Storming the City is a Writeability program designed to see writers with disability recognised, celebrated and employed in the City of Melbourne, and is funded by the City of Melbourne via their Arts and Creative Investments Partnership program.
As part of Storming the City, two writing groups for disabled writers were created and commenced in March 2022 at the Wheeler Centre and the Kathleen Syme Library in Carlton, as well as a variety of commissioned pieces with Writers Victoria, and public events including readings, panels, and spoken word.
Storming the City Writing Groups
In 2022 we ran two writing groups for people with disability as part of our Storming the City Program. Led by local mentors Jax Jacki Brown and Nicole Smith, and hosting guest tutors, the writing groups met monthly at the Kathleen Syme Library in Carlton and the Wheeler Centre in the CBD, providing free access to support and professional development for writers with disability in the place where they live.
Participants in the groups came together to share their work, develop their writing skills and build creative, professional and social connectedness in the City of Melbourne. Writers Victoria also worked with these writers to develop and present public events, as well as commissioning and publishing their writing.