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About Your Stories

Find out more about Scottish Book Trust's annual writing project – Your Stories – and how you can get involved

Your Stories is an annual writing project which aims to encourage all types of people to share their experiences. From those who write regularly to someone that has never written before. We believe every person has a story to tell and that telling that story is powerful. Every year we use a different theme to help people write about their lives, their way. The theme for 2022 is Scotland's Stories.

Storytelling is inherent to Scotland's national identity. The stories we tell, and who we share them with, are a fundamental part of our lives. From remembering the tales passed down to us from family, the defining moments that shaped our lives or the places, people and communities that helped us find home, stories connect us to ourselves and the people around us.

Every piece we receive is featured on our website and a handful of our favourites are included in a free book that Scottish Book Trust distribute across the country during (this will open in a new window)Book Week Scotland – our annual celebration of all things books and reading.

Share your story

Read Scotland's stories

Writing prompts, workshops and inspiration

If you're looking for inspiration to help you get started, take a look at some of our handy writing prompts, with tips and tricks to get pen to paper/fingers to keyboard!

You can also read through some of the entries already submitted to get inspired. Or, if you know you’d like to write something but aren't sure where to start, you can attend one of our free writing workshops(this will open in a new window) led by some of Scotland's most talented writers.

We have produced five sub-strands for Scotland's Stories to encourage a variety of responses. You may want to use these as inspiration for your own story.

Tales to treasure

Origin stories

Making it home

Community legends

Finding my place

Whilst maintaining the Your Stories focus on gathering stories of lived experience, these stands can very loosely and flexibly be mapped against the Scotland's Year of Stories themes:

  1. Iconic stories and storytellers
  2. New stories
  3. Scotland's people and places
  4. Local tales and legends
  5. Inspired by nature

Scotland's Stories: Community Campfires

In 2022, funding support from Scotland's Year of Stories(this will open in a new window) has allowed us to build on our existing Your Stories project. Throughout April and May, we will run Scotland's Stories: Community Campfires, a tour of story making residencies across four Scottish communities. Every person taking part in our Scotland's Stories: Community Campfires residencies will have the option to submit their stories to our Your Stories project and have their story featured on the Scottish Book Trust website.

Scotland's Stories: Community Campfires

Impact

To be able to showcase these wonderful stories and provide a platform for individuals to grow their confidence, fostering their love of reading and writing, is something we value greatly. We are incredibly lucky to receive such great support year on year, with hundreds of entries coming in from the public. The resulting collection of stories pays tribute to the variety and depth of experience of life in Scotland. You can find out more about the impact of Your Stories from a writer who was included in our 2019 collection, Blether.