Write-ability explores the written word

Article image - Write-ability explores the written word Write-ability workshop helps people with disability explore the written word.

Mildura Rural City Council, Victoria, is about to introduce an eight-month program aimed at providing people with disability in the region with opportunities to express themselves through writing.


Write-ability is based around a series of monthly workshops, overseen by a local writing mentor.

It’s suitable for any writer with disability, as well as their family and support workers, and is aimed at developing their skills and providing a creative outlet to express themselves.

Community Development and Gender Equality Councillor, Helen Healy, said the group would meet on a monthly basis from June this year until February 2020.

The initiative will be officially launched in Mildura with a forum on Friday 17 May called ‘Own Voices: Why Writing Matters’, with feature writers Andy Jackson and Heidi Everett.

Cr Healy, said, “Writing is a fantastic way to communicate – whether it be expressing what you’re feeling or thinking, or as a medium to explore your creative side through story-telling.

“Write-ability is a way to ensure these valuable opportunities are available to as many people as possible in our region, including people with disability.”

Cr Healy said the local writing mentor would be on hand to provide information, advice and guidance throughout the program.