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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 and Ignite Fellowship.

Due to Coronavirus more retreats and residencies are moving online. We have compiled a list of these here(this link 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

Dalnaglar - near Blairgowrie

Blackhouse Forest Estate

Kalewater Cottage Creative Retreat

One off retreats and workshops

Inkandescent - The Short Story for Beginners

Case Closed - Spread the Word and C&W Literary Agency

Back to Basics - Intensive residency program in Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Back to Basics: Kickstart Your Novel

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

Kelso Writers' Workshop

Other events

page one mentoring scheme - Johnson & Alcock


You can find funding and resources for writers during the Coronavirus pandemic here(this link 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