Writeability Goes Local: Whitehorse Manningham Libraries Writers Group
Summary:Writers aged 18-25 years with disability from Whitehorse and/or Manningham are invited to attend our free Writeability Goes Local: Whitehorse Manningham Libraries Writers Group. The Writers Group is a series of free skills development workshops open to writers with all levels of experience. This is a facilitated writing group led by an experienced writing mentor, Jenny Hedley. Sessions will include a tutorial with a guest writer with disability and will make use of films and other resources from Writers Victoria’s Writeability Archive. The writing group will be held monthly from June to December 2023. The Writeability Goes Local: Whitehorse Manningham Libraries Writers Group is scheduled to run for eight sessions over the coming months. Writers with disability at all levels of experience are invited to attend. The introductory session – the Own Voices Forum – explores how language, writing and telling our own stories helps transform ways of thinking about the self, disability and community.
Who is it for?
Writeability Goes Local: Whitehorse Manningham Libraries is for 18-25-year-old writers and aspiring writers with disability in Whitehorse and/or Manningham.
When we say that Writeability is a program for people with disability, we mean that it's for anyone who experiences barriers as a result of their particular condition (such as the lack of physical access, communication barriers, discrimination or other people’s attitudes).
This includes (but isn't limited to) people with sensory or physical issues, hidden issues, ongoing medical conditions, learning difficulties or mental health conditions. If you self-identify as a person with disability, or as someone who experiences barriers as a result of your condition, then this opportunity is for you.
Please let us know about any access requirements you have.
More about Writeability Goes Local
Writeability Goes Local: Whitehorse Manningham Libraries is a collaboration between Writers Victoria, Whitehorse Manningham Libraries and Manningham Council with funding support from VicHealth Jumpstart!
This eight-month creative writing program 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.
An optional introductory session, Own Voices Forum, will be held on Tuesday 23 May from 10am – 2pm. Find out more and register here.
Monthly writing group workshops:
Friday 16 June, 1–3pm
Friday 21 July, 1–3pm
Friday 18 August, 1–3pm
Friday 15 September, 1–3pm
Friday 20 October, 1–3pm
Friday 17 November, 1–3pm
Friday 15 December, 1–3pm
Friday 16 February 2023, 1–3pm
About Jenny Hedley
Jenny Hedley is a neurodiverse writer and PhD research student whose work appears in Archer Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, Diagram, Overland Literary Journal, TEXT Journal, Westerly Magazine, and the anthologies Admissions: Voices in Mental Health and Verge. She lives on unceded Boon Wurrung land with her son. Her website is jennyhedley.github.io/
Phone: 03 9917 8462
Email: [email protected]