City of Wodonga


Girls Write Up to inspire young storytellers

Wodonga Library will host 134 aspiring writers at the sold-out Girls Write Up festival today.

The day-long festival for teens aged 12 to 18 aims to teach empowerment through writing and sharing stories.

Participants include students from Wodonga schools, as well as the Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre, the local Girl Guides group, and schools from Beechworth and Rutherglen.

The program of panels and practical workshops explores the relationship between language, gender and power, and the effects of unconscious bias on our sense of self.

Over the day, authors, journalists, broadcasters, graphic artists, poets and other creative thinkers will share the ways they have used their writing to define their identities and shape the world around them.

Guest speakers include inspirational female writers including Alicia Sometimes (writer, poet and broadcaster), Lorin Elizabeth (a spoken-word poet), Winnie Dunn (whose work has been published in The Vocal and other publications), Alice Chipkin (emerging writer and comics maker), and Alana Schetzer (politics writer).

Not limited to female participants, the festival is targeted to anyone who has felt limited by their gender and wants to understand how language can be used to liberate and empower.

It unpacks the ways that the female voice has been devalued in literary and popular culture, and gives participants the opportunity to discover their own creative voice, equipping them with the skills and the confidence to use it.

Wodonga is hosting the only regional event, with other Girls Write Up festivals held in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.

Girls Write Up is an education program run by the Stella Prize; a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing, and an organisation that champions cultural change.

The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013.

Last updated: 12-10-2017

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