She Writes COLLECTIVE

Development Program for Emerging Writers

Since 2020, Theatre Works has facilitated the She Writes Collective for female-identifying playwrights, which will continue with a new cohort commencing in 2022.

Participating writers include a cross section of gender diverse, culturally diverse, emerging and mid-career writers of performance across a range of age groups and abilities, at varying stages in their playwriting practices. We work on an idea-to-page-to-stage process where writers accepted into the collective bring an idea they wish to craft into a play, and they develop the play during the two years.


The She Writes Collective enables female writers of performance to develop their playwriting craft in workshops and masterclasses, to increase their knowledge of process via industry Q&As, build a community with other writers including alumni, discuss intimately the act of playwriting in a series of meet ups and reading sessions, grow connections and foster relationships with industry and practising artists, receive organisational support and guidance, have access to space for creative developments and readings, receive mentoring and dramaturgical support, take part in the Radical Act Festival where their writing will be shared with audiences, receive one-on-one mentoring and meet a range of professional artists working across Australia.

The Writers
The Dramaturgs
The Mentors