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The hitch to getting hitched

Robert O’Brien was one of five writers with disability who received an inaugural Write-ability Fellowship in 2013. Robert and his wife Jean were the first couple with cerebal palsy to be married in Victoria. At a time when even romance was frowned on for people in their situation, their commitment and determination paved the way …

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FUBAR

Michelle Roger was one of six emerging writers who showcased their work at the Writeability Salon at EWF on Sunday 1 June, 2014. Following a series of advocacy and life-writing workshops for writers with disability, the Writeability Salon unearthed the sort of unique and powerful stories that usually go untold. The Write-abilty Salon is supported …

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My Friend Fox

Heidi Everett was one of five writers with disability who received an inaugural Writeability Fellowship in 2013. The Fellowships, a joint initiative of Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria, enabled Heidi to work with mentor Lyndel Caffrey. “My Friend Fox is my story learning to live with schizophrenia and depression and the effects they have …

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Tom Reed wins Crime Writing Competition

Tom Reed has been announced as the winner of the inaugural RMIT–Writers Victoria Crime Writing Competition. RMIT creative writing, professional writing and screenwriting students were invited to submit a short piece of crime writing that they wanted to work on in the Cells for Writers studios at the Old Melbourne Gaol. Tom will make use …

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Write-ability Fellows announced

Five writers with disability will receive six hours of free mentoring with authors, assessors and industry experts through the second annual Write-ability Fellowships announced this week. Fellowships were awarded to writers working in a range of styles and genres, including memoir, non-fiction, blogging, short story and poetry. “We received more than 35 applications from all …

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The Crier of Greybank

Jack Waghorn was one of five writers with disability who received an inaugural Writeability Fellowship in 2013. The Fellowships, a joint initiative of Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria, enabled Jack to work with mentor Bethanie Blanchard. Following is an extract from Jack’s short story, which is part of ‘House of Shadows’ – an anthology …

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Diverse writers win mentorships

In 2013 Writers Victoria launched a mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds. The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Mentorship Program was established to support and promote the diversity that forms the fabric of our writing and our broader community. The five recipients of our 2013 CALD Mentorship Program were Beverly Almeida, Lian Low, …

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Playwrighting Fellows announced

In 2012, the Grace Marion Wilson Trust supported a Playwrights’ Fellowship to assist emerging Victorian playwrights. This inaugural fellowship will be overseen by internationally acclaimed Melbourne playwright, Raimondo Cortese. Six successful fellows were chosen. They are Andrew Frederik Harmsen, Carly Beth Nugent, Diane Stubbings, Didem Caia, Kieran Carroll and Simon Godfrey. These playwrights will be …

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Kerry Loughrey wins Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup

Amidst the red velvety warmth of the beautiful Trades Hall Bella Union Bar, this year’s Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup went off. In a good way. Forty poets braved the microphone with their poems condensed into 60 seconds (a feat and a half!). Ten of these made it through to round two to perform a two-minute …

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