ONLINE SEMINAR: Lunchtime Bites: Writing With and About Disability

Portrait of Lyndel Caffrey, a woman with pale skin and grey hair. She is wearing glasses and a red sleeveless top.

A portrait of Lyndel Caffrey
09 August 2021 - 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Lyndel Caffrey
Too often, writers use disabled characters and disability themes to present characters who symbolise wickedness, weakness, or mysticism. Stories of the beast transformed into a handsome prince or scar-faced, hunch-backed villains plunging to their deaths dominate books and films, and disabled women are rarely the romantic lead in Hollywood rom-coms. Join Lyndel Caffrey, Writeability Program Manager at Writers Victoria, to explore ways to write about our own experiences of disability, or include disabled characters and themes in our stories, in new and meaningful ways.

This seminar will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

Lunchtime Bites sessions are free for members, but places are limited. Please book quickly.

You will learn: 

  • the social model of disability
  • About own voices and ways to tell your story
  • about writing disabled characters with respect and understanding
  • how to avoid common traps, stereotypes, and cliches when writing disabled characters and stories that examine disability


About Lyndel Caffrey

Lyndel Caffrey is a Melbourne writer, mentor and creative writing teacher. Lyndel has been published by Southerly, Poetrix, Vignette Press and among others. Her novella Glad featured in Griffith Review38. She’s working on two novels and a local history: The Christmas Box, set in 1930s Melbourne, The Gun Club set in Brighton in 1914, and Kooloonong: The Land and Its People, a history of the Mallee Soldier Settlement. Lyndel works for Writers Victoria as Writeability Program Manager. 


Phone: 90947840
Registration fee
Members $ 0.00
Non-members $ 25.00

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