What's Your Story? 2015-16 Participants
The pilot year of What’s Your Story? ran from November 2015 to June 2016, and we found ten teenage participants - our Rookies - to help us create some groundbreaking resources for other young writers as well the opportunity to work on their own writing with support from mentors. To be chosen, they each had to:
- Show us that they are passionate about creative writing and illustration.
- Tell us why creative writing and illustration should be part of the lives of teenagers.
- Be ready to help us create resources and opportunities, so that more young people can get engaged with Scotland’s literary culture and creative writing industries.
We’re delighted to introduce our first batch of Rookies, a wonderful selection of writers and illustrators, in their own words:
You can also check out the 2015-16 mentors.
Location: Milton in West Dunbartonshire
Speciality: Graphic Novel Writing & Illustration
Why Caitlyn’s here: There are not a lot of opportunities for young creative people so we don't often get to meet and interact with each other. Interacting with the other teens and the industry professionals will be very valuable in learning more about myself as a creative person.
Location: Nairn in Highlands
Speciality: Life Stories and Creative Non-Fiction Writing
Why Sarah’s here: If anything it will encourage me to write more, because it will help me believe me work means something and is at least good. I think people will see my work as more than just a "hobby", they'll hopefully see it as something I have great passion for.
Location: Joppa in Edinburgh
Why Anni’s here: I think it would be really great to help create the digital platform - I know I can struggle to create things sometimes and I can't be the only one, so to have a platform which offers guidance to teen writers on such a wide scale, I think that's fantastic and it will be really beneficial.
Location: Liberton in Edinburgh
Specialty: Gaelic Poetry
Why Mikaela’s here: Although I'm very passionate about writing, I still have to completely find my own voice and I think this programme would help me get in touch with it and find my own niche. I'm also very keen to meet other teenagers who have similar interests as I think this would help me grow more confident in writing.
Location: Gordon in Scottish Borders
Why Leonine’s here: I know I will take advantage of every moment and try to grow, both as a person and creatively, so hopefully one day I can create my own stories, through whatever medium, and to perhaps inspire other young people into creating powerful and wonderful pieces of writing.
Erin Morrissey Gillman
Location: Newport-on-Tay in Fife
Why Erin’s here: I am so keen to share my ideas with passionately creative people. I want to encourage as many young people as possible to write as it has always been a very enjoyable and often cathartic experience for me. I would love to expand on what I know and to share ideas with similarly minded people.
Location: Tayvallich in Argyll
Speciality: Novel and Short Story Writing
Why Katie’s here: I want to create and learn how to create and hope to eventually be able to create things that can alter perspectives and change hearts. I would love to be a part of something that can inspire other passionate people to do this too. Also I think it all sounds like a fantastic adventure and great fun... Something to write about.
Location: Nairn in Highlands
Speciality: Novel writing
Why Finn’s here: I feel like - in my experience - wanting to be a writer is a laughable idea for most teenagers. I would like to see this changed to show people that creativity is a good thing and should be encouraged; reaching out to young writers is the best way to do this.
Location: Cove Bay in Aberdeenshire
Speciality: Travelogue and Creative Non-Fiction Writing
Why Ribh’s here: As well as learning about writing I would look forward to helping decide what happens at the Young Writers Conference 2016 as I love organising and researching and coming up with new ideas and if I had this opportunity then I could do all that for my favourite hobby and passion in the world – writing.
Location: Tobermory on Mull
Speciality: Short Story Writing
Why Scott’s here: Seeing others who enjoy writing just as much as I do would be all the motivation I could need. Learning more about myself is particularly exciting because I won't only find out about other people's creativity I can also find my own and go beyond the limits I have set myself.