Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Can you tell me how being a woman writer has influenced your work?

And then, I feel it: on the women’s writing panel at every Australian festival. The momentary confusion. The invisibility. And sometimes, the anger and the grief. Mostly, I qualify the question. I’m a black woman writer, making work in Australia, for a largely white audience. Overtly political work. Most of my characters are black, and disenfranchised men and women. I can’t really think about being a woman writer, in isolation from that.

What I mean is: I don’t really understand your question. What I mean is:...

Five writers with disability will receive professional development opportunities at Writers Victoria through the fourth annual Write-ability Fellowships announced this week. 

Fellowships were awarded to writers working in a range of styles and genres, including creative fiction, memoir, non-fiction and creative non-fiction.

The five fellowships have been awarded to Vincent Silk, Jessica Knight, Daniel Kraus, Kate Barry and regional writer Andrew Westle.

Photo of Susan Mackenzie with her dog

Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Here Susan Mackenzie challenges the perception that 'Young People Don't Get Sick'.

Photo of Kate Hood with the text "Writing is at the very heart of my creative world"

Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Enjoy this extract from 'Hunger' by regional writer and 2013 Write-ability Fellow Kate Hood...

Photo of Natasha Agafonoff

Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Here regional writer Natasha Agafonoff explores the link between writing and wellness, and when the pen is mightier than the shrink...

Photo of Chris Van Ingen

Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

After receiving widespread acclaim for his role in the ABC production of Christos Tsiolkas' 'Barracuda', Geelong actor, writer and disability advocate Chris Van Ingen discusses how his writing has influenced his current success and why people with disability are best placed to play characters with disability...

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Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Enjoy this extract from Christian's story, 'Three little ducks'...

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WVs Write-ability program was highly commended at the 2016 Victorian Disability Awards ceremony yesterday for excellence in cultural and social access.

Over the last four years, Write-ability has provided accessible literary activities, opportunities and commissions for people with disability in Melbourne and Geelong. You can read more about ...

Photo of a sandy beach at sunset

Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Enjoy this extract from 'The line in the sand' by regional writer Amber Airey...

 

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Gail M Shell was one five writers with disability who received a Write-ability Fellowship in 2015.

The Fellowships, a joint initiative of Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria, enabled Gail to work with mentor Lyndel Caffrey.

Enjoy this extract from Gail's manuscript - 'Tom and Annie's Story'...