Opportunities for Writers

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The opportunities listed are not directly associated with Scottish Book Trust. Please check submission deadlines and guidelines carefully before submitting your work.

At Scottish Book Trust we get lots of people telling us about different opportunities for writers in Scotland. Here's the current crop, organised by the month of deadline:

 

2018

May

WHAT MATTERS MOST: VALUE-BASED LIVING, WORKING & CREATING RETREAT

Retreat for people who want to explore their values for professional or personal reasons, e.g. practitioners in the creative sector, those who support and care for others in their work and life, people with an interest in writing, mindfulness, coaching or related areas. Facilitated by Helen Boden and Audrey Birt, a two day retreat in Fife, £250: includes tuition, 2 nights’ accommodation, home-cooked meals and refreshments. 
Non-residential rate: £150.

Dates: Friday 18 – Sunday 20 May

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WRITE IN THE BOTANICS: NALINI PAUL

Love plants? Love writing? Join poet Nalini Paul on 20 May for this one-day seasonal workshop at Glasgow Botanical Gardens: SPRING! Spaces are limited. First in a series, includes home baking. #writeinthebotanics

Date: Sunday 20 May

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NAWE

Calling all creative writers in education! The Call for Proposals for the 31st NAWE conference is open until Monday 21 May. This year, NAWE return to the historic city of York for their annual conference, the one event exploring creative writing in education in all settings. The conference this year will showcase key outputs from Paper Nations, their Arts Council England strategic partnership. They're also delighted to confirm Stuart Maconie as the evening speaker on Friday 9 November. There will be a wide range of panels including sessions on marketing, applying for funding, journalism, mental health and mindfulness. NAWE welcome 100 word proposals from creative writing tutors in schools, colleges, community settings and in higher education at any level. Talks, readings, panels, presentations and papers are all welcome.

Deadline: Monday 21 May

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LAPIDUS SCOTLAND PRESENTS WRITING BEGINNINGS: SELF AND PLACE WITH HELEN BODEN

Explore the health and wellbeing benefits of looking at art and creative writing. Use artworks at Kelvingrove to help you start to create your own story as part of  Moving Minds X, a day celebrating diversity and mental wellbeing. No previous creative writing experience needed. Free, but booking essential.

Saturday 26 May 2018, 13:30 - 15:00, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Book: please contact John Steel at VOX on 0141 572 1663 or email jsteel@mentalhealth.org.uk

Booking deadline: Friday 25 May, 14:00

 

SCOTS SCRIEVER RESIDENCY

The role of the Scots Scriever is a joint initiative of Creative Scotland and the National Library of Scotland. Established in 2015, the role was created to support Creative Scotland's Scots Language Policy (which can be viewed on the Creative Scotland website). This is a unique type of creative residency with a high level of public engagement, a creative response to Scots collections at the National Library of Scotland, and regular ongoing output in Scots all required throughout the tenure.

The purpose of the Scriever residency is specifically:

  • To produce original, creative work in Scots (any variant or dialect) in any genre or discipline throughout the tenure
  • To have explicit responsibility for raising the profile, understanding and appreciation of creative work in the Scots language, including that held within the National Library's collections.

Deadline: Monday 28 May

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June

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SCREEN WRITING AT GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY

If you fancy a career writing fiction for the television industry, there is a fantastic opportunity to study @MATVGlasgow for FREE at Glasgow Caledonian University #GCU. Discover scholarships from BBC Scotland, Larkhall Productions and Warner Bros among others – ideal if you’re hoping to study screenwriting.

Deadline: Friday 1 June

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THE READER: SUMMER 2018 RETREATS

This year, The Reader writing retreat will be heading to the hilltop village of Pinakates for two weeks of intensive writing practice in the midst of an inspirational landscape. They’re taking over a gorgeous family-run guesthouse with two experienced tutors on hand to guide you: expressive-writing expert and Pelion native Dimitra Didangelou and the ever-popular Jane Flett, who’s taking a break from her sold-out Berlin courses to bring her teaching to warmer climes.

