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Expressions of Interest | Free arts reviewing mentorships!

3 July 2024

If you are an emerging writer based in regional Western Australia, Seesaw Magazine would love to help improve your skills as we seek to develop arts reviewing and writing across our State.

If you are an emerging writer based in regional Western Australia, Seesaw Magazine would love to help improve your skills as we seek to develop arts reviewing and writing across our State.

Seesaw, WA’s arts magazine, is offering writers from regional WA a free mentorship program to learn arts reviewing, create writing opportunities and promote arts events around WA.

The mentoring will be provided by Seesaw board member Stephen Bevis, a former Arts Editor at The West Australian newspaper whose career spans journalism, arts reviewing, communications and PR.

Training will include workshops and attending at least one event for a mentored review. Coverage will be aligned with locally-produced regional arts events as well as touring shows to regional venues. Participation is free and mentees will be paid a small fee for taking part.

There are two ways you can register your interest. Please email hello@seesawmag.com.au with a short reason why you’d like to take part (up to 100 words), a couple of examples of your writing and a CV if you have one. Or fill out this form here and Stephen will be in touch: https://forms.gle/oiipZGcJqr2BzWUo6

Deadline for applications is Friday July 12. Training will run late-July to mid-September at times agreed with the successful applicants (up to about 15 hours in total).

This program is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

What we offer:

  • Up to six (6) mentorship positions including three online group workshops and individual one-on-one training sessions.
  • Mentored attendance at arts performance/exhibition for review purposes.
  • Support, advice, editing and other feedback provided during review-writing process.
  • Publication of review on the Seesaw website.
  • The opportunity for commissioned articles/reviews as a Seesaw contributor.

This program seeks to assist a trained cohort of regionally based arts writers to improve their skills and confidence to review and share stories of the amazing work being done by regionally-based artists and organisations across WA. It is hoped that this also will increase audience awareness of regional arts events for the benefit of artists, venues, arts organisations and their many supporters.

About Seesaw Magazine

Seesaw – Western Australia’s award-winning arts magazine – was founded in 2017 in response to declining coverage of WA arts in mainstream media. 

Our vision is to ignite conversation about the arts among artists, audiences and the wider community.

As the only multi-arts platform of its kind in WA, Seesaw is committed to quality independent professional arts journalism in WA and mentoring diverse new voices, including First Nations, regional and emerging young writers.

Seesaw has temporarily paused normal publication but will be posting and promoting reviews from this initiative in the meantime. You can read more about the Seesaw pause here.

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Author —
Stephen Bevis

Stephen Bevis is a former Arts Editor at The West Australian from 2006 to 2016. His career at The West Australian included previous roles as Editor of the West Magazine, Deputy Foreign Editor, Night Editor, Canberra correspondent and state political reporter. He is often found warming the playground bench these days.

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