Are you a writer?

Never mind if you’re embarking on your first short story or your fourteenth novel. Writers write. Just as musicians play music and artists create art.

No one dismisses a violinist because they don’t play for the London Symphony Orchestra and yet, as writers, we can feel we won't be taken seriously or even be allowed to call ourselves writers, if we haven't got a published book to back it up. And this can lead us to either give up, beaten by the rejections and rewrites, or rush something out we're not happy with.

We are so eager to get to the being a professional bit, we miss out the learning and end up trying to compete in a difficult market with half the training. Why does being published mean a writer is taken seriously, rather than them taking their writing seriously in order to have it published?

We're issuing a call to writers to take their writing seriously and learn the technique, the same way someone would learn to play an instrument or cook or figure skate. 

And, to help you get there, we're offering encouragement, advice and training through resources, courses and feedback.

Writing Resources

Our free online resources mean everyone everywhere can get help with their writing. The current highlight is our popular twelve part writing course on how to plan, write and edit a novel, starting with video number one: Playing with words. We'll be adding more resources, to inform and inspire, throughout 2017.



Writing Courses

Our programme of courses builds in stages from beginner to advanced level, using a mixture of literary theory, textual analysis, exercises and feedback. Sessions run from May to November at Edinburgh's Scottish Storytelling Centre.





Writing Feedback

We provide honest, invaluable, detailed one-on-one feedback, with a good dollop of encouragement thrown in. Our service is flexible to meet each writer’s needs and everyone starts with an introductory story assessment, so it’s not too serious too soon.