The Writers Group is a series of free skills development workshops open to writers with all levels of experience.
This is a facilitated writing group led by an experienced writing mentor. Sessions will include a tutorial with a guest writer with disability and will make use of films and other resources from the Writeability Archive.
The group starts in May and sessions will be held online monthly until February 2022.
Introduction to the program:
- Saturday 22 May 2021, 2-4pm
- Saturday 12 June 2021, 2-4pm
- Saturday 17 July 2021, 2-4pm
- Saturday 14 August 2021, 2-4pm
- Saturday 11 September 2021, 2-4pm
- Saturday 16 October 2021, 2-4pm
- Saturday 13 November 2021, 2-4pm
- Saturday 11 December 2021, 2-4pm
- Saturday 12 February 2022, 2-4pm
Writeability Goes Local: Mornington Peninsula is a collaboration between Writers Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Peninsula Writers Club. It is funded by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.
About Anna Spargo-Ryan
Anna was born in Adelaide and now lives in in Melbourne. Her short work has been published by the Guardian, The Big Issue, ELLE, Good Weekend, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper, The Lifted Brow, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Daily Life, The Age, the ABC and many other places. She is the author of two novels: 'The Paper House' and 'The Gulf', and she has a nonfiction book forthcoming from Picador. Anna is also the Nonfiction Editor for ISLAND Magazine. Anna was the inaugural winner of The Horne Prize for her essay “The Suicide Gene”, and in 2018 was grateful to be supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria as part of their Creators’ Fund. Anna is also a PhD candidate at Deakin University, writing about memory, time, mental illness and self-making.
About Jax Jacki Brown
Jax Jacki Brown (they/them) is a disability and LGBTIQA+ rights activist, writer, and educator. Jax has written for Junkee, Daily Life, The Feminist Observer, Writers Victoria, ABC’s Ramp Up, Hot Chicks with Big Brains and Archer Magazine. Jax is published in the following anthologies: 'Queer Disability Anthology' (2015), 'QueerStories: Reflections on Lives Well Lived from Some of Australia's Finest LGBTIQA+ Writers' (2018), 'Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories' (2019), 'Growing up Queer in Australia' (2019) and the forthcoming 'We’ve got this: parenting and disability anthology' (2022). Jax is interested in how we can build resilience, pride and community for people with disabilities.
About Jessica Walton
Jessica Walton is a queer, disabled writer, teacher and musician living on unceded Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri land with her wife and children. Jess is the author of Introducing Teddy, a gentle story about a transgender teddy bear. She wrote it after realising that the picture books on her kids’ shelves didn’t reflect the diversity of her family. Jess is the author of graphic novel Stars In Their Eyes (artwork by Aśka) which will be published by Fremantle Press in late 2021. She has two short stories for teens and kids published in Australian anthologies Funny Bones (Allen and Unwin 2019) and Meet Me at the Intersection (Fremantle Press 2018). In 2017 Jess completed a Writeability Fellowship with Writers Victoria focused on poetry about disability, cancer and pain. In 2020 she completed a Publishability Fellowship, which continues this work. Jess has had poems published in a few anthologies, magazines and journals. She also has a patreon where she shares her poetry directly with patrons. Jess co-wrote an episode of Get Krack!n focused on disability, which aired on the ABC in February 2019.
Please let us know about any access requirements you have.
PLEASE NOTE: Writers Victoria staff and/or volunteers are available to assist all event participants, but are not trained support workers. If you require ongoing assistance throughout the event, we suggest that you arrange a support work or carer to attend with you. Support workers, carers and companions attend Writers Victoria events for free, however we ask that you inform us of their attendance in advance if possible.
More about Writeability Goes Local
This nine-month creative writing program is funded by Mornington Peninsula Shire and is a collaboration with Writers Victoria and Peninsula Writers Club. It aims to reduce the disadvantages that disabled writers can face due to social isolation, remoteness from city-based programs, the expense of professional development and the assumption that people with disability need other people to tell their stories.
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