Support announced for Published Writers

Support announced for Published Writers

September 21, 2015

Scottish Book Trust has announced a unique opportunity for four published writers who live and work in Scotland to receive intensive support with their current project.

The successful applicants will be paired with a mentor, either a writer or another industry professional, for nine months of comprehensive support. Previous mentors include Bernard MacLaverty, Beatrice Colin, Alan Bissett, Andrew Crumey and agent Kathryn Ross.

Caitrin Armstrong, Head of Writer Development at Scottish Book Trust, said, “People often assume that when a writer gets their first publication deal, all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place but the reality is very different.

“A published writer will face many challenges, and even the most skilled and experienced can benefit from a helping hand, particularly when taking a different direction with their writing. Mentoring provides the time, space and expertise to allow you to be the best writer you possibly can.”

Applications for any writing project are accepted as long as the application has a substantial amount of work completed. Examples include:

  • A novelist working on playwriting
  • A graphic novelist working on a screenplay
  • An illustrator writing on a first novel
  • A non-fiction writer working on children’s fiction
  • A Gaelic writer working in English

Applicants can apply if they meet the criteria for the Live Literature Database. You do not need to be listed on the database to apply but you should meet the criteria at the time of making your application. The deadline for applications is midday on Wednesday 28 October, 2015. More information is available at the Scottish Book Trust website.

Scottish Book Trust
A national literary charity based in Edinburgh, the Scottish Book Trust changes lives across Scotland through reading and writing, inspiring readers and writers and creating the country’s first national celebration of books and reading, Book Week Scotland. See Edinburgh events coming up this year here.