Dates: 14 – 20 June + 20 – 26 June

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V.S. PRITCHETT SHORT STORY PRIZE

The Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize for unpublished stories is now open for entries. There is a prize of £1,000, and the winning entry will be published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review. Stories must be written in English and between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Entrants must be resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth. This year’s judges are: Tibor Fischer, Irenosen Okojie and Leone Ross.

Deadline: Friday 29 June

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July

AUTUMN VOICES OVER 70 POETRY COMPETITION

This poetry competition offers a first prize of £250 pounds and will be adjudicated by the poet A.C. Clarke who lives in Glasgow and is a member of Scottish PEN. She has had nine books and pamphlets of poems published to date, two as a result of winning competitions. It is part of the Autumn Voices Project which aims to promote and discuss creativity in later life.

Deadline: Monday 30 July

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August

GET STARTED WRITING WORKSHOP WITH CLAIRE WINGFIELD

A half-day workshop in Dunfermline Carnegie Library (Queen Margaret Room). You may have a new project or be entirely new to writing. This is a chance to test out your ideas in a supportive environment. We will also discuss aspects of the writers’ craft such as Point of View, dialogue, setting and character as best suits the needs of the group.

Workshop: Sunday 5 August, 12:00 – 16:00

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AESTHETICA CREATIVE WRITING AWARD 2018

Entries are open for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018. Celebrating excellence in contemporary writing and new work, the Creative Writing Award is a platform for emerging or established poets and writers to showcase their work to an international audience.The award has two categories for entry; Poetry and Short Fiction, and there are no limitations on themes or subject matters. Works previously published are also accepted.

Deadline: Friday 31 August

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Ongoing Opportunities

COMISSION GRANTS: THE GAELIC BOOK COUNCIL

The Gaelic Books Council offers assistance to authors who wish to write in Scottish Gaelic. Priority is given to writers who have a publishing agreement in place, as well as to projects that contain a high percentage of Scottish Gaelic content. They support a wide variety of literary genres, and are open to applications in support of digital titles and other formats, as well as traditional printed books.

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LIMINAL RESIDENCY ALTERNATIVE WRITING RETREAT

The Liminal Residency is a series of alternative writers' retreats which take place in neglected and unusual spaces. Most ordinary retreats and residencies depend on isolation and the removal of distractions. The Liminal Residency depends on lived experience, random chance and shared adventure.

If you’re interested in attending a Residency, please get in touch with a bit about yourself and your work. You can specify an interest in a particular Residency, or make a general application.

Deadline: Rolling

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MASTERCLASS - TEXT INTO PERFORMANCE

Anita Govan, Performance poet, Teaching Artist & Co-founder of Scottish Youth Poetry Slam, offers sessions with individual, constructive feedback on ‘text in performance’. Giving tips and tricks on how to tackle blocks and confidence issues, through to practical voice & performance exercises.

Former Stirling Makar (2012-15) with thirty years of experience behind her in the creative industries (inc. drama, directing & producing), across Scotland.  Anita has trained internationally with Keith Johnstone (Canada 2000) Goat Island Performance Company (Chicago) and performed at Glastonbury and the Nuyorician (New York).

Rates: £50 – ½ day up to 3 hrs, 4 spots per session (for individuals or shows, quotes available).

For more details or to sign up to the waiting list contact: anitagovan@gmail.com

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READING, EDITORIAL AND TUITION SERVICES WITH HELEN BODEN

Writer, editor and experienced arts educator Helen offers the following services for individuals:

Editing and reading - including manuscript appraisal, development editing and proof-reading; student essay and dissertation reading

Tuition and mentoring – from a couple of meetings or conversations to a longer-term programme involving regular submission of work and critique

If you are looking for an objective, professional assessment of your writing, I provide a customised and client-focused approach. We develop a schedule that reflects the client’s needs and is appropriate to the nature of their project. This can include checking for clarity, flow, structure and readability. I work on poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Feedback by mark-up on electronic or hard copy can be supplemented by written reports, or given in person, by telephone or online. My guideline rates are £45ph, but this varies according to the nature of the project.

