2018 Write Sparks 101

Applications for Write Sparks in 2018 are now open.

Selection Process: Participants will be selected via completing this application only. Successful applicants will be notified.

About Write Sparks 101: We are committed to facilitating a program that casts a wide net across the region and captures a broad diversity of voices and stories that need nurturing. This program is not just for seeing your story come to life, it's for anyone who feels compelled to get their story out through the exploration of performance writing. It can be the cathartic experience you’ve always dreamed of… the stairway to creativity you’ve been searching for.

Write Sparks offers beginners and emerging writers the opportunity to tell their stories while learning the skills of writing for performance. Participants will experience and learn how to progress their work from strength to strength through the structured support of award-winning playwright and dramaturge, Kathryn Ash. The program is run over three residencies throughout 2018 running from Friday afternoons through to Sunday afternoons (15 hours of intensive hands on development per residency). These residencies will not only be an amazing opportunity to work your craft through activities and writing exercises but will also build a great network of peers.

Program & Applicant Guidelines - 101
  • Applicants will be a novice writer or emerging regional writer with little or no knowledge of writing for performance.
  • Applicants must be primarily interested in developing a work for performance.
  • Applicant must be available and committed to complete all of the contact hours for the 3 residencies & Festival of Play Readings in Cairns.
  • Applicant must be committed to meet all deadlines as set out by JUTE and the facilitator.
  • If selected into the program, the applicant must make a commitment to communicate regularly regarding the program requirements and respond promptly to emails as part of a professional courtesy to JUTE and the facilitator.
  • If selected for the program, the applicant will complete the one-off program fee of $800 including GST payable to JUTE Theatre Company.
  • JUTE will have the first option to produce any work developed through The Write Sparks program.

* 1. First Name:

* 2. Last Name:

* 3. Gender:

* 5. Email Address:

* 6. Do you identify as any of the following:

* 7. Would you like to receive email newsletters from JUTE?

* 8. Occupation/School/TAFE/Uni:

* 9. Home Address:

* 10. Postal Address:

* 11. Telephone Numbers:

* 12. RESIDENCY ONE 2018: Are you available? (You must be available for the full 15 hours of the residency.)
  • Friday, 2 March (10am to 3pm)
  • Saturday, 3 March (10am to 3pm)
  • Sunday, 4 March (10am to 3pm)

* 13. RESIDENCY TWO 2018:  Are you available? (You must be available for the full 15 hours of the residency.)
  • Saturday, 10 March (10am to 5:30pm)
  • Sunday, 11 March (10am to 5:30pm)

* 14. RESIDENCY THREE 2018:  Are you available?  (You must be available for the full 15 hours of the residency.)
  • Friday, 13 April (10am to 3pm)
  • Saturday, 14 April (10am to 3pm)
  • Sunday, 15 April  (10am to 3pm)

* 15. Briefly outline what you would like to achieve across the year of development?  Describe where you are in your writing journey and your aspirations for writing for stage.  

Please outline the play scripts/books/poetry you have read that have inspired you. Describe what it is about these works that have inspired you to become a writer for performance.
(Max 300 words)

* 16. What experience, if any, do you have in creative writing?

* 17. To give us a sense of your ability to commit to and develop through the program, please give an example of projects or activities you have set about to achieve, and how you have achieved your goals for the project or activity:

* 18. Describe the idea that you would like to write about:

* 19. How many characters might the work have:

* 20. Can you describe each of these characters:

* 21. Briefly describe what might happen in this story:

Thank you for your time. We will get back to you soon with the outcome of your application.