What's Your Story?

‘What's Your Story?’ is Scottish Book Trust’s development programme for teenage writers & illustrators in Scotland.

The What's Your Story? development programme is currently closed for applications. 

In Autumn each year we put a call out for young people who live in Scotland, who’re between 14-17 years old, and who care about creative writing and illustration in any form to join us on the What’s Your Story? Development Programme. We ask applicants to do the following:

  • 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.


Using those criteria, we select a great team of participants from around Scotland and these teens receive a comprehensive ‘crash course’ in living and working as writers and illustrators in Scotland today. This includes receiving professional creative mentoring, time away at a creative retreat, and the chance to create new opportunities such as StoryCon for their fellow teen creatives.

Applications for the What's Your Story? development programme are currently closed



What's Your Story? hosts a flagship creative writing and illustration conference open to 13–19-year-olds in Scotland. Professional writers, illustrators, poets, editors and more deliver dozens of bespoke workshops designed to increase your skills, confidence and knowledge of how to write and illustrate. StoryCon is designed and hosted by the teens of the Development Programme each year, and is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and spend time with other teens who love creative writing and illustration.

Attending StoryCon is free, and lunch is provided. StoryCon 2018 took place on the weekend of June 23 – 24 2018.


What’s Your Story? Online Magazine

What's Your Story? gives free creative writing support open to all 13–19-year-old writers and illustrators in Scotland. We champion, showcase and encourage teenage creative efforts in literature. Joining our community at What's Your Story is free for all teenagers and allows you to submit your work for professional feedback and the chance to be published in our Online Magazine.