StoryCon Workshops

StoryCon 2020

Members of StoryBoard 2019

Our first ever all-digital StoryCon.

For StoryCon 2020 we held an all-digital event, with a variety of online talks and workshops for Scotland’s young people to take part in. 

The subjects – from poetry to plotting – were chosen by our excellent StoryBoard. The team also helped choose the professionals who led our exciting online sessions. 

All events took place over Thursday 18 and Friday 19 June. You can see the full programme on Eventbrite


Our workshops were delivered over Zoom.

  • Editing your work: Henry Bell 
  • What’s in a name/building characters: Patrice Lawrence
  • Writing dialogue: Alan Bissett
  • How to plot your work: Lucy Ribchester
  • Writing in ‘your voice’: Nadine Aisha Jassat
  • Drawn to life – how to build your worlds with illustration: Gary Erskine 
  • Worldbuilding & fantasy: PM Freestone 


We also commissioned videos with bite-sized activities, giving you a chance to try some new things in your own time! You can view these videos on our Youtube page.

  • Akemi Dawn Bowman: How to make your reader feel emotions 
  • Catherine Simpson: Reflective writing and memoir 
  • Matthew Fitt: Writing in Scots 
  • Frank Quietly: How to storyboard a comic 
  • Oliver Emanuel: Some tips on writing a play 
  • Dean Atta: Poetry Taster 
  • Juno Dawson: Researching your novel
  • Morag MacNeil: Gaelic comedy sketches
  • Tim Armstrong: Gaelic Sci-fi

How did we choose these workshops and presentations?

Each year, our StoryBoard tells us what workshops they’re most keen to bring to StoryCon and we get to work! Their unique ideas and inspirations brought us everything from how to write all things criminal to song writing workshops, and even how to start your own YouTube channel about books!

Every StoryCon workshop is delivered by a professional author, illustrator or performer who is excited to share with you the benefits of their skills and experience. You don’t need to bring any particular ideas or experiences with you, just your enthusiasm.