The Other Story

The Other Story: Refugee & Asylum Seeker

Scriptwriting Program 2021

Cinespace and Road to Refuge, with support from EastWeb are running two FREE screenwriting workshops in Melbourne and Shepparton for refugees, asylum seekers, and former refugees and asylum seekers, who wish to tell authentic, original and inspired stories for the screen.


Who is it for?

Authors, novelists, writers, or any storyteller with lived experience as a current or former refugee or asylum seeker looking to learn narrative screenwriting skills, or develop a script drawn from or inspired by lived experience. You must be over 18 years of age and currently living in Victoria.


Who is delivering it:

The course is delivered by John Kachoyan an award-winning Armenian Australian director, writer and script developer who works internationally in theatre, TV, and film. John was formerly Literary Manager at Australian Plays, Co-Creative Director and CEO of multi-Green Room Award winning MKA: Theatre of New Writing and Director In Residence for Bell Shakespeare.  

The project is co-ordinated by Steve RE Pereira at Cinespace.



Shepparton (short course)

(4-hour introduction to screenwriting workshop) delivered with Road to Refuge.


Got a story to tell? Tell it with pictures and learn the fundamentals of writing for the screen. This short course is an introduction to screenwriting with a focus on concept creation, scene construction, character, and dialogue. You will get to practice the important first steps in creating works for screen and learn how to apply the skills to your very own stories for screen projects.

When: Saturday 17th April, 12:00 PM to 4:00PM

Where: Shepparton Library, 41-42 Marungi St, Shepparton Victoria 3630

Applications Close 16th April.

Apply: Road to Refuge


Melbourne (long course)


Introduction to Screenwriting Course (3hr x 6weeks)

An in-depth look at screenwriting creativity. Identify the components for telling a story for the screen. Develop a practical understanding of genre, scene construction, character, and dialogue. Explore the writing and drafting process through practical work.

Read the full course structure here


This course is limited to no more than five participants to allow for detailed work and one-on-one consulting sessions with the course instructor.

Aim: This course will specifically explore practical techniques for characterisation, structure, and tone. How to explore, workshop, draft and refine a written scene-study or short-film style screenplay for sharing or further development. Acknowledging and using the existing structures and hegemonies to explore personal, rule-breaking work.


Outcome: Gain practical skills to develop your work for the screen. By the end of this course you will have developed a short script.

When: Saturdays April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, from 12pm to 2pm

Where: Cinespace room, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St Footscray VIC 3011

Applications Close 23 May. 




Apply (long course)

(This form is for the Melbourne long course only. For the Shepparton Short Course please refer to Road to Refuge link above)

General Terms and Conditions apply.

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Road to Refuge

Road to Refuge is a community organisation that stands for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. They seek to create, support and value those with lived experience by leading community-owned conversations built on openness and empathy. They highlight the human consequences of the Australian government’s policies against people seeking asylum and look to shift public debate towards threating people with lived experience with inherent respect, dignity and nuance.


Project funder EASTWEB is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to reducing disadvantage and promoting social change among indigenous, asylum seeker and refugee communities. They do this by supporting projects based in Victoria that work for and with communities to combat disadvantage and create long term change in the areas of health care, employment, education and cultural heritage promotion and maintenance.

A Cinespace Inc. project in partnership with Road to Refuge supported by Eastweb Fund (through the Foundation for Young Australians). Venue support from Shepparton Library and Footscray Community Arts Centre.

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