2018 Fresh Ink National Mentoring Program


Applications for 2018 are available via the APPLY BUTTON below.


Now in its fifh year, this program, the only one of its kind in Australia, has to date supported 69 playwrights in Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin and Sydney. 

In 2018 four young playwrights aged 18-26 will be supported by a mentor in their state as they produce two short works as well as attend monthly meetings to hone their skills and build their writing community.

In 2018 the program is running in Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Crucially, this program is able to exist because of partnerships with organisations based in each city. 

These places are:

Brown’s Mart in Darwin

Barking Gecko Theatre Company in Perth

The 2018 Mentors are:

Darwin: Mary Anne Butler working with Ciella Williams.

Melbourne: Ross Mueller

Perth: Will O'Mahony

Sydney: Jane FitzGerald

Throughout the program participants:

  • Attend a pre-arranged workshop session once a month with their mentor for 6 hours,
  • Meet once a month independently of their mentor for at least 3 hours,
  • Work with external directors and guests to widen networks and build skills,
  • Deliver a 15 minute play for up to 3 characters in July which is then rehearsed with professional actors,
  • Deliver a 30 minute play for 4 characters in November that will be rehearsed and performed by professional actors for an invited audience.

Participants Receive:

  • Mentoring across the year by an industry professional
  • The opportunity to work with professional actors and directors
  • Opportunities to showcase their work to invited audiences

To be eligible participants will need to:

  • Be aged 18-26
  • Have some experience in the past with playwriting
  • Be available to meet the time commitments (briefly outlined above) between April and November 2018.

Please note that there is a $400 participation fee for this program. ATYP offers scholarship places for those who could not participate otherwise, please get in touch for a scholarship application form. 


This program would not be possible without the generous support of the Graeme Wood Foundation and the Copyright Agency.