IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Writers Victoria is closely monitoring the unfolding coronavirus situation, with the health and safety of our writers, members, event and workshop attendees, and staff being our first priority.
We urge everyone to follow advice from health authorities and if you are experiencing symptoms of cold, flu and fever, please seek medical treatment immediately. We also encourage the general practice of social distancing and self-isolation if necessary.
At this stage, the advice of the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer is that there is no material risk associated with attending a public gathering with less than 500 people. If and when the official advice changes, we will work closely with health authorities to respond to their advice.
We've been making changes to how we provide our services so that we can keep delivering them to you while keeping us all safe and well. We've decided that the best way to do this is to move as many of our upcoming workshops as possible online.
So what does this mean? Essentially, we'll be running our upcoming workshops as webinars. We see this as an opportunity to offer our program at equal value, just slightly differently. There will be a greater opportunity for individualised feedback from tutors, with shorter and sharper content offerings that focus on your own, customised learning. You can pace your learning to fit around existing commitments and to work better for you overall. We acknowledge that this won't completely replace face-to-face learning, but it does enable us to provide ongoing professional development, and will provide plenty of opportunities for ongoing discussion with your tutor and classmates, and feedback on your work. Writers Victoria has been looking to build the skills of our tutors and writers online. These are skills that we need in the current environment and will be essential in immediate future scenarios. To get yourself up to speed with how webinars work, please watch our Webinar on Webinars.
We want to know how we can best help you access our resources and program, and we'll work to improve as we move forward. Please get in touch and let us know how we can do this.
We have suspended our cancellation policy, which required 5 days’ notice for booking cancellations, for the duration of the pandemic. If you feel unwell leading up to or on the day of your booked event or workshop, Writers Victoria will cancel your attendance and provide a full credit for you to rebook to a replacement event or workshop of your choice in the future.
If you find yourself required to undergo quarantine, you can turn crisis into opportunity by taking this time to work on your writing. Writers Victoria has a range of free writing exercises available on our website. Visit: Writing Workouts and Writing Tips & Tools. You can also book in a manuscript assessment or mentoring session, which can take place online/via Skype.
Lastly, we probably don't need to remind you, but arts organisations like Writers Victoria are not-for-profit and rely on income from membership and workshops to survive. We are actively advocating for government action to support artists, including writers, and encouraging all members to log lost income via I Lost My Gig. Meanwhile, we are counting on the support of our members and community to get us through this tough time – and hope that we can do the same for each of you.
For further information on best practice, care and updates during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have compiled a list of websites and resources, which can be found below.
- The World Health Organisation’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
- The World Health Organisation’s rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Australian Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources
- Australian Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alerts