Apply for the What’s Your Story? Development Programme 2017

Apply to join the What’s Your Story? Development Programme 2017! (Gàidhlig)

Are you 14-17 years old, living in Scotland, and care about creative writing and illustration?

  • Do you want to meet other teens interested in creative writing and illustration?
  • Do you want to improve your own skills?
  • Do you want to explore Scotland’s literary community?
  • Do you want to help create events and resources for other teens?
  • Do you want to show Scotland that teenagers make brilliant creative work?

If this sounds like you, read on to find out more about our What’s Your Story? Development Programme 2017 and how to apply! It’s free to apply and to take part. Applications remain open for a young writer, poet or illustrator working in Gaelic until Tuesday 31st January 2017.

For 2017 we will be selecting seven teenagers from around Scotland to join the What’s Your Story? Development Programme. Thanks to our friends at The Gaelic Books Council there will be one place especially for a Gaelic language applicant, but no matter what language you work in you are welcome to apply so long as you are aged 14-17 and you live in Scotland.

Our programme is all about encouraging, supporting and celebrating teenage creators by helping you to access professional support and opportunities that it is hard to get anywhere else. Last year’s squad inspired and helped to build our Online Magazine, received professional mentoring, planned and hosted StoryCon for nearly 200 teenagers, and have had their work showcased in the launch issue of our magazine.

And here’s our plan for 2017!

  1. Winter: Teens in Residence…

…with National Library of Scotland! Come to Edinburgh on Feb 3 – Feb 4 and explore the archives in a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with this incredible library and get inspired to create your own work during the programme.

  1. Spring – Summer: Professional Mentoring

You will be mentored by a professional working in the creative form of your choice. Last year’s mentors included a graphic novelist, a screenwriter, novelists and poets; this year’s mentors will be chosen specifically for you.

  1. Spring: Creative Retreat

On March 17 – 19 the teens, mentors and Scottish Book Trust will travel to beautiful Moniack Mhor in the Highlands for a weekend of discovery, creativity and team-building.

  1. Summer: Plan StoryCon 2017

StoryCon is Scotland’s biggest creative writing and illustration conference for 13-19 year olds. Decide the workshops, invite guest speakers, plan the day and help host over 100 teens!

  1. Autumn: Your Showcase

You’ll showcase or perform the work you and your mentor have developed in a celebratory event in Autumn 2017!

Sound good? If you can commit to working hard on your own creative development, and you care about improving things for other teenage writers & illustrators in Scotland, we hope you will apply to join us! It’s free to apply and take part, with all of your costs covered by us.

Read our FAQs  and then click below to apply.

Deadline for non-language specific spaces has passed.

Deadline for Gaelic Applications is Jan 31st at midnight.



Programme Info

What’s Your Story? was created by Scottish Book Trust as part of Time to Shine in 2015. It is a Scotland-wide programme of support for teenage writers & illustrators – led by teens, for teens.

What’s Your Story? gives free support to all 13–19-year-old writers and illustrators in Scotland. We champion, showcase and encourage teenage creative efforts in literature, whatever form these efforts take. What’s Your Story? is run by Scottish Book Trust, and has been created with the help and advice of teen writers and illustrators.

For 2017 What’s Your Story? is generously funded by Creative Scotland, and supported by our partners: National Library of Scotland who are supporting our Teens in Residence project, Neu!Reekie who are supporting our autumn showcase event, and The Gaelic Books Council who are supporting a Gaelic-language place on our programme.