Apply for a fully-funded Live Literature school residency

The Live Literature School Residencies programme is a fully-funded opportunity for 10 schools, education and early years settings a year to work with an author-in-residence.

Do you work with young people? Would those young people love working with an author-in-residence to tell stories through creative writing, illustrations or storytelling? Are you keen to work with a professional to enhance your own confidence and skills when teaching creative writing?  

If you’ve always want to run a creative writing residency where you are but you need financial assistance to make it happen, you can apply now for a Live Literature school residency.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 15 May at noon.


Schools receive:

  • 12 fully-funded sessions with an author from our database – including two training sessions for your staff and time to plan the project
  • Scottish Book Trust pay the author’s full fee and expenses directly through the Live Literature programme – no invoicing!
  • A full day of training for the project co-ordinator, with a chance to meet your author and staff from other schools
  • A £500 grant to buy workshop supplies, notebooks, art supplies, books and more
  • Support from Scottish Book Trust’s experienced team


How to apply:

  1. Check you are eligible to apply
  2. Download the application form
  3. Build in time to gather or request necessary information. The application form is short (750 words in total over eight questions) but you will be asked to include SIMD statistics about your setting where appropriate and also a statement from one of your colleagues as well as your own
  4. Fill in answers to all of the questions on the application form to the best of your ability and include two staff statements
  5. Email by Wednesday 15 May 2019 with your completed application form attached as a word document (sorry, no PDFs). Please put ‘School Residency Application’ in the subject line


Eligibility Criteria:

You can apply if:

  • You're working with students under 18 in Scotland in early years, schools, further education settings as well as residential units or other organisations standing in place of school for young people not in mainstream education
  • You're able to demonstrate a clear financial need, either overall as an organisation or in reaching a particular audience or group of pupils within your school or setting. Our panel will consider all applications, but settings unable to afford author visits without support will be given priority.
  • Your project will be free for all of the young people taking part
  • Your application form contains a short statement from a senior member of staff, such as a Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher. This statement shows that the residency, author and project co-ordinator will have support throughout the year
  • One member of staff from your organisation is be able to attend an induction day at our office in Edinburgh on Tuesday 17 September 2019. We can help with travel expenses, and the cost of cover if necessary.
  • Your application is written by a learning professional from within your organisation. Authors can’t apply on your behalf.
  • You’re able to hold a residency taking place between Wednesday 18 September 2019 and Tuesday 31 March 2020

If you've been awarded Live Literature funding for sessions during the same period, you can still apply. However, we may take successful residency applications into account when awarding funding for one-off sessions in October 2019.


What learning professionals say:

‘The residency only lasted a few months, however, the longevity of this project will last in the school for years.’ – Project Co-ordinator, Secondary School

‘Staff have greater confidence in teaching creative writing and some of the resources created are now used across the department as standard. Pupils have found their confidence in writing and reading has increased with pupils showing off their skills. By seeing writers engaging with the school, this project has started us on our journey to creating a reading culture.’ – Teacher, Residency School

‘Working in close collaboration with our author had a positive impact on the pupils’ self-esteem and belief in their own creativity.’ – Teacher, Residency School

‘Our author has also led two CLPL [sessions]. Teachers left feeling empowered and enthusiastic about reading and writing within their classroom.’ – Senior Teacher, Primary School

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