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Local Writers Group Mentor

Date: Mon March 27 2017 9:00 am to Tue March 28 2017 8:59 am

With: Write-ability Goes Regional and Online

Write-ability Goes Regional and Online is a three-year program for aspiring writers with disability living in regional Victoria.

This contract for the position of Local Mentor will facilitate and administer a Ballarat Writers Group on a work-from home basis.

  • Duration: April 2017 to December 2017
  • Hours: Contract: 50 hours (2 full days in April plus approximately four hours per month from May to December)
  • Fee: $3,000 + GST if applicable (includes travel costs to and from activities)
  • Location: This position will be undertaken on a work-from-home basis and  through a number of events within Ballarat venues
  • Reports to: WGRO Project Officer


Program and Services

  • Attend day of training in Ballarat in April 2017 (date TBC).
  • Attend Own Voices forum in Ballarat in April 2017 (date TBC).
  • Facilitate the local Write-ability Goes Regional Writers Group sessions in Ballarat – one session per month for eight months (dates TBC):
    • Potential dates could include Wednesday May 10, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 11, November 8 and December 6 from 11.00am – 1.00pm (including 2 hour session and 2 hours prep/admin per month)
  • Provide information, advice and mentoring/guidance to Write-ability participants through writing group sessions.
  • Liaise with Write-ability tutors, workshop leaders, mentors and venue partners.


  • WGRO Writers Group administration.
  • Provide administrative support to writing group sessions (including set-up of AV and webinars).
  • Provide monthly wrap-up of project outcomes to date  for Project Officer and Mentor.
  • Maintain electronic and hard-copy filing systems.
  • Additional duties as required.

Selection Criteria

  • Highly organised with excellent attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision (preferably in a remote office environment).
  • Strong communication and public presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including demonstrated experience liaising with people at all levels (from writers, artists and industry professionals to members, participants and volunteers).
  • Good computing skills.
  • Experience in a similar role and familiarity with the Victorian and Australian literature sector.
  • Knowledge of and connections to writing and disability communities in the Central Highlands region.

Write-ability is a disability-led literary project. Writers Victoria will prioritise applications from people with disability living in Central Highlands for this role.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter (no more than two A4 pages) outlining how you meet the selection criteria along with a copy of your CV by:

  1. Email (preferred): access@writersvictoria.org.au  
  2. Mail: Writers Victoria, Level 3, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Applications must be received by Writers Victoria by 9am on Monday 27 March 2017.

Key Dates

  • Application due date: 9am, Monday 27 March 2017
  • Interviews: Tuesday 4th April 2017 (via Skype)
  • Start date: Wednesday 26th April 2017

This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

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