This lab is aimed at professional writers working in prose, poetry, narrative non-fiction and children's writing. It will introduce you to a variety of different ways to navigate and make the most of digital events and opportunities that come your way.
Developed in response to the recent rise in online events, this lab will help writers adapt existing practice, gather new ideas, share skills and experience with their peers and incorporate digital events into their portfolio.
You will be part of a small group of 12 selected writers. You will work with industry professionals, expert guest speakers and our experienced Writing Communities team.
These workshops will take place online via Zoom, with additional resources on our website.
On the week commencing 19 April, there will be two live 90-minute workshops taking place via Zoom over lunchtime (participants will be asked to choose one to attend):
- Digital Events and Workshops for Young People with author Vashti Hardy and Scottish Book Trust School Communities Events Manager Tom Jefferson and School Communities Events Co-ordinator Fraser Napier. This event will take place on Monday 19 April from 12.30–2.00pm.
- Digital Literary Events and Workshops for Adults with poet and author Nadine Aisha Jassat and Scottish Book Trust Reading Communities Manager, Nyla Ahmad. This event will take place on Tuesday 20 April from 12.30–2.00pm.
The following networking and feedback sessions will also be available to all participants:
- Networking session facilitated by Scottish Book Trust on Friday 23 April, 12.30–2pm.
- 1-2-1 feedback session: Attendees will be invited to submit an event plan for feedback after the lab. We will hold separate reflection and feedback sessions on event plans in May.
There will be insight from both event organisers and professional authors as well as discussion of the future of events, such as blended in-person and digital models.
The events will be captioned. Please email us at email@example.com(this will open in a new window) if you require BSL interpretation, or if there is another way we can make this event more accessible for you.
Who is eligible to apply?
Applications for this Industry Lab are now closed. This page is for information only.
To apply for the lab, you must:
- Live and work in Scotland
- Be over the age of 18
- Be a practising writer and meet the eligibility criteria for the Live Literature Author Directory
- Be able to attend the live workshops
You do not need to be registered on the Live Literature database to apply, so long as you meet the criteria.
Applicants who have not followed the application guidelines may not be considered.