Own Voices Forum: Why Writing Matters (Bendigo)

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Jax Jacki Brown (Image by Paul Dunn)
02 August 2017 - 9:45 to 2:30 PM
The Own Voices Forum in Bendigo in August 2017 will explore how writing and storytelling can help develop new ways of thinking about the self, disability, and community.

Who is it for?

The forum is for people with disability in Bendigo and the Loddon NDIS region, as well as arts and community development workers, disability and health service providers, teachers, local councils and libraries.

When we say that Write-ability is a program for people with disability, we mean that it's for anyone who experiences barriers as a result of their particular impairment or 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 impairments, hidden impairments, ongoing medical conditions, intellectual impairments, 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.


By bridging the gap between mainstream arts and disability communities, the Own Voices Forum will use writing to break down barriers to social inclusion and give people with disability the skills and opportunity to tell their stories their way.

  • 09.45 am - Registrations open.
  • 10.00 am - Welcome and Why Writing Matters (the Writers Vic team will teach you about the Social Model of Disability, best-practice language, advocacy and power, and share some tips on how to write about disability)
  • 12.00 pm - Lunch (provided)
  • 12.30 pm - Reading from disability writer, activist and performer Jax Jacki Brown.
  • 12.45 pm - Writing Workshop (develop creative and professional writing skills with Jax Jacki Brown)
  • 02.15 pm - Learn about upcoming writing opportunities for people with disability in the region (and how to get involved).
  • 02.30 pm - Close

More about Write-ability

The Own Voices Forum is part of Write-ability Goes Regional and Online, one of the only fully-accessible and disability-led writing and literary initiatives in Australia.

Following the forum, the program will include workshops, author talks and webinars for people with disability interested in writing and build writing skills for creativity and employment. Watch this space for more information coming soon.

Special Offer: People with disability in the Loddon NDIS region can also get 30% off a Writers Victoria membership by before the end of October 2017. Find out more on the this website.

The Capital Theatre
50 View Street
Bendigo, VIC 3550

Phone: 03 9094 7855

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