Write-ability Archive

The Fear

Things I fear: Being buried alive The awful, breathless struggle of drowning Losing the ones I love Being late That I will lose my job That the planet will die due to climate change That I am unlovable That my anxiety will win I thought I was broken; that there was something wrong with me. …

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Honesty and truth a ‘wrestle’

Ahead of her Disability Binaries in Writing workshop, presented as part of the Writeability program, Micheline Lee spoke to Katy Hocking about overcoming fears and biases – both internal and external.   Your debut novel ‘The Healing Party’ came out in 2016. Has your writing process changed since then? Yes. ‘The Healing Party’ was my first attempt at …

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Change slow, but heading in the right direction

Jax Jacki Brown has been at the forefront of increasing the prominence of writers with disability in publishing. Ahead of our Own Voices: Why Writing Matters forum in Wodonga, she talks about change, the importance of stories, and her involvement in WV’s new Publishability program. You presented the writing workshop at the first Own Voices: …

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Dulcie Stone winners announced

Six writers have been named as the winners of this year’s Dulcie Stone Writing Awards at a recent ceremony at The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. The awards for writers with intellectual disability are presented by VALiD and Writers Victoria, and in their second year attracted more than sixty written and illustrated stories on the theme ‘Community – …

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2018 GMW Write-ability Fellows Announced

For six years Write-ability, in partnership with the Grace Marion Wilson Trust, has supported writers with disability through the Write-ability Fellowship program, giving five writers the opportunity to receive one-on-one support for their writing project through tailored professional development such as manuscript assessments, mentoring and curated programs of craft workshops.  This year’s judges noted that it was extremely difficult to make …

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Monday Mornings

It’s 8.45 on a Monday morning, and I’m in the car stopped at traffic lights. All around me people are on their way to work – walking, riding, driving. I notice a feeling creeping up on me, a sadness, like I’m missing something. The light turns green and I turn right, pulling into the carpark …

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The survey says…

Writers Victoria recently surveyed everyone who registered for Writeability events since the program began in 2012, along with WV members who identified as people with disability (PWD). While the statistics collected are invaluable, it’s the experience of participants that matter most. We’ve learned much from participants’ comments and stories and have already implemented changes to …

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Change needed at all levels

Awareness of disabled and marginalised writers in the publishing industry is increasing, but there’s still a long way to go, says Jessica Walton. Ahead of her Writeability – Opportunities for Writers webinar, Jess talked to Writers Victoria about seeking out opportunities and the impact they can have on writing. Writers with disability are hugely underrepresented …

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