More information: contact helenboden@talktalk.net

 

THIRD THURSDAY WRITERS

Ekphrastic (using visual art as a prompt) writing group, facilitated by Helen Boden, which meets once a month in a different Edinburgh gallery or exhibition. Each two-hour workshop moves between viewing, discussion, writing, and constructive critique. We visit most of the free exhibitions at National Galleries Scotland, and have also formed relationships with Fruitmarket Gallery, City Art Centre, Talbot Rice Gallery and Dovecot Studios. Using specially-devised exercises, we respond to art-forms from a range of mediums – painting, drawing, sculpture, video, installation, print-making . . . and from all historical periods.

This supportive tutored group is suitable for all levels of experience, and meets 10.30am-12.30pm on the third Thursday of each month. £12 per session.

More information: contact helenboden@talktalk.net

 

THE ZOOKER AWARD

A new literary award that aims to encourage disadvantaged authors and reward works of social value. Single prize of £500, plus embossed certificate and featuring. Open to anyone who has published a book through Arkbound or any other publisher. 

Entries can be made between 19th May and 10th October each year.

Fee: £4.50 entry fee, unless disadvantaged (same criteria as competitions).

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SHIFT CALL FOR SHORT FORM YA SUBMISSIONS

Shift are searching for original fiction and non-fiction for their next and future issues! Fiction and non-fiction submissions welcome. Your piece should be suitable for a YA audience.

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STORIES FROM THE OCD COMMUNITY

The International OCD Foundation is looking for insightful, compelling stories from those living with OCD or a related disorder, their family/friends, researchers, and medical professionals. Stories should be 1000 words or less and IOCDF publish one per month.

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FIGMENT CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS, FEEDBACK SESSIONS, AND MASTERCLASSES

Join Figment for their Workshops: for those who enjoy writing fiction, autobiography, travel writing, short stories and poetry; Thursday evenings Feedback Sessions for more experienced writers simply seeking feedback on their work; and Masterclasses: Monthly workshops on specific themes. These offer advice, discussion, writing activities and inspiration that aims to support and enthuse your future writing trajectory. Based in Stirling.

More Information or email laura@figmentcreativity.co.uk for details

 

LAGANDORAIN ART RESIDENCY

Enjoying the company of artists and writers as I do, I’m aware of the challenges and compromises they endure in the pursuit of their art. Everyday life can crowd out the creative impulse and focus that so often depends upon quiet reflection and the opportunity for experimentation. Time is precious and there is no shortcut.

That is why I offer month long residencies. It strikes me as a useful amount of time to focus upon ones work and be able to achieve some sort of development or result. It also allows the artist or writer the challenge and fruitfulness of the sheer physicality of life on Iona in the winter. It can be hard, and you are often thrown back on your own resources.

Whilst no theme is specified for the residencies, successful applicants will be expected to reflect some aspect of Iona and an awareness of environmental issues and sustainability in their finished work.

Accommodation is in the Bothy with toilet and kitchen facilities available in the Hostel nearby, or, in the Hostel itself. The Byre (30’ x 15’) will be available as a large studio space. Applicants are asked to submit photographs or details of their recent work and to write a short statement on how they would intend to use their time on Iona. Diversity is welcomed. 

Fee: £750.00 for the four week period (28 days) and to confirm reservations I require a non-refundable deposit of 50%.  Logs for the Byre cost £5.00 per basket.

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NATIONAL SCRIPT READING SERVICE

Written a play but don't know how to take the first step?

Our free script reading service provides an opportunity for Scotland's writers to receive valuable script feedback from theatre professionals. Plays are read anonymously and extensive script reports provided by experienced practitioners in playwriting, directing, producing or dramaturgy. The feedback about these new plays is then made available to the artistic directors of our partner organisations.

What plays are eligible?

