Looking for more in Writing and Authors or About Live Literature?

Apply Now: Live Literature Fully-Funded Schools Residencies

Our schools residencies programme provides a fully-funded opportunity for 10 schools a year to work with professional writers, storytellers and creators from the Live Literature directory.

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The Live Literature School Residencies programme is currently open for applications for the 2020/21 period.

The Live Literature Schools Residency programme is fully-funded opportunity for 10 schools a year to work with an author-in-residence. Find out more about schools residencies or apply below by Friday 2 October at 12 midday.

If you're applying on behalf of an ASN school, please consider applying for ASN School Residencies (if unsuccessful, your application will be automatically be considered for a Live Literature Schools Residency).

Why apply?

Schools receive:

How to apply

Who can apply?

You can apply if:

If you were awarded part-funded sessions at the January 2020 Live Literature deadline or from the Live Literature Remote Event Fund, you can still apply for a residency.

View schools awarded 2019/20 residencies

What are the panel looking for?


Will your residency ideas inspire a love of creative writing and reading? This is our main priority, so please make sure you tell us why you think working with an author will inspire your pupils and staff to write creatively this year.


We know that things don't always go to plan. Scottish Book Trust will help and support you if you need to change your plans. You will be asked to nominate a co-ordinator at your school who will lead on the project within your school and communicate with the author and Scottish Book Trust throughout.


Your project doesn't have to be fully developed or polished. We're looking for enthusiastic, committed schools who want to make the most of this funding; you can work with the author and Scottish Book Trust to refine your project's aims and structure later.

A focused approach

Show us that your project will have a lasting impact for the pupils and staff who take part. Workshops don't have to reach everyone in the school and we recommend making the most of the residency opportunity to build a relationship between a particular year group or specific classes and the author.