Diary of a Creative Producer

11. 09. 2019

On Writing Place

Writing Place participants group photo

Done. We made it to the finish line. We brought together fourteen emerging regional playwrights from across regional Australia with mentors Emily Steel, Mary Anne Butler and Caleb Lewis for nine days.

We laughed, cried, ate, learned, dreamed, connected, created, wrote.

Here is a little snapshot of what Writing Place looked like and what it did:

  • 14 emerging writers from across regional Australia +
  • 3 mentors, each an established and excellent playwright +
  • 1 Creative Producer and 1 emerging film-maker +
  • 9 days residency in regional South Australia +
  • masterclasses, small group mentoring, 1:1 mentoring +
  • writing a 10minute monologue for a teenage performer +
  • a reading evening with 10 invited industry guests from across the country and local VIP guests +
  • 7 local young performers reading the monologues aloud =

Writing Place 2019.

Anonymous feedback written on the final day.

I will share some more detailed reflections when I’ve had a chance to breathe in and out again.

Small group mentoring session L-R: Catharine Robbins, Jordan Clayden-Lewis (white hat), Mary Anne Butler, Lily Hensby (dark cap), Betty Sweetlove and Isidora Pandilovska. A tiny part of the the stunning Flinders Ranges, SA in the background.

Alysha Herrmann

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Beginning with consultation and building connections in 2017 - 2018, and then developing & delivering a creative program of projects, events, activites, initatives and mentoring 2018-2020


Creative outcomes by and with young people (aged 12-26)


Carclew & Country Arts SA with an invitation to other stakeholders and partners to come and play


Regional, rural & remote South Australia

The Creative Producer Regional Youth is a statewide role co-funded and managed by Carclew and Country Arts SA. The role of the Creative Producer Regional Youth is to nurture and support young people (aged 12-26) living in regional South Australia to explore and express their creative aspirations. Young people themselves know what they want to do and how they want to do it. The Creative Producer’s role is to be a listener, cheer squad, connector, collaborator, facilitator, champion and ally. Alysha Herrmann was appointed to the role of Creative Producer in late 2017, she is based from the Riverland region of South Australia. Alysha is an award winning writer, theatre-maker and community organiser in her own right.

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