Write-ability Goes Regional and Online

A brown-haired woman is seen writing "Own Voices" and "Our Stories" on a whiteboard at the Own Voices Forum in Outer Gippsland.
WGRO Local Mentor Caitilin Punshon at the Own Voices Forum in Sale (Moira Coleman ABC Gippsland)

Write-ability Goes Regional and Online is a three-year program to support aspiring writers with disability living in regional Victoria. The program will be rolled out alongside the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across regional Victoria. In each of the eight NDIS regions will be an Own Voices: Why Writing Matters forum and a series of eight monthly writing groups to help form connections with the writing community while developing skills development and industry knowledge.

The program began in Central Highlands followed by Loddon. WRGO is currently being rolled out in Inner and Outer GippslandWimmera South West (formerly Western District), and will then move on to Ovens Murray, Goulburn and the Mallee regions in late 2018 and early 2019.

Our Own Voices Forum: Why Writing Matters will be held in each region to explore how writing and storytelling can help develop new ways of thinking about the self, disability, and community.

The forums are designed for people with disability as well as providing professional development for local councils, libraries, arts and disability organisations.

After each forum, Write-ability Goes Regional and Online continues with a series of facilitated writing groups for writers with disability. As well as workshops and author talks, the writers groups include live webinars that are archived on the Writers Victoria website.

Support

Write-ability Goes Regional and Online is funded by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund. Write-ability is also supported by the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.

The Three Year Program

Here’s what’s happening in each of the Victorian NDIS regional areas. Please note that start times are indications only and may vary due to changes to the NDIS schedule.

Central Highlands

Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees local government areas

Following the Own Voices: Why Writing matters in April 2017, the series of monthly writing groups ended in December 2017.

Loddon

Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander local government areas

Following the Own Voices: Writing Matters forum in August 2017, the series of monthly writing groups ended in April 2018.

Inner Gippsland

Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Latrobe and South Gippsland local government areas

The Inner Gippsland writing group is underway, and will meet at the Moe Library on Wednesdays 21 March, 18 April, 16 May, 20 June, 18 July, 15 August, 19 September and 17 October.

Outer Gippsland

East Gippsland and Wellington local government areas

The Outer Gippsland Writers Group will be held at the Bond Street event Centre on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm on 18 July, 15 August, 19 September, 17 October, 21 November, 19 December 2018, and 20 February and 20 March 2019. 

Writers with disability in Outer Gippsland can receive 30% off Writers Victoria membership until 31 October 2018.

Wimmera South West

Corangamite, Glenelg, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Moyne, Northern Grampians, Southern Grampians, Warrnambool, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack local government areas

The Wimmera South West Writers Group will be held at the Horsham RSL on Wednesday 25 July from 10am-11.30am, and the following Wednesdays from 11am-1pm: 19 September, 17 October, 21 November, 18 December 2018; and 20 February, 20 March and 24 April 2019. Follow this link to book.

Writers with disability in Wimmera South West can receive 30% off Writers Victoria membership until 30 November 2018.

Ovens Murray

Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga local government areas

The Own Voices: Writing Matters forum will be held in Wodonga on Wednesday, 17 October 2018, with the writing groups to follow. Click here for more information about the forum, or email Alex to register your interest in the writing group and receive more information closer to the date.

Writers with disability in Ovens Murray can receive 30% off Writers Victoria membership until 31 March 2019.

Goulburn

Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi and Strathbogie local government areas

The Own Voices: Writing Matters forum will be held in 2019, with the writing groups to follow. Email Alex to register your interest and receive more information closer to the date.

Mallee

Buloke, Gannawarra, Mildura and Swan Hill local government areas

The Own Voices: Writing Matters forum will be held in 2019, with the writing groups to follow. Email Alex to register your interest and receive more information closer to the date.

Why do we ask you to become a Writers Victoria member to take part in Write-ability Goes Regional and Online writing groups?

Writers Victoria is a membership organisation. One of the benefits of being a Writers Vic member is getting access to member-only activities like this one. The Write-ability writing groups are in high demand, so being a member will help make sure you don’t miss out. 

Writers Vic membership also brings other benefits. You’ll get discounts on courses, information about competitions and opportunities, writing resources and inspiration through our weekly enews, ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine and members-only sections of our website.

WV membership will also connect you with more than 3,500 writers across Victoria and help you feel part of our state’s writing community.

We know that some people may find it hard to pay the membership fee. That’s why we offer a 30% discount on our annual regional membership, and we can discuss payment plans as well.  

Speak to your local mentor for more info, or email Alex.

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