JUTE Theatre Company’s 2018 Write Sparks program is now concluded.
This year the program had 10 participants from a diverse range of writers whose work was developed. Look forward to hearing more from some of these writers and their fresh stories in JUTE’s future programming!
General Program Details
Write Sparks offers beginners and intermediate 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 a 12-month period running from Friday afternoons through to Sunday afternoons (15 hours of intensive hands on development per residency), and also features a number of personal dramaturgical sessions with Kathryn to help craft your ideas. 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. A limited number of participants will be able to attend the annual JUTE Playwrights’ Retreat, a weekend of fun, writing and play-reading. Participants will be aiming to develop a full first draft of a script for performance by the end of the year.
If you are interested in joining this exciting program in 2019, please keep you eye out for our annual call for applications early next year.
Participants must complete the application form to be considered for the program. This application form will become available when the program reopens in 2019.
In the meantime, you can prepare for that application process by:
- making contact with JUTE to introduce yourself to the Creative Literary Manager, Kathryn Ash (Promise, we do not bite!)
- developing a short synopsis of a story for performance that you would like to work on during Write Sparks 2019. Keep the number of actors needed to tell the story to a maximum of 3.
- researching your topic— find out as much as you can about the subject matter, the type of language your characters would use, and the setting of your story.
- collecting inspirational images that support your understanding of the story.
- creating a folder to contain all your images, ideas, notes and research.
- reading and seeing as much theatre as you can.
- joining JUTE Theatre Company’s mailing list to receive our quarterly newsletter, which will tell you the moment the 2019 program opens for applications.