Iconic Duos: The Power of Creative Mentorships

Creating new artistic work takes bravery, creativity, and talent; but it also takes time, space, and financial freedom. However diverse their circumstances, all emerging writers and artists share one common need: support.

The Next Chapter writers’ scheme and Signal Boost podcasting mentorship programme aim to provide emerging writers and podcasters with just that. Presented annually by the Wheeler Centre, they’re dedicated to uncovering and nurturing a new generation of writers and podcasters by giving them time and space to craft a voice and a career.  

Every year, ten writers and ten podcasters are chosen from across Australia, given financial support and access to professional development opportunities, and are each matched with a dedicated mentor. Through these mentorships, tomorrow’s outstanding emerging voices are steered and supported by today’s storytelling icons.

Join Next Chapter recipient Mia Nie, her mentor Sarah Howell, Signal Boost participant Cherie Minniecon, and her mentor Timmah Ball, as they discuss the varied forms support for emerging writers and podcasters can take, and the unique qualities of mentorships. Hosted by Veronica Sullivan.

Presented in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival

Iconic Duos

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Portrait of Mia Nie

Mia Nie

Mia Nie is a Chinese-Australian comic artist, zine-maker, and award-nominated ex-poet. She has been published in Pencilled In, the Suburban ReviewComic Sans JournalStrange Horizons, and Castles in the Sky. Her work explores the complexities, contradictions, and deeply felt desires of transgender subjectivity. She is passionate about understanding queer history and imagining queer futures. Mia is currently working on her first graphic novel. 

Portrait of Sarah Howell

Sarah Howell

Sarah Howell makes comics, teaches comics and develops projects that advocate for her artform. Projects like: Homecooked Comics Festival and Squishface Comic Studio, a co-share workspace for cartoonists and illustrators.

Portrait of Timmah Ball

Timmah Ball

Timmah Ball is a nonfiction writer, researcher and creative practitioner of Ballardong Noongar heritage. In 2018 she co-created Wild Tongue Zine for Next Wave Festival with Azja Kulpinska which interrogated labor inequality in the arts industry. In 2016 she won the Westerly magazine Patricia Hackett Prize, and her writing has appeared in a range of anthologies and literary journals.

Portrait of Cherie Minniecon

Cherie Minniecon

Cherie Minniecon is a proud Yorta Yorta woman based in naarm with her hubby and two daughters. Cherie is a social worker, educator and futures strategist. She is passionate about the exploration of the narratives we tell ourselves about the future and how it impacts on our sense of agency and ability to affect social change. She has a particular passion in exploring and providing platforms for First Nations perspectives globally in relation to futures thinking and creating Indigenous futurisms. Pre kids, Cherie worked on international youth and peace projects in Australia and the Middle East. Locally she worked on projects such as connection to country projects for Aboriginal children who had been removed from their families and placed in state care.


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