Here are some websites that I’ve found useful for both published and aspiring writers, and for those teaching creative writing. I’ll be adding more as I find them, or as people tell me about them.
Creative Scotland’s Opportunities page: This is updated regularly with everything from jobs in the creative arts (including literature), training courses, residencies, and voluntary opportunities.
Scottish Book Trust: The lead agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland, this is an essential one for writers to keep updated with. Look at the Writers and Writing page for details for schemes such as mentoring, new writers awards and screen labs. Also look at the News from the Sector pages. In addition there is information on agents and publishers, and writing tips for adults and children.
The Book Trust – The equivalent of the Scottish Book Trust for south of the border, but its website is still relevant to anyone in the UK, with helpful tips about writing and blogging and a list of short story competitions to enter.
The National Short Story Week website -Lots of useful info and tips on writing short stories, including a list of magazines to submit to.
BBC Writersroom – For aspiring scriptwriters, info on how to submit to the BBC.
Literary Dundee – For info on the Dundee Book Prize, literary salons in Dundee, New Writing Dundee and the Dundee Literary Festival.
Edinburgh City of Literature – Obviously mainly geared to writers living in Edinburgh, but some useful general info in the writers’ section.
Nicola Morgan’s website – this author’s page has a useful section on writing and publishing with lots of tips for aspiring and published writers. I have used her synopsis writing method both with my students and with my own work and have found it very successful.
Scottish Writers Centre – Glasgow based writers network with some interesting looking events. Unfortunately since I live in the back of beyond, I’ve never been to any. Anyone for starting one in Fife?
National Association of Writers in Education – The Writers Compass: You now have to subscribe to get the full range of information – but it’s a useful resource if you teach creative writing.
And some literary publications in Scotland who accept submissions from unpublished writers, (there are more on the Scottish Book Trust website, and I will add more as I come across them):