courses are heavily subsidised by charging a nominal fee of £20.00, per 6-week course.
Courses are lively, interactive and slightly bonkers. Aimed at children who enjoy writing in their spare time, those who struggle to get ideas down on paper and all who lie in between, PP2P offers children the chance to try new writing techniques, practice what they have been taught, work towards writing competitions or just the chance to come and write with like-minded individuals. New friendships are a big part of the group, as is drama, scriptwriting and self-expression. Each course has a theme whether tied to author anniversaries, writing trends or the demands of the group.