Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

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Bella Li wrote her first poem in primary school, but wasn’t formally introduced to poetry – in the form of poets such as Tennyson, Poe, Pound and Eliot – until high school. She didn’t start writing poetry again until her first year at university. “The poems I wrote were particularly hideous, although at the time I thought they were okay,” says Bella. “This makes me nervous about what I am writing now.”

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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.

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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.

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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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Patricia Tobin is an emerging theatre, film and arts reviewer based in Melbourne. She spoke with Writers Victoria intern John about her love of the critique and how to get started as an arts reviewer.

On top of contributing theatre and film reviews to ArtsHub and The Essential, Patricia is also the Social Media Manager at Writers Bloc. She tweets at @havesomepatty.

Emma Buckley is an emerging writer and director for theatre, based in Melbourne. She spoke with Writers Victoria intern John about the need for truth in good writing and the shift between filmed and live performance.

"I actually have a background in filmmaking. I spent a few years as a freelance filmmaker and educator, teaching filmmaking to kids in rural and indigenous communities all over Australia. In 2011, I started exploring other storytelling art forms in Melbourne and worked as a puppeteer. I started to love live performance. This led to writing and directing my first play in...

portrait of Robert O'Brien and his wife on their wedding day

Robert O’Brien was one of five writers with disability who received an inaugural Write-ability Fellowship in 2013.

Robert and his wife Jean were the first couple with cerebal palsy to be married in Victoria. At a time when even romance was frowned on for people in their situation, their commitment and determination paved the way for other couples in their community.

In this extract from Robert’s memoir, A Boot Full of Piss, he describes how they met and fell in love.