Finding Your Voice

Australian playwright Jessica Bellamy will be leading a 4-session workshop  for young writers  (14-19) exploring writing for the stage in Tiong Bahru this month and next, as part of Tales of Two Cities. (You can read about Jessica’s first impressions of Singapore, here).

What makes you so special? No, really!

The difference between good playwriting and great playwriting often comes down to an authentic voice.

All human beings are so very different, and our writing needs to reflect that. What is unique about the way that you see the world? Are there certain perspectives and ideas that only you are expert in? How do you share this with others?


Finding Your Voice is a workshop for young writers led Grey Projects‘ writer in residence by Jessica Bellamy. Over the course of 4 sessions, you will be offered a toolkit to develop your skills in dramatic writing and for tapping into your authentic voice. By the end of this month of workshops, each participant will have written a short monologue for the stage.

The workshop will run from 10.00am – 4.00pm on Saturday 23 November, Sunday 24 November, Saturday 30 November, and Saturday 7 December, culminating in a final sharing of the new work at 5.00pm on Saturday 7 December.

The workshops will take place at Tiong Bahru Community Centre.

We will explore questions like: What is a complex character? How do I structure my story? How do I write a setting that acts like another character? How can I use silence and movement to tell a story? Most importantly, we will be asking the question: why is this the story that only I could write?

The workshop is $40 per participant for all 4 sessions in total.  For more information, contact

Watch Jessica’s short films and an interview with Jess, below:


jessJessica Bellamy is a Sydney-based playwright. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art in Playwriting (NIDA) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons)(UNSW) and has been a Griffin Theatre Playwriting Australia Associate Playwright (2011/12). She is the recipient of the 2013 atyp Foundation Commission, writing Compass, and is winner of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2011 for Sprout (Pedro Collective and Tamarama Rock Surfers).

Other plays include: Shabbat Dinner (Tamarama Rock Surfers); Fight or Flight (Canberra Youth Theatre); devised work The Grief Parlour (Clockfire Theatre, True West); devised work LoveNOT (Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Manila); devised work Lovely Ugly (Griffin Theatre); A Fourth of Nature (ACT Department of Education’s School Spectacular, nominated for 2011 Canberra Area Theatre award); as well as short plays for NIDA Open Programme, True West and Bondi Feast Festival.

Jessica’s monologue Little Love is published by Currency Press, and was adapted to a short film Bat Eyes (dir. Damien Power)(Top 10 finalist of YouTube Your Film competition, Venice Film Festival, Zebra Poetry Film Festival (Berlin), Tread Softly Festival (Sligo), Cockatoo Island Film Festival, Dungog Film Festival, Vimeo Staff Pick, Short of the Week).

Jessica has tutored playwriting for atyp, Beyond the Square, and in high schools.


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