The mentoring program, a partnership between Helpmann Academy and InReview, connects experienced arts writers with emerging voices, as part of a program to strengthen coverage of arts and culture in South Australia.

InReview is a unique non-profit arts journalism project designed to nurture professional arts reviewing in Australia, particularly for areas in which the practice is under threat. It publishes free-to-access reviews and journalism every week for the benefit of the arts sector, audiences and the community, covering the full breadth of arts and culture practices.

Three emerging writers ­– Michelle Wakim (2021), Gianluca Noble (2022) and Shannon Pearce (2023) ­– have previously completed the Helpmann Academy InReview Mentorship program and are now freelance contributors to InReview.

The successful mentee in this round will be matched with an InReview mentor or mentors, who will be assigned based on the interests and background of the mentee. The mentor(s) work with them in all aspects of writing reviews as well as providing career advice. The mentorship will be conducted over eight hours per week for 10 weeks.

Throughout the program, the mentee will build their skills with the aim to produce several written reviews for publication in InReview.

This mentorship program is designed for emerging creatives from any background who have an interest in arts writing. You must be a graduate from an eligible program at one of Helpmann Academy’s partner institutions. You can check your eligibility here, and find out more about the mentorship opportunity here on the Helpmann Academy website.

“I was fortunate enough to be the round one recipient of the Helpmann Academy InReview Mentorship in 2023,” says Shannon Pearce “The experience working with industry professionals and esteemed writers Samela Harris and Graham Strahle was invaluable and has undoubtedly kickstarted my writing, reviewing and media career.”

Helpmann Academy InReview Mentorship 2023 Round 2
Applications open Monday,  July 31, 2023.
Applications close on Sunday, August 27, 2023 at 11.59pm ACST.
For activity occurring for 10 weeks in October/November 2023 (exact dates TBC).
For more information: Contact Helpmann Academy (08) 7089 0720 /


Make a comment View comment guidelines

Support local arts journalism

Your support will help us continue the important work of InReview in publishing free professional journalism that celebrates, interrogates and amplifies arts and culture in South Australia.

Donate Here

. You are free to republish the text and graphics contained in this article online and in print, on the condition that you follow our republishing guidelines.

You must attribute the author and note prominently that the article was originally published by InReview.  You must also inlude a link to InReview. Please note that images are not generally included in this creative commons licence as in most cases we are not the copyright owner. However, if the image has an InReview photographer credit or is marked as “supplied”, you are free to republish it with the appropriate credits.

We recommend you set the canonical link of this content to to insure that your SEO is not penalised.

Copied to Clipboard