North Queensland Young Write Sparks 101

Full Throttle Theatre in partnership with JUTE Theatre Company is currently calling for expressions of interest our second NQ Young Write Sparks 101 program. This is a FREE online Playwriting program funded and supported by the North Queensland, Regional Arts Service Network. This is a playwrighting program specifically designed for writers new to performance writing.

That one idea…

Do you have a story you’re 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 skills development opportunity for aspiring young writers aged 14 to 17 years living in North Queensland.

About JUTE

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. Many other writers from the Write Sparks program are under consideration. This program will start you off on your writing journey and one day you too may have your work performed by JUTE.

About the Facilitator: Kathryn Ash, an award winning published playwright. Kathryn studied acting at the Australian Theatre For Young People in Sydney, and has performed in a number of professional acting roles. She is a founding member and a Creative Producer of  JUTE. Five of her full length plays have been produced, as well as three adaptations from Shakespeare.

Kathryn Ash

About Full Throttle Theatre Company

Full Throttle Theatre Company has been dedicated to training and supporting aspiring, emerging and professional actors and theatre creatives for almost 35 years. As well as producing up to 6 productions a year the company also tours shows around Regional Queensland and runs training programs for ages 5 to 17 years. Our Props Youth Company has been running for almost 21 years.

Writers Workshop


Module 1: Getting started
Module 2: Finding Story
Module 3: Seven Stages of Story- Part 1
Module 4: Seven Stages of Story- Part 2
Task setting – what to do until the Residency 2

10am to 12pm (small breaks)
Lunch 12pm to 1pm


Module 5. The Big Idea
Module 6 The Hero
Module 7. The Villain and Other Characters
Module 8 + 9 – Putting it All Together
Task setting – Write a 10minute scene or series of scenes of your play

10am to 12pm (small breaks)
Lunch 12pm to 1pm

Writing Time and Dramaturgy Sessions: APRIL 17 ~ MAY 30

Each playwright receives a 1-hour online dramaturgy session
Playwrights develop at least 2 scenes if not a first draft of
their work and submit it for review by the facilitator


Talking about the work you’ve developed
Dramaturgical masterclass
Readings- 10 minutes of script from all participants to be read.
Online play reading series using professional and young actors.

10am to 12pm (small breaks)
Lunch 12pm to 1pm


Applicants must:

  • Live in North Queensland and be able to attend all of the workshops and group sessions to be held online.
  • Be 14 years to 17 years
  • Be available on ALL three weekends of the Write Sparks 101 program.

Please consider your internet access. Otherwise we can teleconference you in. We will contact you in advance of the online sessions to talk you through the online process.

Application process

  1. Applicants must complete the below Expression of Interest (EOI) form and return to Full Throttle Theatre Company by 6th April 2021.
  2. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on a rolling basis

Any questions regarding this Expression of Interest please Sonia Zabala, 0438766429 or email

We are seeking applications from creatives from a broad spectrum of the North Qld population, including under-represented communities with reference to cultural background, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic and/ or socio-economic circumstance. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives are strongly encouraged to apply.

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