Writers Victoria invites writers with disability throughout Victoria to apply for a 2022 Writeability Fellowship. Five fellowships are available again this year, thanks to the generosity of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.
Now in its tenth year, our Writeability Fellowships support emerging writers with disability with tailored professional development support such as manuscript assessments, curated programs of workshops, and/or mentoring.
We are thrilled that this year, the judge for the Writeability Fellowships is Clem Bastow.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday, 6 June 2022.
How to apply:
To be eligible for a Fellowship, applicants must identify as an emerging writer with disability (though you do not need to disclose the nature of your disability) and be a resident of Victoria.
Writers Victoria staff or Committee of Management members are not eligible to apply.
Download the Guidelines and Application Form here. Please let us know if you’d like to receive the form in an alternative format.
To apply, complete the following by 5pm on Monday, 6 June 2022:
- An application form
- An extract of your writing from your intended Writeability Fellowship project (up to 1,000 words).
Please use the Submittable form here to submit your application (preferred).
Alternatively, you can email your application to Writers Victoria, or post your application to Writers Victoria, Level 3, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000. If posting your application, envelopes must be postmarked on or before Monday, 6 June to eligible.
We also have a lot of additional and useful information about preparing your application in Harriet Gaffney’s 2018 Online Information Session .
The Writeability Fellowship program is supported by the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.
About our Judge
Clem Bastow’s writing appears regularly in The Guardian, and she has written extensively for The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Big Issue. She has contributed chapters to books including Investigating Stranger Things (Palgrave MacMillan, 2021), ReFocus: The Films Of Elaine May (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) and Copyfight (NewSouth Publishing, 2015). She co-wrote and co-presented the 2017 ABC podcast Behind The Belt, a documentary “deep dive” into professional wrestling, and in 2018 she co-produced the first wrestling death match to be held on Tasmanian soil, Night Massacre, for Dark Mofo. She holds a Master of Screenwriting from University Of Melbourne/VCA, and teaches screenwriting at University of Melbourne. Clem is currently undertaking a PhD in action cinema and screenwriting at RMIT University. Her debut nonfiction book, Late Bloomer: How an Autism Diagnosis Changed My Life (Hardie Grant Books) was published in July 2021. She lives and works on Wurundjeri land with her dog, Milly.
Feedback from 2021 Fellows
“Through the Writability Fellowship I was able to participate in 1:1 mentoring and an online poetry clinic, both of which have made a huge difference in the quality of my writing and my ability to edit my own work. It also gave me the confidence to take myself seriously as a writer, committing more time to writing and completing a full-length poetry manuscript by the end of the fellowship.”Steph Amir
“As an emerging writer, being mentored by Laura Jean McKay through the Writeability Fellowship is an incredible gift. I’ve been able to go deeper into my practice, experiment with ideas and dedicate myself to my novel with Laura’s support and expert guidance. My writing is getting stronger and I feel more confident in what I’m doing. Writing a novel to me often feels like being lost alone in the dark, but through the fellowship, I’ve started to feel my way through.”Claire Capel-Stanley
“The Writeability Fellowship allowed me to interrogate the directions my manuscript could take, under the guidance of a wonderfully warm, generous and insightful mentor. Myfanwy posed pertinent questions, gave advice backed by experience and some much-needed encouragement when I felt confused and out of my depth. She has helped me gain confidence to progress this project while still maintaining its non-standard format. I look forward to every meeting Myf and I have and am so grateful to Writers Victoria for this opportunity.”Sarah Halfpenny
“Being a Writeability fellow has been such an amazing experience. The guidance I’ve had with my writing project has been immensely helpful in not only boosting my confidence but in helping me to refine my writerly tools. My writing project has got so much stronger because of it and I can’t thank the Writeability program enough!”Beau Windon
Interested in applying? If you need more information, contact Writers Victoria by email or call (03) 9094 7837.