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Can Jewish principles provide us a creative anchor for navigating these unprecedented times?

In this interactive, fun and thought-provoking writing workshop, we will explore creative prompts that can inject your dialogue, prose, and poetic language with a unique Jewish flair. Playwright Jessica Bellamy will guide us through a creative exploration of ‘Shmita,’ the Torah-determined sabbatical that occurs every 7 years, and prompt participants to consider recovery, rest and renewal in a personal, environmental and artistic context.

Join the SJWF and Jessica Bellamy for this lively workshop which is sure to inspire your creative writing journey.

What to bring

  • paper and pen
  • 1 item from nature, be it a rock, a picked flower, a carrot harvested from your garden, or other

Jessica Bellamy is a playwright and theatre maker based in Melbourne. In her career, she has written works about the Torah’s matriarchs, Bat Mitzvah girls, the dybbuk, going to a Jewish day school, and Yentl. In March-April 2022, her new play A is for Apple will premiere at Griffin Theatre, Sydney (MORE INFORMATION HERE.) She has worked with companies in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, regional New South Wales, Singapore, and the Philippines during her career. Jessica is the co-writer and performer of Thick Beats for Good Girls (Checkpoint Theatre Singapore) as well as writer and performer of Shabbat Dinner, which has had three Sydney seasons. Collaborations include (After)Hero with Monash University Student Theatre, and collaborations with Albert Park College, Local Peoples, and Sydney Living Museums. She won the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award for Sprout (2011). Jessica has run workshops or residencies for Express Media, Arts Centre Melbourne, Dreamhouse Theatre, Australian Theatre for Young People, National Institute for Dramatic Arts, Outback Theatre for Young People, Back to Back Theatre, and in many schools.

To maximise participant learning, this event is limited to 15 people.

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