Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

Photo of Jax-Jacki Brown in her wheelchair

Five writers with disability will receive six hours of free mentoring with authors, assessors and industry experts through the third annual Write-ability Fellowships announced this week.

Fellowships were awarded to writers working in a range of styles and genres, including creative fiction, memoir and non-fiction journalism.

Emerging writer Naomi Fryers will work with outgoing Director of the Emerging Writers Festival, Sam Twyford-Moore, over the next two months.

Heart shape made out of flowers

Writer and WV member Shu-Ling Chua tells the story of her parents’ introduction in this moving piece of memoir.

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‘Maybe it’s a Chinese thing. You know, that dating show on SBS, If You Are the One?’

‘Yes, my parents watch it.’

‘They’re always thinking about the future. Australians, Americans, Europeans – we just live in the moment.’

Photo of Lian Low

In 2008, Alice Pung edited a groundbreaking anthology, 'Growing Up Asian in Australia' which featured short stories and poems by over fifty Asian Australians.  However, prior to the book’s publication, Pung was advised by an industry person that her  “heavy introduction” which detailed the invasion and dispossession of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, the White Australia policy, including information about the racist violence towards the Chinese during the 1850s and 60s, would scare away Border bookshop customers.

Photo of Debbie Lim in front of a beach at sunset. A small sailboat can be seen on the horizon.

He understands the bones of little fish.
The way each spine will set in stone
beneath the weight of forests, sediment,
the collapsed strata of years. How
many times has he lifted those skulls
with a minute brush, blown dust
from the space their fins once radiated?

Photo of Deborah Cass

Emerging Victorian writers from migrant backgrounds are invited to apply for the new Deborah Cass Prize.

The granddaughter of Jewish immigrants, Deborah Cass became a prize-winning professor of International Law at the London School of Economics. On learning that she had cancer, Deborah left her academic career to focus on creative writing. She had a number of short fiction pieces published, but was unable to realise her aim to complete a novel.

With generous support from family and friends, this prize aims to help someone from a migrant background find a voice for themselves...

Black and white photograph of Loretta Miauw

Lesson 1: Sun Hun- Body Itchy
I am restless and impatient
like the child who is sun hun
desiring to be naughty
Meaning: body itchy
For happenings to happen
I want you to graze on my skin
ever so slightly
moistening every inch
exasperating my body itch

Hand-coloured vintage photograph of a Chinese woman

These are the things I know to be true about my grandmother:

1. She is beautiful.

2. She has tattoos for eyebrows.

3. She was almost raped by a Japanese soldier during the war.

4. She lost two children.

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.”