What’s Your Story

Stories worth telling don’t only live in books, or even on paper, and creative writing definitely isn’t just something you do in school. If you’re keen to create, to share, and to gain skill as a writer or illustrator – we can’t wait to hear from you!

We’re looking for 10 young people in Scotland with stories to share and a passion for discovering how to tell them.

We’re not just talking novels and poems, we’re talking video games, blogs, fanfic, slam poetry and spoken word, TV, movies, comic books, journalism, illustration, zines, song lyrics, web serials and anything you’d like to write!

You can hear more about What’s Your Story in this interview we did with VOMO!

So, what will you actually do?

There are 10 places on our programme, running from November 2015 to June 2016, and featuring:

  • Mentoring from an industry professional who will pass on their knowledge and skills. You will work with them to make, edit and perfect your work.
  • A weekend creative retreat to beautiful Moniack Mhor.
  • The opportunity to help plan a Young Writers Conference which will be held in June 2016. You’ll decide what will happen and who to invite as speakers.
  • Helping to imagine and build an online platform that will reach out to other teen writers throughout Scotland.

What do you need to apply?

Applicants need…

  • To be aged between 14 and 17 on 28 September 2015.
  • To live in Scotland.
  • To be able to come on an awesome weekend retreat from Friday 20 November to Sunday 22 November 2015.
  • To have or make a sample of creative work to submit (see ‘Application Guidelines’ page for details).
  • If you’re under 16, you need to have your parent/carer’s permission to apply.


Who should apply?

Everyone who meets the criteria above and cares about stories, writing or illustration should apply!

We want to hear from teenagers from all over Scotland. We’re looking for people who have a story and want to tell it, and who are keen to get involved with the great things the ‘What’s Your Story?’ programme can do for them and for others.

What if you don’t work in English?

The application process is in English but your creative work sample does not have to be. Plenty of creative people in Scotland make work in other languages and everyone who meets our application criteria is welcome to apply. We will get your work translated so that we can consider it.

Gaelic applicants, please note that there is one place specifically intended for a person working in Gaelic, but that does not necessarily mean that only one person working in Gaelic will be selected.

Leugh an ro-ràdh seo ann an Gàidhlig

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