Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

Black and white photograph of LIa Incognita, wearing glasses

shanghai is hungry for babies

the city grey under grey
white hairs, concrete, glass and fog...

Write-ability title screen

In 2014, Arts Access Victoria and the University of Melbourne undertook a research project to investigate the creative case for inclusive arts practice as it relates to people with disability.

The Beyond Access research project developed a number of videos designed to raise awareness of the amazing and diverse work produced by artists with disability.

We are very proud that our Write-ability program was included as one of the Beyond Access case studies. In this short video, Director Kate Larsen and WV tutor and Write-ability Fellow Carly Findlay talk about the program...

Photo of Bella Li

Bella Li wrote her first poem in primary school, but wasn’t formally introduced to poetry – in the form of poets such as Tennyson, Poe, Pound and Eliot – until high school. She didn’t start writing poetry again until her first year at university. “The poems I wrote were particularly hideous, although at the time I thought they were okay,” says Bella. “This makes me nervous about what I am writing now.”

Emerging Writers' Festival 2015

For the second year in a row, writers with disability will take over The Salon during the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

This poignant and political event will showcase stories from six emerging writers: Jax Jacki Brown, Carly Findlay, Claire Barnier, David Maney, Nicki Bielinski and Daniel Kirby.

Photo of Jax Jacki Brown

“There is power in minorities telling their own stories,” says Write-ability Salon host Jax Jacki Brown.

Brown is a feminist, disability and queer rights activist and spoken-word performer with a BA in Communication and Cultural Studies (honours) which focused on the intersections between queer and disability identities.

Photo of Sarah Widdup lying on a pink sofa, covering most of her face with a bowler hat. The text reads: "It's the hum of our biology" and "Write-ability"

Sarah Widdup was one five writers with disability who received a Write-ability Fellowship in 2014.

The Fellowships, a joint initiative of Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria, enabled Sarah to work with mentor Matthew Hooper.

Enjoy an extract from Sarah’s novella, ‘Skeletons of Character’...

Photo of Sarah Widdup lying on a pink sofa, covering most of her face with a bowler hat. The text reads: "It's the hum of our biology" and "Write-ability"

In 2014, Writers Victoria produced a series of postcards and memes of some of our Write-ability Fellows. This week, we profile the work of Sarah Widdup.

Photo of Robert O'Brien in his wheelchair at the bottom of a flight of stairs. The text says "Write-ability"

In 2014, Writers Victoria produced a series of postcards and memes of some of our Write-ability Fellows. This week, we profile the work of Robert O'Brien.

Photo of a deaf man signing 'website'

Welcome to the Writers Victoria website. Click on the video below for an introduction in Auslan.

Find out more about our Write-ability program for writers with disability.

This video was produced by Sign Language Video Productions thanks to the support of Arts Access Australia.

Photo of the ceiling at Old Melbourne Gaol

In 2014 I was nominated in Writers Victoria’s Personal Patrons Program. It seemed like such an old-fashioned and lovely notion – the kind of thing that artists dream of.

Even better was an email informing me that a Patron was interested in supporting my work and had offered to provide me with a one month residency in one of the Writers Victoria studios at Old Melbourne Gaol.