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Writeability Goes Local: Darebin Writers Group

Writers Victoria

Event Date: 11 October 2022 11:00 AM
Author / Presenters: Writers Victoria

Writers with disability from Darebin are invited to attend our free Writeability Goes Local: Darebin Writers Group.

The Writers Group is a series of free skills development workshops open to writers with all levels of experience.

This is a facilitated writing group led by an experienced writing mentor, Gemma Mahadeo. Sessions will include a tutorial with a guest writer with disability and will make use of films and other resources from Writers Victoria’s Writeability Archive.

The writing group will be held monthly from October 2022, through to June 2023.

The Writeability Goes Local: Darebin Writers Group is scheduled to run for eight sessions over the coming months. Writers with disability at all levels of experience are invited to attend. The introductory session – the Own Voices Forum – explores how language, writing and telling our own stories helps transform ways of thinking about the self, disability and community.



Writeability Goes Local: Darebin is for writers and aspiring writers with disability in Darebin. 

When we say that Writeability is a program for people with disability, we mean that it's for anyone who experiences barriers as a result of their particular condition (such as the lack of physical access, communication barriers, discrimination or other people’s attitudes).

This includes (but isn't limited to) people with sensory or physical issues, hidden issues, ongoing medical conditions, learning difficulties or mental health conditions. If you self-identify as a person with disability, or as someone who experiences barriers as a result of your condition, then this opportunity is for you.



Please let us know about any access requirements you have.



Writeability Goes Local: Darebin is a collaboration between Writers Victoria, Darebin City Council and Darebin Libraries. It is funded by the Darebin City Council.

This nine-month creative writing program aims to reduce the disadvantages that disabled writers can face due to social isolation, the expense of professional development and the assumption that people with disability need other people to tell their stories.



Monthly writing group workshops:

  • Tuesday 11 October 2022, 11AM–1PM
  • Tuesday 8 November 2022, 11AM–1PM
  • Tuesday 13 December 2022, 11AM–1PM
  • Tuesday 14 February 2023, 11AM–1PM
  • Tuesday 14 March 2023, 11AM–1PM
  • Tuesday 11 April 2023, 11AM–1PM
  • Tuesday 9 May 2023, 11AM–1PM
  • Tuesday 13 June 2023, 11AM–1PM



About Gemma Mahadeo

Gemma Mahadeo came to Australia in 1987. Their poetry and creative non-fiction has appeared in various print and online publications, locally and internationally. In 2019, they wrote the Australia and New Zealand chapter for the book The Bucket List: Beer by Justin Kennedy, and was a regular contributor to the free Melbourne-based beer magazine Froth. They still occasionally update their ancient food blog, Eat Drink Stagger (eatdrinkstagger.com).


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Left: Dark green square with white bird image and text: City of Darebin.  Right: light green square with white text: the place to live.
When: 11 October 2022 - 11:00 through 13 June 2023 - 1:00 Where: 266 Gower Street Preston Library Preston, VIC 3072 Australia

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