Write Sparks

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 the Far North or further afield in  regional 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” was co-produced by JUTE, Masakini Theatre Company of Malaysia.

In 2020, Write Sparks playwright Laurie Trott ‘s script which was developed through the program, “To Kill A Cassowary”, went into production. It was remounted in March 2021 for a full season after having its 2020 season cut short by COVID-19.

Many other writers from the Write Sparks program are under consideration for productions in the 2022 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.


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.


There are currently a number of full scholarships available to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse or First Nations emerging artists, as well as Emerging artists with disabilities, and socially diverse artists.

If you would like to know more about the program, please contact JUTE’s creative producer, Kathryn Ash on 0742 816 832, email kathryn@jute.com.au, or complete the Expression of Interest Form (link below).

2021 First Round (now closed)

Residency 1: 7, 8, 9 May
Residency 2: 21, 22, 23 May
Residency 3: 18, 19, 20 June

2021 Second Round (now closed) - regional participants from outside Far North may join the sessions virtually.

Residency 1: 29-31 October
Residency 2: 5-7 November
Residency 3: 26-28 November

The Friday sessions run from 2pm to 7pm
The Saturday sessions run from 9am to 3pm
The Sunday sessions run from 10am to 3 pm

This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, an Australian Government program designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities. The fund is provided through Regional Arts Australia and is administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance.