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I’m an unpublished writer, and I need help with the next steps of developing my writing career. What advice can you give me?

In terms of the development of Scottish writers, we support an agency called Scottish Book Trust. They offer a range of advice, training, awards and funding to support writers developing their craft, particularly their New Writers Awards, and their Opportunities section which lists any literature related development opportunities. Additional to the Booktrust opportunities section, you should also visit the Creative Scotland Opportunities website – an online, user-generated portal of relevant opportunities for the creative community.

Additionally The Writer’s Compass is the a resource set up by the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) and it houses all NAWE’s professional development services for writers. It brings together their professional development programme with the free information and advice services for all writers formerly offered by literaturetraining.  They aim to help writers in all genres, and at all stages in their development, to steer a course through the complexities of the writing life and build and sustain their careers.

Two more useful resources are Help I Need A Publisher, an informal blog run by award-winning Scottish writer Nicola Morgan. Full of practical advice and written with a good dose of pragmatic humour. And Publishing Scotland also produce advice on getting published also.

The Cultural Enterprise Office will be able to help you more with the professional/business development side of developing your career as a writer – as opposed to supporting the development of your writing skills.  So you should touch base with them also. They have specialist advisors for literature, as well as general information and advice about all aspects of operating as a creative professional.

Finally, you should look at online resource Youwriteon, a peer-to-peer writing community that supports writers and authors. This is a useful resources for writers to cut their teeth, test their writing and get feedback from other writers.

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