Writeability Goes Local is a nine-month creative writing program for writers and aspiring writers with disability. Based on our successful Writeability Goes Regional and Online program (2017-20), the program is designed for delivery in partnership with local government, local writers groups, disability, arts and community organisations.
Writeability Goes Local brings writing workshops, a local mentor, guest tutors and a dedicated writers group for people with disability to the place where they live and work. The program recognises that in addition to their disability, disabled writers may also face barriers due to social isolation, economic insecurity, difficulty travelling to city based programs and the assumption that people with disability need other people to tell their stories. The program aims to bring accessible literacy programs and professional development to where they are most needed, and to foster writing networks and writers groups which will continue beyond the formal program. Key to the success of this program is our prioritising of the employment of program officers, presenters, tutors, writers and mentors who identify as people with disability to provide role-models and peer support.
The program begins with our Own Voices: Why Writing Matters Forum. The forum presents writing workshops run by writers with disability and explores how writing and storytelling can change the way we think about ourselves, disability and community. After the forum, Writeability Goes Local continues with a series of facilitated writing groups for writers with disability. As well as workshops and author talks, the writers groups access online films and other resources archived on the Writers Victoria website.
Writeability Goes Local is a modular program that can be adjusted for the needs of different communities. If you represent an organisation that would like to learn about the cost of the program, please get in touch with program manager Lyndel Caffrey to discuss how it could work in your community.
We are currently accepting EOIs from Local Government Areas across Victoria interested in bringing this program to their district. Please email Lyndel or call (03)90947837 to discuss.
Writeability Goes Local: Mornington Peninsula
We are happy to anounce we will be commencing this writing program for people with disability living in Mornington Peninsula in May 2021 as an online (Zoom) program, beginning with the Why Writing Matters Forum 5.30-7.30pm Thursday 20 May, and the Our Own Voices Forum on Saturday 22 May.
A monthly Writeability writers group will meet with Local Mentor Anna Spargo-Ryan on Saturdays from 2-4pm, on the following dates: 12 June, 17 July, 14 August, 11 September, 16 October, 13 November, 11 December 2021 and 12 February 2022.
For more information or to register for the forums or writers group, please contact Writeability Program Manager Lyndel Caffrey
Writeability Goes Local: Mornington Peninsula is funded by Mornington Peninsula Shire and is a collaboration between Writers Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Peninsula Writers Club.