Own Voices: Why Writing Matters Forum (Shepparton)

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Jax Jacki Brown. Photo: Catherine McElhone
13 March 2019 - 10:00 to 3:00 PM
Jax Jacki Brown
Explore how language, writing and telling our own stories helps transform ways of thinking about the self, disability and community. Developed by people with disability, the forum also provides professional development on the Social Model of Disability and best practice language for organisations.

Who is it for?

The forum is for people with disability in Shepparton and the Goulburn 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.

  • 9.45am - Registrations open.
  • 10am - 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 noon - Lunch (provided).
  • 1pm - Reading from disability writer Jax Jacki Brown.
  • 1.15pm - Writing Workshop. Develop creative and professional writing skills with Jax Jacki Brown.
  • 2.45pm - Learn about upcoming writing opportunities for people with disability in the region, and how to get involved.
  • 3pm - Close.

About Jax Jacki Brown

Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTI consultant, writer, spoken-word performer, public speaker, disability sexuality educator and workshop designer and facilitator. Her written work has been published on websites such as ‘Junkee’, ‘Daily Life’, ‘The Feminist Observer’, ‘Writers Victoria’, ‘ABC’s Ramp Up’ and in print for ‘Archer Magazine: The Australian Journal for Sexual Diversity’, ‘Queer Disability Anthology (2015)’ and ‘Doing It: Women Tell the Truth About Great Sex (2016)’.

More about Write-ability

The Own Voices Forum is part of Write-ability Goes Regional and Online, one of the only fully accessible and inclusive 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 building writing skills for creativity and enjoyment. Watch this space for more information coming soon, or email us to register your interest.

Special Offer: People with disability in the Goulburn NDIS region can also get 30% off a Writers Victoria membership before the end of July 2019. Find out more here.

*Please email any dietary requirements to writeability@writersvictoria.org.au by Wednesday 6 March 2019

Riverlinks Eastbank Centre
70 Welsford St
Shepparton, VIC 3630

Phone: 9094 7855

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