Apply for Live Literature School Residencies 2017-18

We are now closed for applications for school residencies; this application information and criteria is provided as an example only and may change if future residencies take place. The deadline was Wednesday 17 May 2017. We will be in touch with everyone who applied by the end of term in June. If you have questions about your application or the programme, please contact



If cost is a significant barrier to running a residency in your school, early years setting or nursery, you can apply now to hold a Live Literature School Residency.

Scottish Book Trust are delighted to expand the Live Literature School Residencies programme for 2017-18. The programme will offer 10 schools, early years or nurseries in Scotland a fully-funded author-in-residence.

Each residency will contain 12 sessions carried out by one author from our database. Our database includes over 700 professional writers, poets, playwrights, spoken word artists, illustrators, graphic novelists, screenwriters and storytellers.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 17 May 2017 at noon.

For all enquiries, please email


What schools receive

  • 12 sessions with an author from our database at no cost – including two CLPL sessions with the author for your staff
  • Scottish Book Trust pays the author’s full fee and expenses directly through the Live Literature programme – no invoicing!
  • A £500 contribution to the cost of resources for sessions, e.g. photocopying, books 
  • Support from Scottish Book Trust’s experienced team
  • Your project showcased on our website, as well as suggested learning resources and next steps after the project to help you make the most of the sessions


How to apply

  • Read our very short eligibility criteria.
  • Download and fill in an application form.
  • Make sure your completed form includes a statement from a senior staff member confirming the school’s support.
  • Submit your application as an attachment to before the deadline.


What are the panel looking for?


Will your residency ideas inspire a love of creative writing and reading? This is our main priority, so please make sure you tell us why you think working with an author will inspire your pupils and staff to write creatively this year. For inspiration and ideas, check out our blogs by teachers and librarians about projects in their schools.



Your project doesn’t have to be fully developed or polished. We’re looking for enthusiastic, committed schools that want to make the most of this funding; you can work with the author and Scottish Book Trust to refine your project’s aims and structure later.


A focused approach

Show us that your project will have a lasting impact in your school and for the pupils who take part. Workshops don’t have to reach everyone in the school. We recommend that you choose to work with a particular year group, specific classes, or that you build a project around a particular theme.



We know that things don’t always go to plan. Scottish Book Trust will help and support you if you need to change your plans. You will be asked to nominate a co-ordinator at your school who will lead on the project within your school and communicate with the author throughout.



Eligibility and criteria

  • Early years settings, schools and further education settings working with students under 18 in Scotland can apply
  • A school can only submit one application, for one project
  • Our panel will consider all applications, but you must be able to demonstrate a clear financial need
  • Pupils must not incur a cost to participate in the project 
  • As a result of extreme pressure on resources, schools unable to afford author visits without support will be given priority. Due to this, we cannot usually prioritise applications from independent schools. However, our panel will consider all applications.
  • Authors cannot apply on behalf of schools
  • All sessions in the residency must be carried out by Friday 30 March 2018
  • Your application form must contain a short statement from a senior member of staff, e.g. Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, when it is submitted. This statement shows that the residency, author and project co-ordinator will have the school’s support throughout the year.


Live Literature deadlines during the residency

  • If you have already secured Live Literature sessions at the January 2017 deadline, you can still apply for a residency
  • If you are successful in applying for a residency this may be taken into consideration when assessing any applications made by your school at the September 2017 deadline



Authors cannot apply on behalf of schools. Schools who secure a residency will work with Scottish Book Trust to approach authors to carry out the residency. Authors can still apply to join the Live Literature Database at any time.


How to Apply

Fill out an application form and return to by the deadline Wednesday 17 May 2017.