StoryCon is Back!
We’re thrilled to announce that StoryCon is returning for a second year. On June 24 & 25, in Central Glasgow, the teen writers & illustrators of What’s Your Story?, Scottish Book Trust, and a range of creative professionals will be hosting Scotland’s biggest creative writing & illustration get-together for for 13 – 19 year olds in Scotland! It’s free, lunch is provided, and so long as you’re a teenager living in Scotland with a love of creative writing or illustration – we’d love to see you there!
Where: The Prince’s Trust: Wolfson Centre, Central Glasgow, G5 9JP View on map.
When: Saturday 24 June & Sunday 25 June 2016. Register between 10.00am and 10.30am, finish at 5:00pm
Just in case you haven’t heard of us before, StoryCon is part of the What’s Your Story? Teenage Writer & Illustrator Development programme. This is our huge flagship event, engaging up to 200 teenagers who have a passion for creative writing and illustration. StoryCon is your chance to meet other teens who love the same things you do, to meet friendly professional writers and illustrators, ask lots of questions, develop your skills as writers and illustrators, and spend time as a community of young creators in a fun and welcoming environment.
You can register for StoryCon 2017 at our Booking Pages before Thurs 8 June at noon.
StoryCon has been created by teens, for teens, and is brought to you by Scottish Book Trust with the generous support of our partners and funders.
StoryCon Daily Schedule
- Registration: 10:00AM – 10:30AM
- Welcome from Scottish Book Trust & What’s Your Story teens
- Keynote Speech
- Morning Workshop
- Afternoon Workshop
- Panel: Ask a Writer
- Next Steps for Teen Creators
- Pick Up & Goodbyes: 5:00PM
We’re proud to present a range of workshops specifically requested by our teen advisers with you in mind, delivered by professional writers and illustrators who are dedicated to giving you a chance to learn, develop and have a great time.
This year’s morning workshops include…
- Spoken Word, Illustration, Writing for Film & TV, Blog Like a Pro, Zine Making and Writing for the Stage
And in the afternoon you can get stuck in to even deeper story-crafting techniques with…
- Creating Great Villains, Writing in Gaelic, Keeping the Plot, Understanding Your Narrator and Write That Fight
Attendees get to tell us their preferred workshops when booking, and we’ll do our best to book you one of your top 3.
Ask A Writer
If there’s one thing that StoryCon 2016 showed us, it’s that you guys have a lot of questions about life and work as a writer. So this year, we’re going to dedicate a whole panel to finding you answers. Each day, we will hold a Q & A session chaired by a representative from StoryCon, featuring a panel of writers from a range of backgrounds, at different sages of different writing careers.
This will be a fun and lively discussion – fueled by the questions you want answered. Don’t worry, nobody will be put on the spot – except maybe the writers! You can ask your question in advance when booking your space, or using our Question Box on the day. And if you’re feeling bold, you can put your hand up during the session. This will be a totally different experience each day, with different writers on the panel and different questions being asked. We can’t wait to find out what you teen writers and illustrators want to know at this new event for StoryCon 2017.
Feedback on StoryCon 2016
Here’re a few testimonials from last year’s teenage StoryCon attendees, to let you know what StoryCon is like:
“Normally I end up giving up eventually, but now my confidence is up high enough to actually finish my stories. It was a brilliant experience for me, and I would recommend this to all of my friends.” (StoryCon 2016 Attendee, aged 17)
“I made some good friends while at StoryCon, and its wonderful to be able to talk about our writing together and help each other out with stories.” (StoryCon 2016 Attendee, aged 13)
“StoryCon has helped me come out of my shell a bit, which is a problem most young writers face. StoryCon is a way for young people who are nervous about sharing their work for fear of being teased or called ‘weird,’ to realise there are plenty of other young people like themselves. It’s a great way to meet new people, learn to socialise, and find a place in a community. The staff are amazing, their encouragement a great aid in helping the young people of Scotland find their confidence and self-belief.” (StoryCon 2016 Attendee, aged 13)
“It was inspiring, well organised and simply awesome! I was totally exhausted at the end of it but it was so worth it because it was so much fun!” (StoryCon 2016 Attendee, aged 16)
“StoryCon has helped me realise that I, as a writer, still matter even though I’m only a teenager.” (StoryCon 2016 Attendee, aged 14)
You can register for StoryCon 2017 at our Booking Pages before Thurs 8 June at noon. We hope to see you there! 🙂