Industry Lab: Writing for children

  • Professional Development
  • Scotland
  • 08/10/2021
  • Professional Development
  • Scotland
  • 08/10/2021

Website Scottish Book Trust

This lab is aimed at professional and emerging writers working on writing for children around the 8-12-year-old bracket (also known as Middle Grade Fiction or Middle Fiction). It will provide help and resources for anyone writing for, or hoping to write for, young readers.

We are working in partnership with the Scottish BAME Writers Network  on this lab. We will reserve at least half of the spaces for writers based in Scotland who are Black/from the African diaspora, Brown, Asian, or identify as People of Colour, including people of mixed heritage.

You will be part of a small group of selected writers and will work with industry professionals, expert guest speakers and our experienced Writing Communities team.

There will be two workshops on the week commencing 18 October 2021. You will be asked to choose which workshop you’d most like to attend. You can also let us know if you would be interested in attending any of the other workshops on offer. We will prioritise your first choice of workshop, any additional workshops will be dependent on availability. We will also offer an optional online social session and additional resources on our website.

There will also be a follow up pitching task and a feedback session in early November. Participants should commit to one workshop date and the pitching session, however we may be able to arrange email feedback on your pitch as an alternative option. Please get in touch if you have any questions about the sessions.

Writing Contemporary Fiction: Thursday 21 October, 12.30–2.00pm led by Maisie Chan

Writing Historical Fiction: Wednesday 20 October, 12.30–2.00pm led by A.M. Howell

Online social session (optional): Friday 22 October, 12.30–2.00pm this is a chance to drop in and chat to each other

Pitching task and feedback session Friday 12 November, 12.30-2.00pm you will be asked to create a pitch for your book. The session will involve an opportunity to pitch and receive feedback from a panel of industry professionals. The panel will include:

Eishar Brar – Editorial Director, Knights Of
Tom Bonnick – Senior Commissioning Editor, Nosy Crow
Tilda Johnson – Freelance fiction editor and Co-founder of Children’s Books North

Online, via Zoom and with additional resources available on our website.

There will be insight from professional authors, publishers, editors and booksellers across the workshops and resources.

Please email us at if you require live captioning, BSL interpretation, or if there is another way we can make this event more accessible for you.

How to apply
Applications are open until Friday 8 October, midday.

Apply via our short online application form.

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Who is eligible to apply?
To apply for the lab, you must:

– Live and work in Scotland
– Be over the age of 18
– Be able to attend the live workshops
– Participants from previous Scottish Book Trust programmes are also welcome to apply, including Industry Labs and the New Writers Awards(this will open in a new window).

Applicants who have not followed the application guidelines may not be considered.

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