Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

Emerging Writers' Festival 2015

For the second year in a row, writers with disability will take over The Salon during the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

This poignant and political event will showcase stories from six emerging writers: Jax Jacki Brown, Carly Findlay, Claire Barnier, David Maney, Nicki Bielinski and Daniel Kirby.

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“There is power in minorities telling their own stories,” says Write-ability Salon host Jax Jacki Brown.

Brown is a feminist, disability and queer rights activist and spoken-word performer with a BA in Communication and Cultural Studies (honours) which focused on the intersections between queer and disability identities.

Photo of Sarah Widdup lying on a pink sofa, covering most of her face with a bowler hat. The text reads: "It's the hum of our biology" and "Write-ability"

Sarah Widdup was one five writers with disability who received a Write-ability Fellowship in 2014.

The Fellowships, a joint initiative of Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria, enabled Sarah to work with mentor Matthew Hooper.

Enjoy an extract from Sarah’s novella, ‘Skeletons of Character’...

Photo of Sarah Widdup lying on a pink sofa, covering most of her face with a bowler hat. The text reads: "It's the hum of our biology" and "Write-ability"

In 2014, Writers Victoria produced a series of postcards and memes of some of our Write-ability Fellows. This week, we profile the work of Sarah Widdup.

Photo of Robert O'Brien in his wheelchair at the bottom of a flight of stairs. The text says "Write-ability"

In 2014, Writers Victoria produced a series of postcards and memes of some of our Write-ability Fellows. This week, we profile the work of Robert O'Brien.

Photo of a deaf man signing 'website'

Welcome to the Writers Victoria website. Click on the video below for an introduction in Auslan.

Find out more about our Write-ability program for writers with disability.

This video was produced by Sign Language Video Productions thanks to the support of Arts Access Australia.

Photo of the ceiling at Old Melbourne Gaol

In 2014 I was nominated in Writers Victoria’s Personal Patrons Program. It seemed like such an old-fashioned and lovely notion – the kind of thing that artists dream of.

Even better was an email informing me that a Patron was interested in supporting my work and had offered to provide me with a one month residency in one of the Writers Victoria studios at Old Melbourne Gaol.

Photo of Carly Finday and Stella Young with a glass of wine

The thoughts of the Writers Victoria team are with the family of WV tutor, digital writer in residence and friend Stella Young, who passed away earlier this week.

Her fellow Write-ability tutor Carly Findlay wrote this tribute…

"I found out about Stella’s death just after 10.00 am on Monday – my birthday. I called out to my colleagues “Stella Young has died.” As a colleague consoled me, I told her what a great year Stella has had.

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Former Hazel Rowley fellow Maxine Beneba Clarke shares her advice for writers considering applying for this year's Hazel Rowley Fellowship.

"Four months before my first fiction book, 'Foreign Soil', was due to come out, snowed under with copy edits, I saw a call-out for applications for the 2014 Hazel Rowley Fellowship. The Fellowship, I read, was closing for applications in a few days, and would go to support travel and research for a significant Australian work of biography.

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Five writers with disability will receive six hours of free mentoring with authors, assessors and industry experts through the inaugural Write-ability Fellowships announced this week.

The Fellowships, a joint initiative of Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria, have been awarded to Heidi Everett (with mentor Lyndel Caffrey), Robbie O’Brien (with mentor Matthew Hooper), Jack Waghorn (with mentor Bethanie Blanchard), Kate Hood from regional Victoria (with mentor Antoinette Eklund) and Carly Findlay (with mentor Sam Twyford-Moore).