A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland

Professional Development

A professional development programme is currently being created for 2019-2020, which focuses on the following strands:

  • International marketing and promotion
  • Funding
  • Strengthening links with education.

The sessions will be open to our members and also to the wider literature community, if space allows. Further information will be posted soon.


We commissioned our LAS Members’ Skills Survey in December 2016 with the aim of building a clear picture of our combined expertise and resource. The survey was launched on 20 February 2017 and completed by 100% of the membership.

Read the LAS Members’ Skills Survey Executive Summary

Members can read the full report in the Members’ Area.

We used the results to develop our Professional Development Strategy, which identifies opportunities for training, collaboration and networking based on evidenced need.

As part of Phase One, we organised the following overview ‘taster’ sessions of the strands identified most in demand by the membership.

  1. International promotion and market development (Thursday 23 November 2017 2.30-4pm)
  2. ‘Show Me The Money’ – developing creative funding solutions – Tuesday 27 March 2018 11am-1pm 

The sessions were delivered by an independent trainer and attendees completed a feedback form via Survey Monkey to identify 1) the specific skills on which they would like focused training and 2) their own personal knowledge level – basic, intermediate or advanced.