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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).

Cover of the Festivals edition of The Victorian Writer magazine, featuring an illustration of a hand throwing a ball

We are excited to be publishing three pieces selected from the Regional Members’ Writing Competition in the August edition of ‘The Victorian Writer’.

Lyn Chatham’s poem ‘Codrington’, which placed third, is published in this festival edition, along with highly commended members Mark Smith and Lucy Bowler. They are also rubbing shoulders with Kate Holden, Emily Bitto and Bethanie Blanchard.

Stay tuned for winner Harriet Gaffney’s piece ‘Recognition’, and Vicky Daddo’s ‘Run’ which placed second, in upcoming issues of the magazine.

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.

Leisa Prowd was one of six emerging writers who showcased their work at the Write-ability Salon at EWF on Sunday 1 June, 2014.

headshot of Heidi Everett

Heidi Everett was one of five writers with disability who received an inaugural Writeability Fellowship in 2013.

Tom Reed has been announced as the winner of the inaugural RMIT–Writers Victoria Crime Writing Competition.

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

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In 2013 Writers Victoria launched a mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds. The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Mentorship Program was established to support and promote the diversity that forms the fabric of our writing and our broader community.

The five recipients of our 2013 CALD Mentorship Program were Beverly Almeida, Lian Low, Fatima Sehbai, Hariklia Heristanidis and Hoa Pham – representing both metropolitan and regional Victoria, and emerging and established positions on the writing spectrum.

In 2012, the Grace Marion Wilson Trust supported a Playwrights' Fellowship to assist emerging Victorian playwrights.

This inaugural fellowship will be overseen by internationally acclaimed Melbourne playwright, Raimondo Cortese.

Six successful fellows were chosen. They are Andrew Frederik Harmsen, Carly Beth Nugent, Diane Stubbings, Didem Caia, Kieran Carroll and Simon Godfrey.

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Amidst the red velvety warmth of the beautiful Trades Hall Bella Union Bar, this year’s Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup went off. In a good way. Forty poets braved the microphone with their poems condensed into 60 seconds (a feat and a half!).

Ten of these made it through to round two to perform a two-minute poem, trying to woo the fabulous judges – Peter Bakowski, Claire Gaskin and Lisa Gorton – with rehearsed renditions of their original poems.