  • Plays by writers who are Scottish or based in Scotland
  • Plays that have not been produced
  • Plays for live performance (not TV, film or radio scripts)
  • All genre of plays except musicals
  • Plays that have not previously been submitted
  • Plays submitted must be 40 pages or more in length.

We are only able to consider one play per writer, per year.

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TWEET YOUR PITCH TO CURTIS BROWN

Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh are to host a series of one-day new writing events on Twitter this summer.

The literary agency, which runs Curtis Brown Creative (and which completed its purchase of Conville & Walsh earlier this year), is inviting unpublished writers to tweet one-line pitches for their work, using the hashtag #PitchCB.  Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh agents will invite their favourite tweeters to submit directly via the agency's submissions portal, www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk.

Hosted by Rebecca Ritchie and Richard Pike, the #PitchCB events will be open to all unpublished writers and will be held on the fourth Friday of each month, beginning Friday 24th July.

Date: On the 4th Friday of every month from 24 July 2015

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THE WEEKEND READ

The Weekend Read will publish outstanding fiction by women every Friday. We’ll feature prize-winning stories, stories from published collections and brand new work by established authors as well as showcasing new, emerging voices from across the globe. Read online, or listen to our podcast.

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A CALL FOR CHILDRENS FICTION FROM DEBUT BAME WRITERS (NOSY CROW)

I think that it’s incredibly important that our industry represents a wide range of voices, not only so that children from every background can recognise their own lives and experiences in the books that they read, but also simply to enrich the body of children’s literature that we publish, by moving out of a monoculture and embracing a wider world of ideas.

I’m posting this open call for children’s fiction submissions (so, anything in the 5 – 12 age range, but I’d be especially interested in 9 – 12, aka “middle grade”) from BAME writers. I’m very happy to receive submissions from agented and un-agented authors – and although I’d particularly like to see children’s fiction submissions from debut writers, if you’ve already been published, I’d still be very pleased to hear from you!

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GET ON TRACK IN 2017: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING FOR WRITERS WITH CREATIVE COACH PHILIPPA JOHNSTON

Are you keen to make 2017 your year for moving forward as a writer? I work with writers in Scotland and further afield, helping them to define and prioritize their goals, explore options and then map out a plan of action. I offer two one-to-one services: Professional Development Planning which consists of one (or sometimes two) face-to-face two-hour sessions and Coaching which is available by Skype or telephone (or face-to-face, location permitting) and comprises five or more one-hour sessions. (Some writers like to combine the two services and have a PDP session followed by a coaching series.) I’m an accredited coach and my coaching practice is informed by my work specialising in writer development with NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) and my 30 years of experience working in the arts sector in Scotland and England. I also offer Application Guidance, detailed advice on how to make your application for an award or funding the best it can be, drawing on my extensive experience as a funding assessor and applicant.

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COMPLETE BOOK MARKETING TOOLKIT

This is an online course for anyone who would like to create a clear and comprehensive strategy to reach more readers.

It includes professional feedback on your author website and social media accounts as well as dedicated support to help you come up with an effective and achievable marketing plan. 

The course is run by experienced literary consultant Claire Wingfield, who is on hand to guide and support you throughout.

The marketing toolkit can be undertaken at your own pace, and gives you access to a supportive Facebook group upon completion, where Claire will continue to share updates to the course and new ways to sell more books.

Fees: Usually £329, but Claire is offering a £50 discount for participants via Scottish Book Trust using the code FRIEND 50.      

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WEEKLY CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES

Join like-minded wordsmiths to share ideas, work in progress and receive useful tips. The classes are suitable regardless of whether it is the first time you have put pen to paper, or you have been scribing away for years. Age 16 years+. These classes run broadly in line with the school terms and will finish mid-July.  

  • Mondays: 5.30pm – 7.00pm at Airdrie Library
  • Mondays: 6.30pm – 8.00pm at Chryston Cultural Centre
  • Wednesday: 1.00pm – 3.00pm at Bellshill Cultural Centre

Fee: £5.00/Concession £4.50

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