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Retreats, workshops, classes and funding

Sometimes we need a helping hand with our writing, be it a structured retreat or financial assistance. Here you can find programmes and one-off classes for professionals and novices alike.

We curate this list but don't run the opportunities listed. This is not a complete list of all the retreats, workshops and classes in Scotland.

You might also want to look into our support programmes for writers; the New Writers Award, Ignite Fellowship and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. If you're under 18, why not check out What's Your Story?

Due to Coronavirus more retreats and residencies are moving online. We have compiled a list of these here(this will open in a new window).

Writing retreats and residencies

Regular retreats/residencies

Cove Park - Argyll and Bute

Writers' HQ - Edinburgh and Glasgow - monthly

Angela Locke - Iona

Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre - Highlands

Liminal Residency - rolling deadline

WordPath Scotland

Write South West Scotland

Workshops and classes

Regular events

Writing Groups across Scotland

Third Thursday Writers - Edinburgh - monthly

Fundamental Conduit - Paisley - fortnightly

Scottish BPOC Writers Network

Beyond Form

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Janis Mackay

One-off events

Kelso Writers' - Research for Fiction and Memoirs

Aberdeen Creative Writing Workshops

Other events

page one mentoring scheme - Johnson & Alcock

Julia Donaldson: Writing Children's Picture Books

HarperCollins Academy

Writing Yourself and Others


You can find funding and resources for writers during the Coronavirus pandemic here(this will open in a new window).

Ongoing Funding

Creative Scotland

The Gaelic Books Council commission grants

Scottish Books International: travel fund

Society of Authors: Grants

Royal Literary Fund


Poet's Hardship Fund

The Touring Network