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 Gippsland, Wimmera 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.
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.
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.
Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander local government areas
The Bendigo Write-ability group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 11am to 1pm at the Bendigo Library. Email Diane for more information.
Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Latrobe and South Gippsland local government areas
The Moe writing group meets once a month on Wednesdays at the Moe Library from 11am to 1pm. Email Jess for more information.
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.
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 Wednesdays from 11am-1pm: 19 September, 17 October, 21 November, 18 December 2018; and 20 February, 20 March and 17 April 2019.
Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga local government areas
The Ovens Murray Writers Group will be held at the Wodonga Library from 11am-1pm on Wednesdays 19 September, 17 October, 21 November, 18 December 2018; and 20 February, 20 March and 17 April 2019.
Writers with disability in Ovens Murray can receive 30% off Writers Victoria membership until 31 March 2019.
Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi and Strathbogie local government areas
Writers Victoria is currently seeking to employ a Local Mentor for the region on a contract basis. Applications close at 9am, Wednesday 30 January 2019. Click here for more information.
The Own Voices: Writing Matters forum will be held on Wednesday 13 March 2019, with the writing groups to follow. Book here to attend the forum. The writing group will run from 11am to 1pm on Wednesdays 17 April, 15 May, 19 June, 17 July, 21 August, 18 September, 16 October and 20 November 2019 . Email us to register your interest and receive more information closer to the date.
People with disability in the Goulburn NDIS region can also get 30% off a Writers Victoria membership before the end of July 2019. Find out more here.
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 us 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 Write-ability staff.