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Labs: Practical workshops for writers

Twice yearly lab workshops to hone skills and gain new insights into the nuts, bolts and business of writing.

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Labs are:

Previous Labs have covered areas like Marketing Your Work, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Illustration and Writing for Radio.

We have worked with partners including BBC Scotland; Playwrights' Studio, Scotland; Dundee University and Literary Dundee.

Industry Lab: Writing for children

Applications are currently open for our online lab aimed at professional and emerging writers working on writing for children. Find out more about the upcoming workshops and apply to take part.

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You can also check out our industry lab resources for brilliant videos and articles on a range of topics aimed at professional and freelance writers.

Who can apply?

There are currently no labs open for applications.

You can apply if you:

You do not need to be registered on the Live Literature database to apply, so long as you meet the criteria. Students are not eligible for our labs.

Equality and Diversity

Scottish Book Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us monitor how well we’re doing, entrants will be asked to fill in a short Equalities and Diversity survey before completing a New Writers Award application form. The answers will be completely confidential, stored anonymously, separate to your application and not accessible by the judges.

Comments from participants

"Thank you for a great two days! The Lab was terrific – I was surprised and delighted to get a place on it and every part of it was very well presented and useful. It has given me some great ideas and, of course, it’s great to get such extended opportunities to chat to fellow writers and industry professionals."

"This was an absolutely invaluable five days. I have learned loads, and feel much more equipped to do the job I love so much. Thank you!!"

"I was thoroughly impressed by the depth of topics covered, the enthusiasm and encouragement of the speakers and how much I learned."