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Writeability Goes Local

Writeability Goes Local is a nine-month creative writing program for writers and aspiring writers with disability. Based on our successful Writeability Goes Regional and Online program (2017-20), the program is designed for delivery in partnership with local government,  local writers groups, disability, arts and community organisations.

Writeability Goes Local brings writing workshops, a local mentor, guest tutors and a dedicated writers group for people with disability to the place where they live and work. The program recognises that in addition to their disability, disabled writers may also face barriers due to social isolation, economic insecurity, difficulty travelling to city based programs and the assumption that people with disability need other people to tell their stories. The program aims to bring accessible literacy programs and professional development to where they are most needed, and to foster writing networks and writers groups which will continue beyond the formal program. Key to the success of this program is our prioritising of the employment of program officers, presenters, tutors, writers and mentors who identify as people with disability to provide role-models and peer support.

The program begins with our Own Voices: Why Writing Matters Forum. The forum presents writing workshops run by writers with disability and explores how writing and storytelling can change the way we think about ourselves, disability and community. After the forum, Writeability Goes Local continues with a series of facilitated writing groups for writers with disability. As well as workshops and author talks, the writers groups access online films and other resources archived on the Writers Victoria website.

In 2021, Writeability Goes Local: Mornington Peninsula was delivered online as a collaboration between Writers Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Peninsula Writers Club. We look forward to bringing this program to writers with disability throughout Victoria.

Writeability Goes Local is a modular program that can be adjusted for the needs of different communities. If you represent an organisation that would like to learn about the cost of the program, please get in touch with program manager Jessica Obersby to discuss how it could work in your community.

We are currently accepting EOIs from Local Government Areas across Victoria interested in bringing this program to their district. Please email Jess or call (03)90947837 to discuss.

Writeability Goes Local: Darebin

We are happy to announce we will be commencing this writing program for people with disability living in Darebin in August 2022.

To register for the introductory forum, please go to the registration page here.

Writeability Goes Local: Darebin is funded by Darebin City Council.

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