Write Sparks

Is currently calling for expressions of interest in their highly successful annual Write Sparks 101 program specifically designed for writers new to performance writing.

Do you have a story you feel passionate about?

Is it bubbling away in your mind just waiting for a chance to be heard somehow? Have you ever thought about learning the craft of writing for the stage? Even if you have some experience in performance or performance writing, this course gives you so much more than just the basics.

Write Sparks 101 offers an exciting professional development opportunity for writers living and working in Far North Queensland.

JUTE is a new works theatre company and has been running writing development courses since 1998.

In 2016, the company revamped the programs and Write Sparks was launched. Since then, the program has helped 22 writers from the Cairns region to realise their dream of developing a story they are passionate about. In October 2019, the first of these writers experienced her first professional production with JUTE; Sasi Victoire’s Alice in The Antipathies will be co-produced by JUTE, Masakini Theatre Company of Malaysia.
In 2020, Write Sparks playwright Laurie Trott will have a full production of her script developed through the program, To Kill A Cassowary. Many other writers from the Write Sparks program are under consideration for productions in the 2021 and beyond. You could be one of them!
Take this chance to participate in a professional development package that will guide you and a group of like-minded writers through the writing process of developing new performance work.
JUTE Theatre Company has just moved into its newly renovated home, Bulmba-Ja Arts Centre (formerly the Centre for Contemporary Arts) and so JUTE is now able to confirm the exact dates of this 2020 script development program.

Dates and Times

We wanted you to know as soon as we knew and so here they are!

  • Residency 1: 8/9/10 May
  • Residency 2: 22/23/24 May
  • Residency 3: 19/20/21 June

All three residencies are part of the program and each residency presents as a new step in the course.

  • The Friday sessions run from 2pm to 7pm.
  • The Saturday sessions run from 9 – 3pm.
  • The Sunday sessions run from 10 – 3 pm.


The program will cost $800. You may be waged and able to pay this straight up (fantastic!). You may be thinking that you would like to pay the amount off in instalments (great, give our Operations Manager Narelle a call on 0742816832 and make an arrangement for a payment plan). You may be planning to seek funding from government for the $800, and so will need to investigate a funding option.
If you have never sought funding for an arts activity, JUTE will be happy to guide you through that process and support you in any way we can.
If you would like to know more about the program, please contact JUTE’s creative producer, Kathryn Ash on 0742 816 832.

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