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Join acclaimed scriptwriter, poet and performer Richard James Allen to unearth your next big idea and explore the underlying thematic concerns that truly drive you as a writer.

Through this interactive craft workshop, Richard will interview each participant to guide an insightful articulation of theme and how it can manifest in your stories, plots and characters. Through this process you will develop one or more story ideas to develop further with support from Richard in a second (optional) workshop.


Participants will:

  • Connect with other like-minded scriptwriters
  • Explore and understand theme as a building block for dramatic writing
  • Unearth a big idea you would like to further develop
  • Leave with tools for finding and developing new story ideas.

This Zoom workshop is part one of a two-part workshop series with Richard James Allen. It is recommended that you register for and attend both but not compulsory. Register for part two “Developing Your Story” here.


This workshop is presented by the Writers SA No Limits: Young Regional Writers program, however all ages and locations are very welcome to attend this online workshop.


About Richard James Allen

Richard James Allen (pronouns: he/him), is an Australian poet, born in Kempsey, New South Wales, on the unceded lands of the Dunghutti People. He now lives on the lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, in Redfern, a centre of Indigenous migration and a hub of Aboriginal activism for many years. Richard’s writing has appeared widely in journals, anthologies, and online, and he has been a popular reader at multiple performing arts venues, over many years. In 2021, his first novel, More Lies, was published by Interactive Press. In 2019, a collection of poetry, The short story of you and I, was published by UWA Publishing, and a suite of poems, Minimum Correct Dosage, was commissioned by Red Room Poetry. Previous critically acclaimed books of poetry, fiction and performance texts include Fixing the Broken Nightingale (Flying Island Books), The Kamikaze Mind (Brandl & Schlesinger) and Thursday’s Fictions (Five Islands Press), shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. Well-known for his multi-award-winning career as a filmmaker and choreographer with The Physical TV Company (, and critically acclaimed as a performer in a range of media and contexts, Richard has a track record for innovative adaptations and interactions of poetry and other media, including collaborations with artists in dance, film, theatre, music and a range of digital platforms. A First Class Honours graduate from Sydney University, he won the Chancellor’s Award for best doctoral thesis at the University of Technology, Sydney.


WSA Member $88 / Non-member $140

No Limits (regional writers aged 30 and under) $20

No Limits workshops are heavily subsidised for regional writers aged 30 and under. If the fee is still a barrier please email [email protected] for the No Limits 50% off or 100% off code to enable you to participate. 


This workshop will be delivered online from wherever you are via Zoom. Instructions will be emailed to you, please check your spam/junk folders. 


—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

—Members of other writing centres in the National Writers Centre Network can access our member discount. Contact [email protected] with your membership number to make your booking.

—Our Youth Membership category also includes a subscription to VoiceworksVoiceworks is a national literary journal that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians. Join here.

  • Starts: January 24th, 2022 7:00 PM
  • Finishes: January 24th, 2023 10:00 PM

Registration Details

Registration for this event ended on January 24th, 2022 6:00 PM