Our award-winning Write-ability program supports writers with disability wanting to develop their skills and writing careers.
Write-ability aims to remove some of the barriers that have traditionally prevented people with disability from connecting with writing and publishing. It provides tools and information to support people with disability who want to tell their own stories in their own way.
The Write-ability ethos has been based on the importance of self-told stories, disability-leadership and peer support, and the creation of opportunities for even the quietest voices to be heard.
Write-ability is for anyone who experiences barriers as a result of their particular impairment or condition (such as the lack of physical access, communication barriers, discrimination or other people’s attitudes).
This includes (but isn’t limited to) people with sensory or physical impairments, hidden impairments, ongoing medical conditions, intellectual impairments, learning difficulties or mental health conditions. If you self-identify as a person with disability or as someone who experiences barriers as a result of your condition, then Write-ability is for you.
For more information about Write-ability, contact the Writers Victoria office on 03 9094 7855 or email us.
Write-ability Goes Regional and Online
In April 2017 our Write-ability Goes Regional and Online program launched in Ballarat. Write-ability Goes Regional and Online is a three-year program for aspiring writers with disability living in regional Victoria.
Our Write-ability Fellowships provide five writers with tailored professional development opportunities each year and open in April.
The 2019 Write-ability Fellows are:
- Alex Creece, for “Neurodifficult”, a collection of experimental poems on the lived experience of autism;
- M. J. McArthur, for “Invisible”, a creative non-fiction memoir on chronic illness;
- Jessica Obersby, for “In:Human”, a speculative fiction YA novel on identity, mental health and adolescence;
- Leah Robertson, for a collection of lyrical non-fiction poems on trauma and survival; and
- Paul Whitby, for a collection of short fiction, incorporating magic realism and dirty realism.
Our monthly email is full of information about the Write-ability program and other arts opportunities for people with disability. Sign up to receive the email, or find out how to submit material here.
The Writers Victoria website has a wealth of writing resources including videos, podcasts, articles, Q&As and stories to share.
WV welcomes deaf writers
See our video for an introduction to this website in Auslan. This video was produced by Sign Language Video Productions thanks to the support of Arts Access Australia.
Or contact us for more information.
"There needs to be more people with disability telling our stories across all types of media. Telling our own stories educates, reduces stigma, pity, exploitation and sensationalism, and raises the level of expectation that society has about people with disability” – Write-ability tutor Carly Findlay
The Write-ability program is a partnership between Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria made possible by the generous support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Grace Marion Wilson Trust, Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.
Write-ability is also grateful for the support of the City of Melbourne, Copyright Agency Ltd, the Ian Potter Foundation, Perpetual, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. The development of this accessible website and Write-ability Archive was made possible by Gandel Philanthropy in 2015.