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Open Brackets: Writers with Disability

Open Brackets provides writers with disability access to our program, and develops their writing practice through peer assessment and access to professional support.

This is a peer led project, run by group members, Bridgett McDonald and Stephen Lord, and is supported and mentored by the SA Writers Centre’s Writing Development Manager, David Chapple.

We have a motivated and affiliated writers with disability group who meet fortnightly to support and critique. This group is a sustained by very competent writers who are dedicated to their craft and personal development.


Bridgett McDonald

Bridgett was born in Alice Springs, NT, and moved to Adelaide in 2010. She first gained her Editing Techniques qualification through Adelaide College of the Arts in 2012 and became an SA Writers Centre member that year. She has since proofread and edited numerous manuscripts, including novels and short stories, and several theses. Bridgett has also participated in pro bono work with Diabetes Counselling Online and The Weekend Australian. She is continuing her studies as a second-year student in the Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing). Her goal is to earn the AE (Accredited Editor) moniker at the end of my name.

Stephen Lord was born in Adelaide in 1976, and has spent more than 25 years waiting for a TARDIS to come and whisk him away. He took to making things up and writing them down when it became abundantly clear he couldn’t play the guitar to save his life. In 2008 he renewed a long lapsed membership with the SA Writers Centre and has been part of the furniture ever since. He founded Crime Writers SA at the same time and allegedly runs it to this day. He has spent far too long in university tutorial rooms fishing with explosives and longer still in the studios of community radio stations, where he developed an unhealthy relationship with the sound of his own voice. He has a similarly abiding fondness for popular fiction and decisively unpopular music, and is prone to fits of impotent nerd rage.

Writers are eligible to spend 12 months on the program. During this period, participants will identify their writing goals and will be supported to achieve those goals. To register, fill out the Writers with Disability Form and return to [email protected] or to our office.

All events, except where advertised, are at SA Writers Centre. We have disability access, a laptop with voice recognition software, a high hearing unit and accessible toilets. SA Writers Centre is an inclusive organisation that is committed to ensuring access for all writers to its program of events and opportunities.


This program is supported by the South Australia Government through Arts SA
and the Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability Trust.

Arts SA