Media Labs

Every year Scottish Book Trust offers writers the opportunity to develop their cross-media careers through our Labs.

Scottish Book Trust is an equal opportunities organisation. If you have specific access requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. This information is available in alternative formats, including large print format on request. 

Please see below for details of this year's labs.

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Lab details:

Illustration Lab 2014

Please note: Applications are now closed.

Scottish Book Trust are pleased to announce the launch of our Illustration Lab 2014.

This exciting short course will offer illustrators in Scotland the chance to deepen their skills and broaden their practical knowledge. The Lab will combine sessions about the illustrator’s craft with practical advice on how to find opportunities and build working relationships.

Led by the leading children’s writer Vivian French and featuring a range of guest speakers that includes illustrators as well as industry professionals, the lab will be a hugely valuable opportunity for people who already have some experience and are looking to make the next step in their careers. It will also be demanding, as over the course of the two days participants will be expected to produce original artwork. Guest speakers will include the acclaimed illustrators Nick Sharratt, Ross Collins, Catherine Rayner and Natalie Russell.

The Lab will include the following:

  • Illustrators discussing their careers and answering questions
  • Advice from a publishing commissioning editor
  • An agent-led discussion on how to pitch your work and build a portfolio
  • Informed constructive feedback on your own illustrative work

For details of how to apply for this opportunity, please download the Application Guidelines here or at the bottom of the page. Please read the eligibility instructions carefully.


Application Deadline: 29 November 2013


Saturday, 1 February 2014

Saturday, 15 February 2014

(Please note there is a two-week break between the course dates to allow participants to create their work)

Venue: Edinburgh School of Art, Edinburgh

Cost: Free of charge

The Tutor:

Vivian French began writing books for children after a career as an actor, playwright, and storyteller. Her first books for children were published in 1990, and she has since written over 250 books including board books for babies, plays for new readers, non-fiction, contemporary fairy tales for fluent readers and novels for teenagers. She is an editorial consultant, reviewer and anthologist, and a tutor in the illustration department at Edinburgh College of Art. Vivian is amongst the top thirty most borrowed authors in UK libraries -- her books are regularly borrowed over half a million times a year.

(Script image by Say_No_To_Turtles from Flickr Creative Commons)