Andrea Rowe

None of us have met before, or know each other’s writing styles.

But each saw something in the Writeability call out that enticed us to sign up.

And now we’re finding something in our own voices, and exploring how we can each use the energy of our experiences with disability to inform our writing.

The Mornington Peninsula Writeability program launched in June 2021 in partnership with Writers Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Peninsula Writers’ Club.

The Neilma Sidney Travel Fund, Round 6

Writers Victoria, with the support of The Myer Foundation, is delighted to announce the recipients of Round 6 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund.

This round’s judges were author and bookseller Jaclyn Crupi, writer Jeanine Leane, and editor Renée Otmar. The judges were impressed with the overall quality of the applications in what was a competitive round, awarding a total of $58,687 to the 12 recipients.

Congratulations to:

Writers Victoria is very excited to finally be sharing our 2021 Season 2 Program with our community! We're so proud of the program we've put together, spanning July – December of this year.

We have a large offering of events, online feedback clinics, and are again offering an extensive mix of online and in-person workshops.

Jessica Healy Walton leads a Writeablity forum

Writers Victoria, in collaboration with Mornington Peninsula Shire and Peninsula Writers Club, is delighted to announce the resumption of Writeability Goes Local: Mornington Peninsula following a 12 month delay due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

This exciting new writing program for writers with disability is funded by Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Writers Victoria is proud to partner with LIMINAL and Pantera Press for the LIMINAL & Pantera Press Nonfiction Prize. Read on for a full media release from Pantera Press, or read over on the Pantera Press website:


Want the chance to meet other writers in the Writers Victoria community?

To have a say in who runs your peak body?

Go in the draw for a free book?

Whatever your motivation, Writers Victoria is delighted to welcome members to our Annual General Meeting for the 2020 Calendar Year, to be held on Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 6pm (via Zoom).


Meeting Agenda

A banner that says Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund

Writers Victoria is pleased to announce that applications for Round 6 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund will open on 1 April 2021.

Mandy Sayer

On Wednesday 3 March, in front of a large audience at Adelaide Writers’ Week, Mandy Sayer was announced as winner of the 2021 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.

Mandy Sayer was awarded $15,000 for her proposed biography of Australian silent filmmakers the McDonagh sisters, Paulette, Isabelle, and Phyllis. Between 1926 and 1933 the three sisters wrote, produced and directed the films, while one of them acted in the main roles.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Writers Victoria community,

As you are no doubt aware, the Victorian Government has announced new coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and we are committed to safe practices for our staff, members and wider community.

The restrictions have been introduced after a Hotel Quarantine worker at the Grand Hyatt Hotel tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Hazel Rowley Literary Committee and Writers Victoria are pleased to announce seven writers have been shortlisted for the 2021 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, worth $15,000.

“The shortlist reflects an exciting and diverse range of subjects both contemporary and historic, including artists, filmmakers, actors and writers,” said Della Rowley, Hazel’s sister. “This year, more than any other, it is vital to support writers. Given the impact of COVID-19, priority has been given to writers researching and writing within Australia.