Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve tried to answer all the questions you might have about StoryCon. If we have missed anything and you want to talk to someone please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 524 0160.
How can I book?
StoryCon will return in summer 2020 and bookings will open in April through thestoryis.co.uk website. Once you’ve filled in the online form, we’ll post you paper consent forms and workshop choice sheets to complete and send back. You MUST send them in by the deadline on the forms so we can make sure you have a space at StoryCon.
What is the deadline for booking?
The deadline for bookings for StoryCon 2020 will be announced in April 2020. Last year we booked up within just a few weeks of opening, so we recommend booking as soon as you can!
How long is StoryCon?
You should arrive at 10:00am for registration and the day will finish at 5:00pm. There will be lots of breaks and we’ll have lunch for you.
Do I need to bring my own lunch to StoryCon?
Lunch is free at StoryCon and we provide a hot pizza lunch and huge piles of fresh fruit. If you have any dietary requirements, you just need to let us know when you book your place. We can cater for all and provide alternative options if you are gluten or dairy free, vegetarian or vegan. And of course, if you would be more comfortable bringing your own lunch, we have refrigeration facilities and can keep it safe for you until lunch time.
Do I need to stay all day?
Yes. StoryCon is designed as a full-day experience, so please plan to be with us for the whole day. If you need to leave during the day for an emergency or medical reason you must let staff know. If there’s a medical or access reason that means you can’t manage a full day of StoryCon, this opportunity might not be for you, but let us know and we can see what we can arrange for you.
Can Scottish Book Trust pay for my travel costs?
We’re really sorry, but unfortunately this isn’t possible this year. Don’t give up, though! Ask teachers or other adults you know if they have any information on where you could possibly get support in funding the travel to StoryCon. Youthlink Scotland have a list of funding organisations and Young Scot might be able to offer advice, too.
Should I bring anything?
Bring a notebook and pens or pencils. You don’t need to bring anything else! The most important thing to bring to StoryCon is yourself!
What are the workshops for this year’s StoryCon?
Workshops this year range from Slam Poetry, Writing for TV, Zine-Making, Illustration, Plotting Your Novel, Editing, and Rewriting fairy tales. You can see a full workshop programme for the day here.
When do I get to choose my workshops for StoryCon?
As soon as you book your place using our online form you will be put on the list to be posted the paper consent forms and workshop booking forms. You can then select your top 3 workshops for the morning and the afternoon. You’re guaranteed to get one of your top three choices for the morning and afternoon workshop sessions and you’ll find out on the day which ones you have. All of our workshops are designed and delivered by creative professionals who can’t wait to work with you, so don’t worry! You’ll have a brilliant time, whatever workshops you go to.
Do I need to have a story idea before I come to StoryCon?
Not at all. StoryCon is about learning new skills, discovering new ideas and meeting other teens who love creative writing and illustration just like you. If you have ideas for stories you want to tell, that’s fabulous and you’ll be able to ask our workshop leaders specific questions about your ideas, but all you need to bring is yourself.
I’m not 13 yet! Can I come to StoryCon?
Sorry, no! Firstly StoryCon is an environment full of teenagers who are free to be teenagers. Secondly StoryCon is pitched at over 13s, it is a very busy schedule with creatively demanding and engaging workshops, panels and ideas. Please wait until you’re 13, and sign up then – because you’ll see exactly what we mean. In the meantime, check out Scottish Book Trust’s Young Writers Opportunity Pages for writing & illustration opportunities to suit your age and circumstances.
I think I need some extra support to come to StoryCon. Can you help me to take part?
StoryCon is for any and all teens in Scotland who want to learn more and have fun with creative writing and illustration. We do our best to make sure that you can attend. Please let us know what support you need, and we can advise you on which workshops may be more accessible to you, and how we can set aside space, resources and personal help from StoryCon’s staff to assist you in taking part as fully as you can.
You can let us know what support you need in the booking form, or if you wish to speak to someone before you book, you can email Helena.email@example.com or call 0131 524 0160.
My parent or carer wants to come with me to StoryCon, can they come?
It depends. If you need somebody with you in order to access StoryCon, for instance, an interpreter, guide or extra-support, let us know and we will help to arrange that, no problems.
However, we discourage parent/carers attending otherwise. The heart of StoryCon is about teens meeting each other, discovering new stuff together, and getting to enjoy being a part of your teen literary community.
Don’t worry if you’re quite shy or you’re anxious about coming on your own, we always have a chill out space for people who like a bit of quiet, as well as the louder spaces for people keen on a big chat. A lot of our attendees come on their own, and quickly found lots to talk about and enjoy with their fellow attendees. Everyone who comes to StoryCon loves stories and creating things, and it’s a really welcoming place to spend time, have new conversations and make new friends. (Or just be left in peace to focus on the workshops and your own ideas, if that’s what you prefer.)
If you’re being brought to StoryCon by somebody who’d like to stay nearby in case you need them, we’ll have a waiting area downstairs that’ll be open for an hour around start and finish times of StoryCon. Of course, they could also walk over to Glasgow City Centre for the day and still only be a few minutes away if needed.
What if I am a young carer or parent myself?
If you are a young carer or parent and want to come, get in touch with us about how we can help you to access StoryCon.
I’m a teacher or librarian, can I bring a group of teens to StoryCon?
We’ll be delighted to see you if you’re delivering your group of keen teens to us, but as with the question above, we want our attendees to have time with just their peers unless there’s a medical or access reason not to do this. Get in touch about how we can help make this happen, and get ready to spend a fun day out in Glasgow while your group has a great day with us at StoryCon.
Who wrote these FAQs?
Scottish Book Trust’s Young Writers Programme Manager, Nicole, wrote the first version with help from the What’s Your Story? Rookies of 2016-17. Additional FAQs were given by the What’s Your Story? Rookies of 2017-18, who planned and hosted StoryCon 2018!