Write-ability Goes Regional and Online

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 is under way in Central Highlands and Loddon, and will be rolled out in the Inner and Outer Gippsland, Ovens Murray, Western District, Goulburn and Mallee regions in 2018 and 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.

The Write-ability program is a partnership between Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria. This project has been assisted 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 Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.

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, the monthly writing groups are under way until 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, the monthly writing groups are under way in Bendigo. For more information email Harriet, or visit our calendar listing to book.

The Loddon region writing group will run in Bendigo on 23 August, 20 September, 18 October, 22 November, 13 December 2017; 7 February, 14 March and 11 April 2018.

Writers with disability in the Loddon region can receive 30% off Writers Victoria membership until 30 November 2017.

Inner Gippsland

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

The Own Voices: Writing Matters forum will be held in March 2018, with the writing groups to begin soon after. Email Harriet to register your interest and receive more information closer to the date.

Outer Gippsland

East Gippsland and Wellington local government areas

The Own Voices: Writing Matters forum will be held in mid-2018, with the writing groups to follow. Email Harriet to register your interest and receive more information closer to the date.

Western District

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

The Own Voices: Writing Matters forum will be held in 2018, with the writing groups to follow. Email Harriet to register your interest and receive more information closer to the date.

Ovens Murray

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

The Own Voices: Writing Matters forum will be held in 2018, with the writing groups to follow. Email Harriet 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 Harriet to register your interest and receive more information closer to the date.

Outer Gippsland

East Gippsland and Wellington local government areas

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

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 Harriet 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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