There are lots of ways to get involved with our work at Open Book, including volunteer and funded opportunities, and regular call-outs for new writing. 

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for new opportunities, or find out more below.


For online sessions, you’ll receive an Eventbrite booking confirmation email which will include a Zoom link – scroll down to the Additional Information section.

For in person sessions - please don’t attend if you are feeling unwell and remember to follow the health and safety guidelines of the venue.

Sign up to our mailing list to find out about exact dates and booking.

Mondays 10-11am weekly

National Library of Scotland Shared Reading Group


National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

Mondays 2-3pm weekly

Open Door Cafe Shared Reading Group


The Open Door Cafe, 420 Morningside Road, Edinburgh

Diluain 6:30-8pm gach mìos

Mondays 6:30-8pm monthly

Sgrìobhadh Cruthachail ann an Gàidhlig
Creative Writing in Gaelic

Book your place

Tuesdays 10-11am fortnightly

Open Shared Reading Group


Book your place

Tuesdays 1:30-2:30pm fortnightly

Dunbar Shared Reading Group


Dunbar Library, Bleachingfield Community Centre, Dunbar 

Tuesdays 5:30-7pm monthly

Carnegie Library Creative Writing Group


Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr

Tuesdays 7:30-9pm monthly

Next Chapters Creative Writing Group
(for those aged 60+ based in Dumfries & Galloway)

Book your place

Tuesday 6:30-8pm monthly

Scots Creative Writing Group

Book your place

Wednesday 9:30-11am monthly

Open Creative Writing Group

Book your place

Wednesdays 10:30-12:30pm monthly

A K Bell Library (Perth) Creative Writing Group
A K Bell Library, York Place, Perth

Wednesdays 2-4pm monthly

Eyemouth Creative Writing Group
Eyemouth Community Centre, Albert St, Eyemouth

Wednesdays 2-4pm monthly

Arbroath Creative Writing Group
Arbroath Library, Hill Terrace, Arbroath

Wednesdays 5:30-7pm monthly

Stranraer Creative Writing Group


Millennium Centre, 75 George St, Stranraer

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm monthly

Next Chapters Shared Reading Group
(for those aged 60+ based in Dumfries & Galloway)

Millennium Centre, 75 George St, Stranraer

Wednesdays 7-8:30pm weekly

Play Reading Group

Book your place

Thursdays 10-12pm monthly

Dundee Creative Writing Group
Blackness Library, Perth Road, Dundee

Thursdays 10:30-12:30pm monthly

Glasgow Women’s Library Creative Writing Group

Glasgow Women’s Library, Landressy St, Glasgow

Thursdays 10:15-11:45am monthly

Stills Gallery Creative Writing Group

Book your place

Thursdays 12-1pm monthly

Portree Shared Reading Group

Portree Community Library, Viewfield Rd, Isle of Skye

Thursdays 2-3:30pm monthly

Off the Beaten Track Creative Writing Group


Book your place

Thursdays 2-3pm monthly

Off the Beaten Track Shared Reading Group


Book your place

Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm weekly

Open Shared Reading Group

Book your place

Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm monthly

Aberfeldy Creative Writing Group Breadalbane Community Library, Crieff Road, Aberfeldy

الخمیس شھریا

Thursdays 7-8pm monthly

القراءة المشتركة باللغة العربية

Arabic Shared Reading Group

احجز مكانك

Book your place

Fridays 10-11am monthly

North Inch (Perth) Shared Reading Group North Inch Community Library, Gowans Terrace, Perth

Fridays 10-11am monthly

Troon Library Shared Reading Group

Troon Library, South Beach, Troon

Fridays 10-12pm monthly

Images + Words (Writing Inspired by Scottish Art)

Book your place

Fridays 12-1pm monthly

POC (Person of Colour) Creative Writing Group

Book your place

Fridays 2-4pm monthly

Ullapool Creative Writing Group

Ullapool Library, Mill Street, Ullapool

Saturdays 11am – 12pm monthly

Shared Reading in Scots


Book your place

Saturdays 3:30-4:30pm monthly

Carnegie Library Shared Reading Group

Carnegie Library, Main St, Ayr 

If you would like to take part in any of these sessions please book via Eventbrite using the relevant link above - places will be limited.

Funded Opportunities

Could You be an Open Book Lead Reader?

Overview   Open Book is a charity which runs accessible shared reading and creative writing sessions across Scotland for a diverse range of community and public participants, and we’re looking to start some new groups to broaden our reach.   What we’re looking for   We would like to find new places to run groups,

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Looking for a Lead Reader

Open Book is looking for a Lead Reader to support its creative programme at the Glasgow Women’s Library. Because the sessions happen in person at GWL, applicants living in the Glasgow area will be preferred over other applicants.   .       About Open Book Since March 2013 Open Book ( has run shared reading

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New Writing Sought

Open Book is seeking writing and supporting material for their Unbound programme.     Up to 12 awards of £175 each will be made for: 1) a new, previously unpublished piece of fiction or memoir of approximately 1000 words, 2) three linked writing prompts, 3) three linked discussion questions, 4) a link to two publicly-available

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Volunteer Opportunities

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To find out more about our work, get more information about our sessions or volunteer please use the form below.

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