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New ‘Write-ability’ program to go rural, online

Writers Victoria has announced a new three-year Write-ability program for aspiring writers with disability in regional Victoria.   

The Write-ability Goes Regional and Online program will begin in April in Ballarat, the first of eight regions to be targeted over three years. The program will include workshops, author talks and webinars for people with disability who are interested in writing, and professional development for arts and disability organisations.

The program will also be delivered to the Loddon, Inner and Outer Gippsland, Ovens Murray, Western Districts, Goulburn and Mallee regions, and include online activities, videos and information to reach a national audience.

Writers Victoria said that ‘key to the success of this disability-led initiative is the employment of coordinators, writers and mentors who identify as people with disability to provide role-models and peer support’. ‘This unique model uses writing and literature as a tool for community cultural development,’ said Writers Victoria. ‘The program has been designed around the importance of self-told stories, disability leadership, peer support, and the need for the quietest voices to be heard.’

The project has been assisted through the federal government’s Catalyst funding. Write-ability is a partnership between Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria. For more information, click here.


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