Writeability Goes Local (Melton) – Own Voices Forum
Ruby Hillsmith, Jax Brown, Jessica Walton
Summary:This forum is for anyone in Melton interested in receiving professional development on the Social Model of Disability and best practice language for organisations. Explore how language, writing and telling our own stories helps transform ways of thinking about the self, disability and community. This event is the introduction to the Writers Group, scheduled to run for eight sessions over the coming months. Writers with disability at all levels of experience are invited to attend.
Who is it for?
Come and be part of the launch of Writeability Goes Local in Melton.
Explore how language, writing and telling our own stories helps transform ways of thinking about the self, disability and community. Developed by people with disability, the forum provides professional development on the Social Model of Disability and best practice language for organisations.
The forum is for writers and aspiring writers with disability in Melton, as well as arts and community development workers, disability and health service providers, teachers, local councils and libraries.
When we say that Writeability is a program for people with disability, we mean that it's for anyone who experiences barriers such as lack of physical access, communication barriers, or discrimination.
This includes (but isn't limited to) people with sensory or physical issues, hidden issues, ongoing medical conditions, learning difficulties or mental health issues.
Where and when?
The forum will be held in the Caroline Springs Library, 193-201 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs, from 1pm to 5pm. Light refreshments provided.
By bridging the gap between mainstream arts and disability communities, the Writeability program will use writing to break down barriers to social inclusion and give people with disability the skills and opportunity to tell their stories their way.
The Writeability team will teach you about the Social Model of Disability, best-practice language, advocacy and power, and share some tips on how to write about disability. You are welcome to ask questions as we go, and there will be time for a dedicated Q & A at the end.
About Ruby Hillsmith
Ruby Hillsmith is a writer, editor and poet living on Wurundjeri land. She was the 2020 Writers Victoria Writeability Poetry Fellow, a 2020–21 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, and co-editor-in-chief of the 31st edition of RMIT’s Visible Ink. She can be found at rubyhillsmith.com.
About Jax Brown
Jax Brown (they/them) is a LGBTIQA+ disability rights activist, writer and educator. Jax has been published widely online and in the following anthologies: Queer Disability Anthology (2015), QueerStories (2018), Kindred (2019), Growing up Queer in Australia (2019) and We've Got This: Stories by Disabled Parents (2022). Jax is interested in how we can build resilience, pride and community for LGBTIQA+ disabled people.
About Jessica Walton
Jessica Walton is a queer, disabled writer and speaker. They co-wrote an episode of Get Krack!n, focused on disability, which aired on ABC in 2019. They are the author of graphic novel Stars in Their Eyes, with artwork by Aśka (Fremantle Press 2021) and Introducing Teddy, illustrated by Dougal MacPherson (Bloomsbury 2016). Jess also has two short stories for teens and kids published in Australian anthologies Funny Bones (Allen and Unwin 2019) and Meet Me at the Intersection (Fremantle Press 2018), as well as poetry in a few anthologies, magazines and journals.
More about Writeability Goes Local: Melton
This eight-month creative writing program is funded by Melton City Council. It aims to reduce the disadvantages that disabled writers can face due to social isolation, the expense of professional development and the assumption that people with disability need other people to tell their stories.
Following the forum, Writeability Goes Local: Melton will include workshops and author talks for people with disability interested in writing and building their writing skills for creativity and enjoyment. Registrations for the Melton Writeability Writers Group will open in April.
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