I’m an unpublished writer, and I need help with the next steps of developing my writing career.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...

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 Scottish Book Trust 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.

Another useful resource is 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. Publishing Scotland also produce advice on getting published.