Performance writing is an isolating activity by nature, even more so during the current pandemic crisis.
She Writes is a creative writing collective offering vital support from peer and professional networks. Through partnership with the Victorian College for the Arts, each writer is matched with a dramaturg for ongoing feedback and support. Participating writers are deliberately diverse, including LGBTIQ+ identifying and women of colour. This project allows participants to reclaim their narrative and public representation through new works reflecting their experience of ‘here and now’. She Writes will sustain these exceptional writers throughout the current COVID-19 crisis while nurturing new work, future collaborations and career development.
She Writes is crucial as artists experience extreme financial hardship and the decimation of career opportunities. It is a vital support for writers and an invaluable way to capture the experience of living through this pandemic. Arts and culture have never been needed more than in times of crisis and hardship. They bring communities together, break down barriers and encourage greater communication. Theatre acts as a lightning rod for recognition and recovery, helping us to articulate experiences in a deep and often unacknowledged way. Theatre provides narrative and meaning, allowing groups of people to share something transitory and transformative, collaboratively.
During the upheavals of the pandemic, She Writes will generate a wealth of original performance scripts, reflecting the extraordinary times we are living through. It will nurture exceptionally talented female playwrights, provide creative support, industry support and financial support for writers, and ensure that we have dynamic, relevant works ready to mount when the theatre becomes live again.
Your support will fund mentoring, play readings, masterclasses, creative developments and networking sessions for 14 playwrights and their works.
She Writes will:
– Nurture talented female writers from marginalised backgrounds
– Allow female writers to redefine themselves in the public space, constructing and controlling their own representation
– Provide connection to a community of peers and professionals, breaking down the isolation created by the pandemic and providing scaffolded networking opportunities.
– Allow writers to continue to develop their professional skills, creative voice and career opportunities
– Alleviate the financial hardship being experienced by artists, as they struggle with the decimated gig economy, cancelled work, and lack of access to government stimulus packages
– Present these works as part of Theatre Works annual season when the theatre reopens.