Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve tried to answer all the questions you might have about the 2020 edition of StoryCon. If we have missed anything and you want to talk to someone please email email@example.com
Why are we doing an online StoryCon?
We want to keep StoryCon going, even though we can’t put on an event in person due to COVID-19. We want to make sure that you can have the same access to writing workshops and content that usually would, but from the safety of your own home!
How can I book?
You can book tickets for this year’s StoryCon through EventBrite. Once you have booked your workshops, you will receive an email just before the workshop that will provide you a link Zoom.
What is the deadline for booking?
The deadline for StoryCon 2020 is 5pm on Wednesday 17 June so book now to avoid missing out.
How long is StoryCon?
StoryCon will run June 18-19 from 11am to approximately 3:30pm each day. You can sign up for as many workshops as you want throughout the day.
What platform will StoryCon use?
We will be using Zoom, which allows you to watch using a laptop, computer, tablet or phone. You can access through a browser or download an app.
Will I need a webcam?
No, we will not be enabling webcams or microphones for any participant. You will be given a chance to ask questions through the chat function during the workshop.
How are you keeping audience members safe?
The event will be moderated by Scottish Book Trust Staff members. We will not hesitate to remove anyone who uses rude, abusive or discriminatory language in the discussion. Please make sure you are respectful to other at all times.
Do I need to attend every workshop during a day?
Not necessarily, but we ask that you log in and set yourself up for your workshops with plenty of time so that we keep disruption to a minimum.
What are the workshops for this year’s StoryCon?
Workshops this year range from editing your work, How to write plots that work, writing in ‘your’ voice to worldbuilding & fantasy. You can see a full workshop programme for the day here.
When do I get to choose my workshops for StoryCon?
Once you register for tickets you will receive an email from Eventbrite with a link to book on to the workshops of your choice.
All of our workshops are designed and delivered by creative professionals who can’t wait to work with you! You’ll have a brilliant time, whatever workshops you go to.
What will the content of the videos be?
During StoryCon will we be posting videos onto social media and our YouTube channel. These video are designed to be bite sized taster sessions, giving everyone a chance to try something new. Maybe you’ve never thought about writing a play. Maybe you don’t know anything about comics. That’s absolutely fine. These videos will give you a chance to try something fun and new in your own time.
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 take part in 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?
We appreciate that this is an unusual situation, and some people might need additional support at this time. We do our best to make sure that you can attend. Please let us know what support you need. If you wish to speak to someone before you book, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.