We've gathered together writing opportunities and workshops from places that support young people’s writing. We’re happy to share their competitions and call outs here, but we’re not affiliated with them in any way. Most of them are aimed at teenagers but we will share opportunities here that include younger age groups too.
If you know of any opportunities you’d like to be listed here please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cactus Book Group- a group for 16 - 26 year olds in the Highlands and North East who are isolated due to their health.
Me, Masel, and I: Findin Yer Ain Scots Voice- a workshsop for secondary school pupils in S4-S6 to develop their own Scots voice. Led by Thomas Clark and hosted by the National Library of Scotland.
Wirdsmit– an online workshop based in Orkney with writing prompts and activities. Aimed at 8–14 year olds.
Write with Rachel– a free series of writing workshops aimed at children and teenagers.
The Writers’ Block– online sessions for children across different age groups.
Haddington Library, East Lothian – a writing group for 14 - 18 year olds, run by Simon Brown (Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awardee) . Click on the link to email him for more details.
Central Library, Edinburgh - a writing group for 16 - 19 year olds, meeting fortnightly on Wednesdays in the Board Room at Central Library from 4 - 5.15pm. No booking needed. All abilities welcome – from keen writers to complete beginners. You’re invited to bring along a short piece of your writing, but please note that this is optional. Snacks will be provided!
Spark Education Programme– an education programme aimed at introducing teenagers to spoken word, including resources for teachers.
Scottish Youth Poetry Slam Digital Writing Group- monthly workshops with industry professionals for 14 - 17 year olds.
Young Writers' Cafe, Beauly, Highlands - monthly tutored sessions with an acclaimed writer. Open writing space (supported at all times by the team at Moniack Mhor) available outwith these sessions.
We maintain a list of spoken word and poetry nightsthroughout Scotland. Some of them welcome under eighteens.