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Mentoring - How to Apply

Applications are now closed and will reopen in early summer 2017.

Am I eligible for the Mentoring Programme?

  • You are an aspiring or emerging playwright living in Scotland, or from Scotland and living elsewhere
  • You have a particular play you hope to develop through mentoring
  • You are not a student in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week) at the start of the Mentoring Programme. Applications may be considered from individuals who are working at a professional level within the arts and film sector or undertaking a part-time course of study, however, this will depend on how it relates to your course
  • You will be available from mid-January for six months to work on your script regularly during monthly meetings (totalling about eight days)

Is the Mentoring Programme right for me?

Mentoring is geared towards aspiring and emerging playwrights who might have one or more of the following:

  • very little, if any, playwriting experience
  • experience in other areas of creative writing
  • some experience of developing their work in a workshop environment, through rehearsed readings or working with others to improve their skills
  • a commitment to developing their craft as playwrights 

How does the selection process work for the Mentoring Programme?

A limited number of places are available each year and we receive many more applications than we are able to support. Special attention will also be given to playwrights writing in Scots but an award cannot be guaranteed. In making our selection, the panel considers:

  • The originality and potential of your idea and your voice
  • Your commitment to developing your playwriting skills and experience
  • How Mentoring will contribute to the development of your writing
  • The most appropriate 'fit' with our mentors, and how they can best support you in developing your play, your skills and your experience 

How do I apply?

We are using Submittable to streamline our application process. If you have any difficulties using Submittable, please get in touch with us on 0141 332 4403 or at Alternatively, you can post your application to:
Mentoring, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD. If applying by post you will need to include an Equalities Monitoring Form.


Submittable will ask you to create an account (or sign in to your existing account). To create an account, you will need to fill in your name and email address and choose a password.

You will need to fill in:

  • Contact details (including name, address and mobile number)
  • A supporting statement explaining:
    - your play idea 
    - why you would like to be mentored 
    - your commitment to developing your playwriting skills and experience
  • A brief biography detailing your writing experience to date.
  • Whether you would like to write in English, Gaelic or Scots
  • Whether you would like to receive Playwrights' Studio's E-News

You will need to upload the following files (in pdf or word):

  • Two ten-page samples of your writing. Your extracts do not have to come from stage plays. (Please include synopses of the work from which the samples have come)

Equalities Monitoring

You will then be asked to provide some demographic information about yourself. This is for equalities monitoring and is anonymous. This information will be separated from your application. 

Once you have completed all questions, click the final Submit   button. You should then receive an email confirming the submission of your application.

Applications are now closed and will reopen in early summer 2017.

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