Working in Schools - Industry Lab

Working in schools can be a wonderful way for professional writers to connect with younger readers. Schools visits, events and workshops offer children the chance to experience the magic of an author visit as well as opening up a potential source of income for writers.

Love the thought of working in schools but not sure where to start when it comes to securing and planning your visit? This lab will help professional writers expand their skills and experience as they learn more about working in schools. We welcome applications from professionals working across a variety of areas including novelists, screenwriters, storytellers, spoken word artists and comic book authors.

Whether you’re completely new to events or looking for a confidence boost, the lab is packed with advice, inspiration and insight from a variety of experienced professionals. Topics covered include:

  • How to plan events and workshops
  • How to target your event
  • Reading and storytelling skills
  • Administration and relationship management with schools
  • Dealing with difficult situations, safe guarding and your responsibilities
  • Learning resources
  • Work opportunities (including Scottish Book Trust programmes)


Confirmed speakers include:

There are ten spaces available on the Lab. The lab will run over three days and participants must be available to attend throughout the duration of the Lab.

The Lab will include a mixture of practical workshops and projects and talks from experienced teachers, authors and other education professionals. The lab will include discussions, group work and individual 1-2-1 sessions. You will be required to work on tasks and get feedback throughout.  

Dates and times: Saturday 2nd, Saturday 9th and Saturday 16th September 2017 (10.00am-5.30pm each day).

Location: Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Cost: The lab is free with lunch provided. We are able to contribute up to £100 in travel expenses for each participant. If travel expenses or care obligations would be a barrier to attending the lab, please get in touch by emailing


Who is eligible to apply?

To apply for the lab, you must: 

  • Live and work in Scotland
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Be a practicing writer and meet the eligibility criteria for the Live Literature database
  • Be able to attend the Lab on the dates specified

Students are not eligible for this opportunity. Writers who are currently in receipt of Creative Scotland funding or taking part in a Writer Development programme other than Live Literature are not eligible to apply.


How to apply

You do not need to be registered on the Live Literature database to apply, so long as you meet the criteria. Download and complete the application form below and send to

The deadline for applications have been extended to Wednesday 23 August (midday).


Here’s what previous lab participants had to say:

  • 'I was thoroughly impressed by the depth of topics covered, the enthusiasm and encouragement of the speakers and how much I learned.'

  • 'I found the whole lab very positive and helpful. The staff and tutors have been a delight to work with.'

  • 'This was an absolutely invaluable five days. I have learned loads, and feel much more equipped to do the job I love so much. Thank you!'