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SWC Writing Challenge 2016: ‘Be Inspired to Write’

By 04/01/2016December 11th, 2018No Comments


“Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps

only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots

in their contribution to mankind.”

  •  – Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister.

 ‘Be Inspired to Write’

 The Scottish Writers’ Centre

Responds to 

2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

2016 has been designated as a year in which Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture, and design will be showcased and celebrated with a programme of activity aimed at supporting and driving the nation’s tourism and events sector.

Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture, and Design in 2016 will be led by VisitScotland and partners including Architecture + Design Scotland, National Museums Scotland, Festival of Architecture 2016 and V&A Museum of Design Dundee.

From cutting-edge technology to textiles, architecture and craft, Scotland boasts an outstanding heritage and contemporary practice which continues to inspire audiences across the globe.

The Scottish Writers’ Centre is responding to 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design by asking Scotland to ‘Be Inspired to Write.’  To sum up the SWC 2016 Writing Challenge:  12 pieces of writing on 12 different topics over 12 months.

We’re inviting you to write 12 works in any genre on 12 topics written over 12 months.  Themes should relate to Scottish Innovation, Architecture and Design and  is open to interpretation.  It’s a doable challenge to provide structure to your writing in 2016.   There are no rules only a sprinkling of inspiration.   Shake it all up any way you like.  Are you in?  Ready?  Get started it’s 2016.  Happy New Writing.

Writing Prompts to get you started:

The following writing prompts are useful tools to spark the imagination. Don’t worry about where the ideas take you or whether you’ve writing is good. The point is just to get into the flow of writing.

  • Dixon Blazes burned all night long lighting up the night sky.
  • She looked out the window, he looked sad as she watched him walk down the Royal Mile
  • We heard the rustle of taffeta from the big hall before the music started
  • It made him feel uncomfortable and he knew it was supposed to
  • She visited his grave at the Necropolis every year on his anniversary
  • Green eyes
  • He set up his stall in Paddy’s Market
  • The things she carried in her pockets
  • He saw a comet blazing through the night sky
  • The first snowfall of the year.
  • A deep shiver ran through him
  • There was a television sitting in the corner of the empty room, it was on at full volume
  • Every morning he hears the birdsong
  • Sunday’s reminds me of the smell of bacon sizzling in the pan
  • Shhh! Someone’s coming.  Did you hear that?
  • He looked at his face in the mirror and didn’t recognise the man that stared back at him
  • The whole Street was bustling with preparations
  • Her boss shouted her into the back office
  • He hated these moments of silence.
  • The garden was filled with an abundance of herbs, wild flowers, colours and smells
  • She’d have to walk all the way home alone in the dark
  • He turned the handle of a yellow door, opened it, and walked through
  • He looks like the Old man of Storr


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